Researchers have identified the voice of Alexander Graham Bell for the first time in some of the earliest audio recordings ever created. The National Museum of American History discovered the recording on a wax disc from 1885, which had been donated to the Smithsonian Museum. Recent technological advances have allowed the recordings to be played for the first time in over 100 years.
Technicians at the Library of Congress and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California worked with the museum, which holds some of the earliest audio recordings ever made. Researchers found a transcript of one recording signed by Bell. It was matched to a wax disc recording from April 15, 1885. 'Hear my voice, Alexander Graham Bell,' the inventor is heard to say.