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Hear My Voice: Experimental Sounds from Alexander Graham Bell's Volta Laboratory

Hear My Voice: Experimental Sounds from Alexander Graham Bell's Volta Laboratory

January 26, 2015 – September 2015

Museum: American History Museum

Location: 2nd Floor, East Wing, Albert Small Documents Gallery

Alexander Graham Bell is best remembered as the inventor of the telephone, but he was also instrumental in the development of sound recording at his Volta Laboratory in Washington, D.C. See documents, recordings, laboratory notes, and apparatus from the Volta Laboratory dating from the 1880s; learn about the early history of sound recording in the United States; and hear some of the earliest sound recordings ever made. The recordings are made audible through a 21st century sound recovery technique developed by Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory staff in partnership with the Library of Congress and the Museum.


Detail, Alexander Graham Bell phonorecord, wax-on-binder-board disc recording, dated April 15, 1885 with AGB initials.