An audio recording of Dr. James Naismith speaking, the only recording known to exist, was recently discovered by Dr. Michael J. Zogry, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, and Director of Indigenous Studies at the University of Kansas. Located in the archives of radio station WOR-AM, these recordings were donated to the Library of Congress and Dr. Zogry obtained permission for KU to include the recording in its archives and to use it for educational purposes.
The recording from January 31, 1939, is from the radio program We the People, hosted by Gabriel Heatter. In the two minute, 46 second clip, Naismith describes the creation of the game. The recording came about ten months before Naismith’s death on November 28, 1939.