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Amberola phonograph and wax cylinders, circa 1912-1920

Identifier: RB-03-03

Content Description

This collection consists of one Amberola phonograph in a self-contained wooden case, 52 wax cylinders in cardboard tubes; 2 tubes are empty (54 total), and one large cardboard box in which the tubes were originally donated (9"x11.5"x28.5," labeled "Genuine S & W Woolens.". This type of wax cylinder was made between 1912 and 1929; the Bentley's collection are all pre-1920. they were all made with celluloid which was phased out by the 1950's because of its flammability.


  • Creation: circa 1912-1920

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research. Archival materials may contain sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state “right to privacy” laws. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals without the consent of those individuals may have legal cause for action if facts concerning an individual’s private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person. Privately donated materials may carry restrictions imposed by deed as a condition of donation and require the permission of the donor or donor’s agent. The KSU archives does not itself waive such restrictions, nor will it act as an advocate for any researcher seeking such waivers. KSU archives staff have taken care to identify and, in some cases, remove sensitive information found within its archival collections when undertaking archival processing work. However, privacy protected information may be revealed during use of the archival collections, particularly in those collections that are unprocessed or have been minimally processed. Researchers agree to make no notes or other recordation of privacy protected information if found within the archival collections, and further agree not to publish, publicize, or disclose such information to any other party for any purpose if found within the archival collections. Researchers agree to indemnify and hold harmless Kennesaw State University and its officers, employees, and agents from and against all suits, claims, actions, and expenses arising out of use of archival collections held by the Kennesaw State University Archives.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright for Official University records is held by Kennesaw State University; all other copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law. Permission to publish, reproduce, publicly display, broadcast, or distribute this material must be secured from the repository and/or copyright holder.


3 cubic feet (3 gray AV boxes and 1 wooden phonograph case)

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Source of Acquisition

Donated in November 2021 by Tom and Debbie Hepburn.

Materials Specific Details

For preservation reasons, and sometimes lack of necessary equipment, physical access to original audio and visual media in a variety of magnetic and optic formats is restricted. Access to all original media, especially in obsolete formats, will require production of listening or viewing copies. Please contact the Archives in advance to request access.

Maggie Thomas
2023 February 9
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Repository Details

Part of the Kennesaw State University Bentley Rare Book Museum Repository

Horace W. Sturgis Library, G37A-C, G41
1000 Chastain Road
Kennesaw GA 30144-5591 GKJ