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 here.
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.