The Voice of Firestone was an award-winning live show that began radio broadcasting weekly on NBC on December 3, 1928. It featured performances of both classical opera and popular music by key vocalists and musicians and also showcased dancers of the era. The show was sponsored by Firestone Tire and Rubber Company and the Firestone family was closely involved. Harvey S. Firestone and his son Harvey, Jr. both hosted the radio version. On September 5, 1949 the Voice of Firestone was simulcast and premiered on television. The show was aired on the radio until 1956, and remained on television until 1963. With its thirty-five year run, this show holds the distinction of being the most successful broadcast of its time.

In 1969 the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company generously gave to the Conservatory the entire Voice of Firestone collection of records, films and tapes spanning years of radio and television broadcasts. The Idabelle Firestone Audio Library, which was a gift of the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company, the
Firestone Foundation, and the late Harvey S. Firestone Jr., was built to house the Voice of Firestone collection and to provide listening and viewing facilities for the Conservatory’s students.

The library is named in honor of Harvey S. Firestone Jr.’s mother, Idabelle Firestone, herself a composer. Idabelle Firestone composed the Voice of Firestone’s opening theme “If I Could Tell You” and the closing theme “In my Garden.” The Idabelle Firestone Audio Library was dedicated on November 10, 1973.

Idabelle Firestone Audio Library contains over 60,000 recordings on LP, compact disc, audio tape, videotape, and DVD. Special collections include all NEC concerts and faculty recitals since 1969 to the present. Currently, 80% of Firestone Library's holdings are searchable in the online catalog system. If you do not find what you need in the computer catalog, please consult the card catalog where older materials can be located.

Firestone Library, at 290 Huntington Avenue, is located in the main Conservatory building, on the other corner of Huntington Ave. and Gainsborough St. Enter through the Jordan Hall door and sign in with the guard. Take a right at the guards' desk, walk past the statue of Beethoven, and continue this hallway until you get to Brown Recital Hall. Take stairway downstairs and Firestone Library will be on your left.

Facility Information

Firestone Library contains playback equipment for CD, LP, audio cassette, DAT, DVD, video cassette. Cassette-to-cassette duplicating is allowed for class assignments only! No other duplicating is permitted in the library.

Firestone Library Hours

Academic Year Hours

Mondays through Thursdays: 8:30 A.M. - 10:30 P.M.

Fridays: 8:30 A.M. - 6:00 P.M.

Saturdays: 9:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.

Sundays: 1:00 P.M. - 9:00 P.M.