Dictionary of American Regional English

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Between 1965 and 1970, fieldworkers for The Dictionary of American Regional English (DARE) conducted interviews with nearly 3000 informants all across the country. The resulting recordings, which consist of both conversational interviews and the Arthur the Rat reading passage, were digitized, anonymized, and made available through the University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries Digital Collections.

The following table includes all of the African American speakers recorded for DARE. The Informant Number column links to the University of Wisconsin Libraries page that includes the audio (in lossy mp3 format) and in a few cases, a transcript. For lossless audio (e.g. WAV format), contact DARE@english.wisc.edu. A text version of this table is available Plain text iconhere.

Informant Number Tape state city sex yob yoi age fieldworker
AL001 0001-S1/S2 Alabama Jasper Female 1905 1966 61 Robert Hausmann
AL011 0013-S1/S2 Alabama Oxford Male 1883 1966 83 Robert Hausmann
AL013 0015-S2 Alabama Anniston Female 1911 1966 55 Robert Hausmann
AL014 0016-S1, 0017-S1/S2 Alabama Tuscaloosa Female 1927 1966 39 Robert Hausmann
AL024 0027-S1/S2 Alabama Coatopa Female 1907 1966 59 Virginia Foscue
AL059 0046-S1 Alabama Birmingham Male 1910 1970 60 Charlotte Brown
AL061 0047-S1 Alabama Tuskegee Female 1946 1970 24 Charlotte Brown
AL062 0048-S1 Alabama Tuskegee Male 1906 1970 64 Charlotte Brown
CT020 0209-S1/S2 Connecticut Brooklyn Female 1887 1969 82 David Goldberg
CT042 0217-S1 Connecticut Bridgeport Female 1902 1970 68 David Goldberg
CT043 0218-S1 Connecticut Bridgeport Female 1927 1970 43 David Goldberg
DC003 0221-S1/S2 Washington, DC Washington, DC Female 1892 1966 74 Frederic G. Cassidy
DC005 0222-S1 Maryland Brandywine Male 1904 1966 62 Frederic G. Cassidy
DC011 0226-S1 Washington, DC Washington, DC Female 1930 1970 40 Gladys Saunders
DC012 0227-S1/S2 Washington, DC Washington, DC Male 1914 1970 56 Gladys Saunders
DC013 0228-S1 Washington, DC Washington, DC Female 1925 1970 45 Gladys Saunders
DC014 0229-S1 Washington, DC Washington, DC Male 1914 1970 56 Gladys Saunders
DC015 0230-S1 Washington, DC Washington, DC Female 1915 1970 55 Gladys Saunders
FL001 0236-S1 Florida Palatka Male 1896 1966 70 Ruth Porter
FL002 0237-S1 Florida Palatka Female 1878 1966 88 Ruth Porter
FL033 0268-S1 Florida Ocala Female 1895 1966 71 Ruth Porter
FL041 0276-S1/S2 Florida Interlachen Female 1883 1966 83 Ruth Porter
FL048 0284-S1 Florida Havana Male 1930 1970 40 Laura Murray
FL049 0285-S1 Florida Havana Female 1905 1970 65 Laura Murray
FL050 0286-S1 Florida Havana Male 1880 1970 90 Laura Murray
FL051 0287-S1 Florida Gifford Female 1929 1970 41 Laura Murray
FL052 0288-S1 Florida Gifford Male 1942 1970 28 Laura Murray
GA004 0291-S1 Georgia Louisville Female 1903 1966 63 Michael Lampman
GA061 0322-S1 Georgia Marshallville Male 1915 1968 53 Sally Rentschler
GA079 0330-S1 Georgia Rome Female 1899 1969 70 Detlef Stark
GA090 ? Georgia Atlanta Female 1954 1970 16 Charlotte Brown
GA091 0336-S1 Georgia Atlanta Male 1940 1970 30 Charlotte Brown
GA092 0337-S1 Georgia Eatonton Female 1951 1970 19 Charlotte Brown
GA093 ? Georgia Eatonton Male 1955 1970 15 Charlotte Brown
IL137 0477-S1/S2 Illinois Chicago Female 1943 1970 27 Charlotte Brown
IL140 0478-S1 Illinois Chicago Female 1947 1970 23 Charlotte Brown
IL145 0479-S1/S2 Illinois Chicago Male 1941 1970 29 Charlotte Brown
KY093 0572-S1 Kentucky Hopkinsville Male 1914 1970 56 Marsha McKeldin
KY094 0573-S1 Kentucky Hopkinsville Female 1908 1970 62 Marsha McKeldin
LA006 0578-S1/S2 Louisiana Clinton Female 1895 1967 72 August Rubrecht
LA007 0579-S1/S2 Louisiana Clinton Male 1891 1967 76 August Rubrecht
LA008 0580-S1 Louisiana Lake Providence Male 1913 1967 54 August Rubrecht
LA022 0589-S1/S2 Louisiana New Orleans Male 1906 1968 62 August Rubrecht
MA008 0827-S1 Massachusetts Boston Female 1935 1967 32 David Carlson
MA089 0880-S1 Massachusetts Plymouth Male 1937 1967 30 Audrey Duckert
MA122 0913-S1 Massachusetts Boston Female 1912 1970 58 Gladys Saunders
MA123 0914-S1 Massachusetts Boston Male 1925 1970 45 Gladys Saunders
MA128 0912-S1 Massachusetts Boston Female 1925 1970 45 Gladys Saunders
MI072 0712-S1 Michigan Detroit Female 1926 1967 41 John Reddington
MO008 0785-S1/S2 Missouri Columbia Female 1897 1967 70 Gerald Udell
MO022 0809-S1 Missouri New Madrid Female 1901 1970 69 Marsha McKeldin
MO023 0810-S1 Missouri New Madrid Female 1926 1970 44 Marsha McKeldin
MO029 0811-S1 Missouri St. Louis Female 1927 1970 43 Marsha McKeldin
MO031 0812-S1 Missouri University City Female 1900 1970 70 Marsha McKeldin
MS045 0764-S1 Mississippi Starkville Female 1913 1966 53 Benjamin L. Crane
MS061 0766-S1 Mississippi Oxford Male 1895 1965 70 Benjamin L. Crane
MS075 0771-S1 Mississippi Meriden Female 1906 1966 60 Benjamin L. Crane
MS076 0772-S1 Mississippi Oak Top Female 1870 1966 96 Benjamin L. Crane
MS077 0773-S1 Mississippi Redwood Female 1886 1966 80 Benjamin L. Crane
MS079 0775-S1 Mississippi Jackson Female 1905 1970 65 Marsha McKeldin
MS081 0776-S1 Mississippi Jackson Male 1925 1970 45 Marsha McKeldin
MS086 0777-S1 Mississippi Mound Bayou Female 1897 1970 73 Marsha McKeldin
NC039 0968-S1 North Carolina Durham Female 1902 1967 65 Nancy Williamson
NC066 0984-S1 North Carolina Hillsborough Female 1909 1969 60 Dale Ruff
NC083 0990-S1 North Carolina Elizabeth City Female 1882 1970 88 Laura Murray
NC084 0991-S1 North Carolina Elizabeth City Female 1912 1970 58 Laura Murray
NC085 0992-S1/S2 North Carolina Elizabeth City Male 1918 1970 52 Laura Murray
NC086 0993-S1 North Carolina Elizabeth City Female 1902 1970 68 Laura Murray
NC087 0994-S1 North Carolina Rocky Mount Male 1907 1970 63 Laura Murray
NC088 0995-S1 North Carolina Princeville Female 1910 1970 60 Laura Murray
NC089 0996-S1 North Carolina Princeville Female 1950 1970 20 Laura Murray
NC090 0994-S1 North Carolina Rocky Mount Male 1906 1970 64 Laura Murray
NJ067 1055-S1 New Jersey Asbury Park Female 1898 1970 72 David Goldberg
NJ068 1056-S1 New Jersey Asbury Park Female 1909 1970 61 David Goldberg
NJ069 1057-S1 New Jersey Trenton Male 1906 1970 64 David Goldberg
NJ070 1058-S1 New Jersey Trenton Male 1924 1970 46 David Goldberg
NY055 1102-S1/S2 New York Queens Female 1920 1968 48 Iris Greenberg
NY061 1106-S1-S2 New York Queens Female 1884 1968 84 Susan Greenberg
NY236 1203-S1 New York Manhattan Female 1937 1970 33 Gladys Saunders
NY240 1195-S1/S2 New York Bronx Male 1897 1970 73 David Goldberg
NY242 1196-S1/S2 New York New York Male 1916 1970 54 David Goldberg
OH102 1283-S1/S2 Ohio Cincinnati Female 1935 1970 35 Charlotte Brown
OH103 ? Ohio Cincinnati Male 1953 1970 17 Charlotte Brown
OK053 1311-S1 Oklahoma Taft Male 1890 1970 80 Maurice Lee
OK054 1312-S1 Oklahoma Taft Male 1947 1970 23 Maurice Lee
OK055 1313-S1 Oklahoma Taft Male 1915 1970 55 Maurice Lee
OK056 1314-S1 Oklahoma Muskogee Female 1928 1970 42 Maurice Lee
OK057 1315-S1 Oklahoma Muskogee Male 1933 1970 37 Maurice Lee
PA066 1366-S1 Pennsylvania Chester Female 1948 1968 20 James Breuer
PA172 1421-S1 Pennsylvania Philadelphia Female 1919 1968 49 James Breuer
PA239 1459-S1 Pennsylvania Philadelphia Female 1943 1970 27 Gladys Saunders
PA240 1460-S1 Pennsylvania Philadelphia Male 1939 1970 31 Gladys Saunders
PA241 1461-S1 Pennsylvania Philadelphia Female 1948 1970 22 Gladys Saunders
PA247 1462-S1 Pennsylvania Philadelphia Female 1941 1970 29 Gladys Saunders
PA248 1463-S1 Pennsylvania Philadelphia Female 1930 1970 40 Gladys Saunders
SC009 1480-S1 South Carolina Georgetown Male 1890 1966 76 Raymond O'Cain
SC010 1481-S1 South Carolina Georgetown Male 1900 1966 66 Raymond O'Cain
SC014 1485-S1 South Carolina Georgetown Male 1891 1966 75 Raymond O'Cain
SC015 1486-S1 South Carolina Georgetown Male 1903 1966 63 Raymond O'Cain
SC016 1487-S1 South Carolina Plantersville Male 1883 1966 83 Raymond O'Cain
SC026 1496-S1/S2 South Carolina Orangeburg Female 1908 1966 58 Raymond O'Cain
SC055 1519-S1 South Carolina Columbia Male 1901 1968 67 Raymond O'Cain
SC064 1526-S1 South Carolina Beaufort Male 1950 1968 18 Raymond O'Cain
SC065 1527-S1 South Carolina Beaufort Male 1950 1968 18 Raymond O'Cain
SC066 1528-S1 South Carolina Charleston Female 1902 1970 68 Laura Murray
SC067 1529-S1 South Carolina Charleston Male 1920 1970 50 Laura Murray
SC068 1530-S1 South Carolina Charleston Male 1915 1970 55 Laura Murray
SC069 1531-S1 South Carolina Port Royal Male 1924 1970 46 Laura Murray
SC070 1532-S1 South Carolina Port Royal Female 1918 1970 52 Laura Murray
SC071 1533-S1 South Carolina Charleston Female   1970 ? Laura Murray
TN046 1585-S1 Tennessee Memphis Female 1947 1970 23 Marsha McKeldin
TN048 1586-S1 Tennessee Memphis Male 1888 1970 82 Marsha McKeldin
TN051 1587-S1 Tennessee Memphis Female 1894 1970 76 Marsha McKeldin
TN052 1588-S1 Tennessee Brownsville Female 1892 1970 78 Marsha McKeldin
TN053 1589-S1 Tennessee Brownsville Male 1910 1970 60 Marsha McKeldin
TX026 1611-S1 Texas Austin Male 1896 1967 71 Warren L.P. Dwyer
TX107 1675-S1 Texas Athens Male   1970 ? David Goldberg
VA040 1697-S1 Virginia Lawrenceville Male 1890 1970 80 Sharon Huizenga
VA046 1699-S1 Virginia Smithfield Male 1902 1970 68 Sharon Huizenga
VA069 1725-S1 Virginia Capron Female 1917 1970 53 Laura Murray
VA070 1726-S1 Virginia Capron Male 1909 1970 61 Laura Murray
VA071 1727-S1/S2 Virginia Petersburg Female 1909 1970 61 Laura Murray
VA072 1728-S1 Virginia Petersburg Female 1905 1970 65 Laura Murray
VA073 1729-S1 Virginia Petersburg Male 1942 1970 28 Laura Murray
WV020 1828-S1 West Virginia Charleston Female 1944 1970 26 Charlotte Brown
WV021 1829-S1 West Virginia Charleston Male 1952 1970 18 Charlotte Brown

Rights & Access information are available on each page linked above. The DARE fieldwork recordings and transcripts have been released to support research, scholarly work, and other non-commercial usage. If you use any of these recordings, please cite the source material.