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Tainter, Charles Sumner, 1854-1940
Hartsook Studio (San Diego, Calif.)
2 Cubic feet (6 boxes)
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Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Charles Sumner Tainter has been recognized as the father of the talking machine, and much of the material in this collection represents his experimental work on the graphophone. Alexander Graham Bell, Chichester Bell, and Tainter established the Volta Laboratory Association in 1881. This collection presents a comprehensive picture of the early development of the phonograph and Tainter's substantial contributions to the project.