Experimental Recordings from the Volta Laboratory
The full story of the Volta Laboratory’s experiments in the sound recording field has yet to be told. In particular, the intensive phonograph-related work Alexander Graham Bell and his associates undertook between 1889 and 1892 is virtually unknown today. This will soon change so stay tuned! In the meantime, here are some of the more informed secondary sources you’ll find on the Volta Laboratory:
- Raymond R. Wile, “The Development of Sound Recording at the Volta Laboratory,” ARSC Journal 21:2 (Fall 1990): 208-225.
- Leslie J. Newville, “Development of the Phonograph at Alexander Graham Bell’s Volta Laboratory,” Contributions from the Museum of History and Technology, United States National Museum Bulletin 218, Paper 5, pp. 69-79.
- Steven E. Schoenherr, “Charles Sumner Tainter and the Graphophone,” http://homepage.mac.com/oldtownman/recording/graphophone.html.