First try at this list. It was suggested to me by Nathan Georgitis
of the University of Oregon.
Here is what I am looking for.
I have found an article from the New York Times in 1890 that mentions
that there was a "phonogram craze" and that many celebrities of the
time including actors, politicians and the like were recording their
voices. According to this article my great grandfather, Charles R.
Pope, who was a fairly famous Shakespearean actor of that time and
U.S. Consul to Toronto, recorded his voice on one of these.
I know it is a long shot but thought I'd try to see if anything he
recorded may have survived. I've tried various places like the New
York Public Library, National Archives and Library of Congress and
received suggestions from each. So here is another try. Perhaps one
of you on this list has either heard of these early phonogram
recordings or can possibly direct me to someone who may have.
Any help on this matter much appreciated. Thanks so much.