Guide to the Frank C. Chalfant Language Laboratory Photographs 1910s
PC 48

Summary Information

Repository
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Creator
Chalfant, Frank C.
Title
Frank C. Chalfant Language Laboratory Photographs
ID
PC 48
Date [inclusive]
1910s
Extent
12.0 items
General Physical Description note
.25 Linear feet of shelf space
Language
English
Abstract
Twelve glass plate negative images of F.C. Chalfant's language laboratory at Washington State College in the 1910s.

Preferred Citation note

[Item description] Frank C. Chalfant Language Laboratory Photographs, 1910s (PC 48)

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

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Biographical/Historical note

Frank C. Chalfant studied at France's University of Grenoble in the summer of 1909 and was exposed there to the use of phonographs in a laboratory setting for the study of foreign languages. In 1911, he installed a “language laboratory” at Washington State College, apparently the first in the United States. Students used dictaphones (phonograph recording machines) to playback their own attempts to speak foreign languages, and also listened as a class to recordings of foreign languages via a networked audio system.

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Scope and Contents note

The collection consists of seven 6.5" x 8.5" glass plate negatives, and five 4"x5" glass plate negatives. Four photographic prints created by MASC from these are also included. The images depict Washington State College's language laboratory in the 1920s, and include use of dictaphones. Among the images are ones depicting faculty members Chalfant and Margarete Meinhardt.

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Arrangement note

Materials are retained in their original order.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries © 2016

https://libraries.wsu.edu/masc
Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610
509-335-6691
mascref@wsu.edu

Conditions Governing Access note

This collection is open and available for research use.

Processing Information note

Items have been sleeved for protection.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

A few additional images of the language laboratory can be found in the WSU Photographs Subject File (PC 4), in the Laboratories / Broadcasting and Recording folders, and in the WSU Lantern Slides collection (PC 6).

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • State College of Washington.
  • Washington State University.

Personal Name(s)

  • Chalfant, Frank C. -- Archives

Subject(s)

  • Colleges and Universities
  • Language and Languages
  • Language laboratories -- Washington (State) -- Pullman.
  • Photographs
  • Washington (State)

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