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Charles Sumner Tainter Papers, 1878-1937

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Collector:
Tainter, Charles Sumner 1854-1940
Mechanisms, Division of (NMAH, SI)
Electricity and Modern Physics, Division of, NMAH, SI
Creator:
Hartsook Studio (San Diego, Calif.)
Subject:
Bell, Alexander Graham 1847-1922
Bell, Chichester
Berliner, Emile 1851-1929
Clark, Alvin and Sons Company
Volta Graphaphone Gompany
American Graphaphone Company
International Graphaphone Company
Edison Phonograph Works
Physical description:
2 cu. ft: 6 boxes
Type:
Laboratory notebooks
Collection descriptions
Date:
1878
1878-1937
Notes:
Tainter, manufacturer of electrical apparatus and inventor, worked with Alexander Graham Bell on the radiophone, the first wireless telephone, an instrument for transmitting sound to a distance through the agency of light, using sensitive selenium cells. Between 1879-1880, Tainter and Bell experimented with and tried to improve on Edison's talking machine. He also invented the graphophone, the first commercially practical dictating machine.
Summary:
Manuscript and typewritten copies of "Memoirs," 1878; records of court testimony in suits involving the phonograph, 1894-1896; home notebooks, 1881-1883; drawings and notes for a multiple record duplicator, 1897-1908; printed patent specifications of Tainter, Alexander Graham Bell, and C.A. Bell, 1880-1903; Paris and San Francisco Exposition medals and certificates, 1881, 1915; and photographs, 1919.
Photographs: Sepia-toned, unmounted print of Tainter and Emile Berliner, Sept. 1919; unmounted print, Tainter reading, 1919, by Hartsook Studio, San Diego (pencil on verso); circular albumen print on circular mount, of Mrs. George Tainter, mother of Charles S. Tainter, ca. 1890: all in Box 2, Folder 6.
Cite as:
Charles Sumner Tainter Papers, 1878-1919, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Topic:
Phonograph
Talking machine
Mechanical engineering
Light machinery
Sound recording and reproduction
Dictating machine
Inventors
Physicists
Electrical engineers
Local number:
030124
02012401.tif (AC Scan: patent drawing)
03012401.tif (AC Scan; diagram from notes)
42729-A (OIPP Neg. No., portrait of Tainter)
91-2488 (OIPP Neg. No., portrait of Tainter with Emile Berliner)
AC0124-0000001.tif (AC Scan: portrait of Tainter reading, 1919, by Hartsook Studio
Data Source:
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