Recordings of various period pieces played on instruments of the Belle Skinner Collection of Rare Instruments at Wistariahurst as a private collection, shortly before it was moved as a part of the Yale University Collection of Musical Instruments. The collection had been inherited by Belle Skinner's niece, Elizabeth Kilborne Hudnut (Vassar '30), and two nephews, Robert Stewart Kilborne (Yale ex-1927), and William Skinner Kilborne (Yale 1933). Not wanting to keep the collection, theretofore a privately-run museum with limited hours, in a May 1959 agreement the two nephews donated their shares, and the remaining share for Elizabeth was $47,000 (1959 USD) raised by the Friends of Music at Yale. The following month the estate of Wistariahurst was donated to the City of Holyoke, and by July 1959 the collection had found a temporary home on Yale's Campus. Included is one double-sided sheet of mimeographed typewritten notes on the instruments used, their appearance, variations in the music. Unknown number issued. Numbering and label coloring indicates may have been privately pressed by RCA-Victor.
Transcript from the introduction: "In this second recording, eleven instruments are played, of which nine did not appear in the first record. Among these are four, that are four-hundred years old or more, these old instruments are difficult to play on account of their worn mechanisms. For they are like human beings, and through the centuries since they were first [made, have to come to reflect the] changes they have lived through.
Some of the keys stick and are worn. The mechanism is noisy, and when two or three notes are sounded together, it is necessary to have a different pressure for each note. For the voices grow more beautiful with age, and it is natural to grow to love them. Miss Skinner started her collection some fifty years ago. Some of these instruments were purchased from Arnold Dolmetsch, and all the keyboard instruments were restored by Dolmetsch, with the assistances of Nils Ericsson, later curator of this collection. Arnold Dolmetsche, with his family, lived in this country for seven years before the First World War, and when the Dolmetsch family returned to England before the war, they left behind them rich treasures in this collection.
The program for this short recital is printed on the mimeograph page that accompanies the record, and also on the record labels."