Audio Archives

Faulkner at Virginia

Person Describing Archive

Celyn Harding Jones (2010); Chelsea Obodoechina (2020)

Is this primarily a poetry audio site?


Sponsoring Person or Institution

University of Virginia

Site URL

Site Last Updated
Date Visited


General Description of Archive

Lectures given by William Faulkner at Virginia University between 1957 and 1958 were recorded and have now been digitized and uploaded online. The archive provides the recordings, along with transcriptions, essays, context, and photographs.

Description of archive history or URL

Professor Stephen Railton, from the English department at Virginia University has digitzed the recordings and contextualized them, adding them to this online archive in hopes of sharing these valuable lectures. This archive was opened to the public in July of 2010.

Contact information

"Stephen Railton, Professor of English, UVA, / Michael Plunkett, Co-conspirator
Fellow, Mary and David Harrison Institute for American History, Literature, and Culture. "

Searchable options

Interesting search: you can search the tapes and transcripts for any keyword. So, if you're looking for Faulkner talking about the Sound and the Fury, every instance that those words are mentioned comes up on the search, but it also pulls up the part of the recording and the transcript of where it's mentioned. This would be very helpful for our archives.

Relation from the audio to the text

The transcript is available below the recording. Both the recording and the text are separated into bite-sized sections. The audio is queued to the appropriate point in the recording. This would also work very well for our archive.

Date/Time/Length/Context info about the audio items

Date, occasion, tape archive #, length and title of recording are noted. Context is provided in another section, with a history of Faulkner's writing, his life and the contexts of these recordings. Note: the audio and transcript aren't time stamped, but divided into small sections.UPDATE (Chelsea Obodoechina): Mobile access is possible, but the website does not cater to mobile devices. Functionality may vary depending on the device.

Author bios and context within literary history

Context, history and author bio can be found under the Context page. Information about the old reels and original recording practices can be found on the bottom of the Browsing page.

Audio file type: streaming, download, file format, audio file compression quality (WAV, MP3, bitrate)

the file streams, using Quicktime.

Multimedia integration (pictures, video, etc.)

There were no videos of Faulkner during the 50's, and photos are displayed in the Context and history section.

Audio playback setup (opens in Flash player, on new blank screen, etc.)

There are small play bars on the screen that play directly.

Mobile access (i.e. accessible on smart phones, tablets, etc.)

UPDATE (Chelsea Obodoechina): Mobile access is possible, but the website does not cater to mobile devices. Functionality may vary depending on the device.


Browsing is simple on this site, as there are only a handful of recordings, organized by date, each with a description of the recording.

Discovery features (pre-made playlists; dynamic lists: lists of recent additions, featured items, related items, etc).
Interactivity and Web 2.0 features

No interactivity features available.

Other notes

Notes on transcription and recording can be found in the context section.