Robert L. Mott has had a long career doing sound effects for films, cartoons, and theater and for radio (such as Gangbusters, Philip Morris Playhouse and Perry Mason), and television (incl. Ed Sullivan, Jackie Gleason, The Tonight Show, Playhouse 90, Captain Kangaroo, and Bob Hope). He also wrote for Dick Van Dyke and Red Skelton. This collection includes:

  • trunk with two sound effects turntables
  • box used for "marching men" sound effect
  • drumhead and copper pellets for "ocean wave" sound effect
  • 6 sound effect discs
  • the book Radio Sound Effects

This collection is currently inaccessible during the transition of the American Radio Archives from the Thousand Oaks Library Foundation to UCSB’s Special Research Collections. Please monitor this page for updates.

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