Guide to the Wood and Brooks Company Records

Summary
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0457
Creators:
Wood & Brooks Company
Dates:
1889-1959
Languages:
English
.
Physical Description:
3 Cubic feet
10 boxes
Repository:
Collection documents the activities of Wood & Brooks, a manufacturer of piano keys and actions.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The collection conists primarily of correspondence Charles R. Wood, M.S. Brooks and Hilton C. Brooks, financal and sales records, and some photographs documenting the company's work as manufacturer's of ivory piano keys and piano actions.

Arrangement
Arrangement
The collection is arranged into six series.
Series 1: Executive Records, 1889-1949 Series 2: Correspondence, 1890-1932 Series 3: Financial Records, 1891-1932
Series 4: Photographs, 1902-1959 Series 5: Piano Action and Specification Materials, 1927-1959
Series 6: Miscellaneous, 1958

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Charles Raymond Wood founded Wood and Brooks Company in 1901, in North Tonawanda, New York with financial help from Connecticut entrepreneur, M.S. Brooks. The company manufactured piano keys and piano actions. In 1905, Wood and Brooks acquired Seavern Piano Action Company of Cambridge, Massachusettts and in 1910 purchased Kurtz Action Company of Rockford, Illinois.
Source
Dolge, Alfred.
Pianos and Their Makers. Development of the piano, Volume II
, 1913.

Administration
Author
Alison Oswald
Immediate Source of Acquisiton
Collection donated by Lawrence G. Brady, 1994.
Accruals
Additional materials documenting Wood and brooks Company was donated by Courtney Brooks on December 4, 2017.
Processing Information
Collection processed by Alison Oswald, archivist, 2021.

Using the Collection
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Restrictions on Access
Collection is open for research.
Preferred Citation
Wood and Brooks Company Records, 1925-1966, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.

Related Materials
Materials in the Archives Center
Pratt, Read and Corporation Records (NMAH.AC.0320)
Warshaw Colletion of Business American, Series: Ivory (NMAH.AC.0060)
Warshaw Colletion of Business American, Series: Pianos (NMAH.AC.0060)
Ernest D. Moore Papers (NMAH.AC.0321)
Otto Gerdau Collection (NMAH.AC.0363)
Sohmer & Co. Records (NMAH.AC.0349)
Steinway & Sons Records and Family Papers (NMAH.AC.0178)
Chickering & Sons Piano Company Collection (NMAH.AC.0264)

Keywords
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Repository Contact
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
P.O. Box 37012
Suite 1100, MRC 601
Washington, D.C. 20013-7012
archivescenter@si.edu
https://americanhistory.si.edu/archives