The files contain miscellaneous clumps of papers relating to contributions to Gramophone Programmes before 1963. (The official dates for this Registry sequence were for papers created between 1922 and 1962, but Accession Books list files as dating from the 1930s onwards.) Such programmes consisted of the playing of gramophone records, with each record linked by a speaker.
These papers usually refer to those who had little contact with the Gramophone Programmes department before 1963 and were not considered to have enough paperwork to warrant their own personal file. If an artist is not listed in the run of files for RCONT1 , they may have unlisted papers held within the RCONT9 files.
The papers consist mainly of correspondence between external contributors and members of BBC staff. The contents of the correspondence referred to a number of subjects. Some correspondence referred to requests to host or compere a current gramophone programme such as Housewives’ Choice and Desert Island Discs . Others wrote in for advice on how to become a disc jockey and to see if there were any such positions available. A great deal of correspondence deals with requests for specific records to be played on established gramophone programmes, but some writers submitted scripts of their own in support of their suggestions for entirely new programmes.
A great number of these requests were politely, but firmly refused. However, on occasion some requests were granted, leading to bookings for appearances on programmes. The papers can include booking requisition forms and contracts for such contributions.