Opening of Box Containing Thomas Edison's Graphophone

ID: SIA Acc. 11-006 [MAH-44312C]

Creator: Unknown

Form/Genre: Black-and-white negatives

Date: 1937

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Acc. 11-006, Box 309, Image No. MAH-44312C

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Opening of box containing Thomas Edison's graphophone, the first talking machine to record the human voice on wax, deposited (sealed) at the Smithsonian Institution by Volta Laboratory in 1880-1881, with Elsie May Bell Grosvenor, daughter of Alexander Graham Bell, Gilbert Hovey Grosvenor, president of National Geographic Society, Alexander Graham Bell Grosvenor, great-grandson of Bell, Secretary Charles Greeley Abbot, T.H. Beard, vice president of the Dictaphone Co., and Harry Woodward Dorsey, administrative assistant to Secretary Abbot.


  • Edison, Thomas A (Thomas Alva) 1847-1931
  • Bell, Alexander Graham 1847-1922
  • Grosvenor, Elsie May 1878-1964
  • Grosvenor, Gilbert Hovey 1875-1966
  • Grosvenor, Alexander Graham Bell
  • Abbot, C. G (Charles Greeley) 1872-1973
  • Dorsey, Harry Woodward
  • United States National Museum


Copy made November 28, 1956.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Acc. 11-006, Box 309, Image No. MAH-44312C

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  • 1937
  • October 27, 1937

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Black-and-white negatives

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SIA Acc. 11-006 [MAH-44312C]

Physical description

8 x 10;

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