Charles H. Templeton Music Museum

Mississippi State University

Memories of the Phonograph


The Charles H. Templeton, Sr. Music Museum houses a collection of 200 musical instruments (which includes an extensive collection of Victor Talking Machines), 13,000 recordings, and 22,000 pieces of sheet music donated to MSU in 1987 by Charles H. Templeton, Sr.





"This collection of more than 200 self-playing instruments dating from 1897 to the 1930's includes many of Thomas Edison's early model phonographs, Eldridge Johnson's gramophones, Columbia graphophones, a vintage Link player piano, a Aeolion Orchestrelle player organ, cylinder-and-disc music boxes, and organettes of paper roll and cob varieties." Courtesy of MSU (Templeton Music Music website)

The following machines are from the Charles Templeton Instrument Collection with others viewable via the on-line digital collection browser.


Berliner Gramophone 1895



Eldridge Johnson Victor (Type A) 1900's



Eldridge Johnson Victor (Type B) 1900's



Victor IV circa 1902



Victor XXV Circa 1913-1925 "The Schoolhouse Victor"



Edison Concert, 1899



U. S. Phonograph 1900's made by Edison-Bell Consolidated Phonograph Company



New Victor Type O 1908



The model Nine-Fifty is a combination of the Automatic Electrola and the Radiola Super-Heterodyne.



Victrola VV 7-3 Radiola Record Player