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Volta Laboratory Experimental Recording

National Museum of American History
This is an experimental sound recording made in the Volta Laboratory, Washington, D.C., on 11 March 1885. The recording process involved focusing a beam of light, projecting it through a liquid, and causing sound waves to interrupt both the light and the liquid to expose a prepared photographic plate. The recording, which starts at the center and spirals outward, is of variable density, that is the areas of exposure vary in density according to volume and pitch of the sound recorded. Process is described in U.S. Patent 341,213 awarded Alexander Graham Bell, Chichester A. Bell, and Charles Sumner Tainter on 4 May 1886. Sound was recovered from this recording in 2011. Content summary: “Mary had a little lamb” Content transcript (37 seconds): “ [?]…Sumner Tainter and H. G. Rogers. This eleventh day of March, eighteen hundred and eighty-five. [trilled r sound] [indistinct phrase] Mary had a little lamb, and its fleece was white as snow [alternatively, black as soot?] . And wherever Mary went…Oh [indistinct word]. Mary had a little lamb, and its fleece was white as snow [alternatively, black as soot?]. And wherever Mary went, the little lamb was sure to go. How is this for high? [trill]” References: Patrick Feaster, “A Discography of Volta Laboratory Recordings at the National Museum of American History” Leslie J. Newville, “Development of the Phonograph at Alexander Graham Bell's Volta Laboratory,” in Contributions from the Museum of History and Technology, United States National Museum Bulletin 218, Paper 5 (1959): 69-79. Steven E. Schoenherr, “Charles Sumner Tainter and the Graphophone,” Wile, Raymond R. "The Development of Sound Recording at the Volta Laboratory," Association for Recorded Sound Collections Journal 21, No. 2, 1990, pp. 208-225.

Sound recording 09 JAN 1937

National Anthropological Archives
Digitization and preparation of these materials for online access has been funded through generous support from the Arcadia Fund.

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Salinan sound recording n.d

National Anthropological Archives
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Miwok Sound Recording DEC 1940

National Anthropological Archives
Digital audio file produced from 1/4" open reel tape copy.

Disc Note:Jpm List:JPH Lr 09 Jan 1941

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Sound recording n.d

National Anthropological Archives
Digitization and preparation of these materials for online access has been funded through generous support from the Arcadia Fund.

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Man singing

Sound recording APR 1941

National Anthropological Archives
Digitization and preparation of these materials for online access has been funded through generous support from the Arcadia Fund.

SC

Disc Note:Jpm List:JPH Lr Marr

SEE COQ 0014, 0016, 0020, 0021 COQ CT27, 21 MINS:COQ CT28, 21 MINS, 7.50IPS

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Herero Linguistics, 1953 [sound recording]

National Anthropological Archives

Herero eanda praises (songs), October 20, 1960 [sound recording]

National Anthropological Archives
Recorded in native location, Okahandja, South West Africa

Salinan sound recording 07 OCT 1936

National Anthropological Archives
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Salinan Sound Recording ca 1936

National Anthropological Archives
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Season Three Update!

Smithsonian Institution

Tony sneaks away from the mosquitoes and frogs of Panama to make a special announcement: Sidedoor
season three launches on Wednesday, August 8! Get ready for even more amazing
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else, including our upcoming season premiere, "The Curse of the Hope Diamond."  

Memphis radio deejay George Klein discusses Elvis Presley

National Portrait Gallery
George Klein, author of "Elvis: My Best Man" speaks about Elvis Presley

Will Kaufman, author talk

National Portrait Gallery
"Woody Guthrie, American Radical (Music in American Life)" -- author Will Kaufman discusses his book and plays songs by woody Guthrie.

Judy Chicago interview excerpt - discovery

Archives of American Art
Feminist artist, author, and educator Judy Chicago inspired a generation of women artists to find a place for themselves in the art world. In this segment of an oral history interview for the Archives of American Art conducted in 2009, Chicago talks about the act of discovery as the central motivating force in her life and art. This interview was funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art.

Otto Wittmann 1981 interview excerpt

Archives of American Art
Otto Wittmann (1911-2001) was a curator and director of the Toledo Museum of Art from 1959-1976. During World War II, Wittmann served as a Major with the Air Force but was later transferred to the Art Looting Investigation Unit (ALIU) in Washington, D.C. under the Office of Strategic Services. As an ALIU official, Wittmann assisted with looted art recovery in Paris and Munich, investigated transactions in Sweden and Switzerland, and worked with the collection centers in France. In this excerpt, Wittmann talks about his work restituting art looted by the Nazis.

Alsea Sound Recording MAY 1941

National Anthropological Archives
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DT SC CL

Disc Note:Jpm List:JPH Lr Marr Kathlamet Texts; Boas, Franz; BAE Bulletin 26, 1901

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Kiriwinian #21 [sound recording]

National Anthropological Archives
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Sound recording JUN 1941

National Anthropological Archives
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SC

Disc Note:Jpm List:JPH Lr Marr Handbook of American Indian Languages; Boas, Franz; BAE Bulletin 40, Part 1, 1911; Part 2, 1922

SEE COO 0001. 0002, 0004, 0005 COO CT5, 21 MINS:COO CT6, 21 MINS, 7.50IPS

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Canela Khêêtuwayê Festival , 'long' Hiwa song - I (1959-2), 1959 [sound recording]

National Anthropological Archives
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R-Canela

Sound recording n.d

National Anthropological Archives
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Sound recording JUN 1941

National Anthropological Archives
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DT CL

Disc Note:Jpm List:JPH Lr Marr

SEE LUM 0001, 0002, 0004

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Sound recording 04 AUG 1936

National Anthropological Archives
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SEE CHU 0133, 0134, 0135, 0180, 0181, 0183 CHU CT58:CHU CT59, 7.50IPS, NARS

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