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Warren G. Harding audio collection

Identifier: AV 42

Scope and Contents

The collection contains 8 audio discs of speeches given by Warren G. Harding during the first year of his Presidency. The speeches, which address topics such as the return of soldiers' bodies from Europe and limiting armament, date from May to November 1921. The discs were recorded by the Perfect and Victor recording labels and Coronet Recording Company of Columbus, Ohio. Additionally, the collection includes modern copies of the speeches on audio disc, reel-to-reel audio tape, and audio cassette. These were likely produced by the Ohio Historical Society Conservation Department in the 1970s or 1980s.


  • circa 1921-circa 1989


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Conditions Governing Use

This collection is available for the purpose of research. Consideration of copyright is the responsibility of the author and publisher.

Biographical / Historical

Warren G. Harding was born on November 2, 1865 near Marion, Ohio. When he was 19 he and a partner purchased the Marion Daily Star newspaper, of which he became the editor. His political career began at age 21 when he became a member of the Marion, Ohio Republican County Committee. In 1888 he went to his first national convention and campaigned for Benjamin Harrison. Harding gained a reputation as an effective orator. In 1902 he gave the eulogy for his fellow Ohioan and friend President William McKinley. In 1912 Harding delivered the speech at the Republican Convention nominating William Howard Taft as the Republican candidate for President. He was elected to the United States Senate himself in 1914. In 1920 Harding was nominated for the Presidency. He won and took office in early 1921. Though he was President for a short time, he eliminated wartime controls, cut taxes, created the Federal budget system, restored high tariffs, and imposed immigration limitations. In July of 1923 he gave his last speech. On August 2, 1923 Warren G. Harding suffered a heart attack while trip touring the western United States. He died in San Francisco, California.


1 Cubic feet


This collection is divided into two series by format: Series I: Audio Discs; Series II: Tapes.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Access copy of "Selected Speeches" on cassette tape is located in Box 2, Tape 11. All other audio discs and open reel tapes in the collection are restricted due to format.

Physical Location

AV cage, 3/3/1/F-G (Boxes 1-2)

Related Materials

AV 116 Warren G. Harding Presidential Collection P 146 Harding Memorial Association Collection SC 4548 Warren G. Harding SC 5646 Funeral of President Warren G. Harding in Marion, Ohio SC 5716 Harding Tour of Alaska V 17 Warren G. Harding Film Collection

Legal Status

The Ohio History Connection holds the property rights to this collection.

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Repository Details

Part of the Ohio History Connection Repository

800 E. 17th Ave.
Columbus Ohio 43211