by Daniel Bedell

Barbara Holdridge

Barbara Holdridge co-founded Caedmon Records in 1952 with Marianne Mantell. Their woman-owned business pioneered the concept and most significant treasury of spoken word literary recordings featuring great writers and outstanding actors of the 20th century. The success of Caedmon Records launched the spoken word industry, created a broad audience for diverse, high quality literature, and helped lay the foundation for today's audio books industry. The Caedmon catalog is extraordinary for the dramatic gender equality and cultural inclusiveness it achieved. It expanded the audience for American women's writing and women's writing in general. Ms. Holdridge bridged many different cultures and voices, establishing a legacy of recordings that are a vast resource of American cultural history.