Electricity and Modern Physics, Division of, NMAH, SI
Hartsook Studio (San Diego, Calif.)
Bell, Alexander Graham 1847-1922
Berliner, Emile 1851-1929
Clark, Alvin and Sons Company
Volta Graphaphone Gompany
American Graphaphone Company
International Graphaphone Company
Edison Phonograph Works
2 cu. ft: 6 boxes
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.
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.
Charles Sumner Tainter Papers, 1878-1919, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Sound recording and reproduction
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