Scope and arrangement
Eleven of the thirteen recordings in the collection were made by Williams in 1948 at a New Orleans carnival booth facility. These recordings primarily feature Williams reading his poems, including selections from In the Winter of Cities. Williams also participates in apparently impromptu comic sketches with friends. The remaining two recordings are songs by composer Ray Cook with texts from In the Winter of Cities, here performed by tenor and piano. These two recordings were given to Williams by Ray Cook.
The collection is organized alphabetically.