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Negro Spirituals

The band of Gideon
Performed by: Fisk University Jubilee Quartette
Record format: Edison Amberol cylinder
Matrix number: 4M-S10522-1
Recording date: 1912
NPS object catalog number: EDIS 36410

Swing low, sweet chariot
Performed by: The Southern Four
Record format: Edison Diamond Disc
Matrix number: 8311-C-2-6
Recording date: December 07, 1921
Release number: 51364-R
Release date: August 1924
NPS object catalog number: EDIS 42717

Pharoah's army got drowned
Performed by: "colored quartet" (name unknown)
Record format: Edison Diamond Disc, experimental
Record number: #1-OH
Recording date: July 09, 1924
NPS object catalog number: EDIS 87051

What band is this?
Performed by: Hann's Emperors of Song
Record format: Edison Diamond Disc test pressing
Matrix number: 10748-C-1-1
Recording date: January 04, 1926
NPS object catalog number: EDIS 78332

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Laboratory Library

Henry Hudson Holly was a famous architect known for designing Victorian style houses such as the Glenmont Estate, the home of Thomas Edison. Edison was so impressed by Holly’s work that he commissioned Holly to design his personal library in the laboratory, which is located down the street from the estate. However, Edison did not like the pace at which Holly was working, and he was eventually fired.