Guide to William J. Lenz Piano Tuning Collection

Summary
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0511
Creators:
Everett Piano Company
Hammacher, Schlemmer & Company
Chickering & Sons Piano Company
Pratt, Read and Company
Wood & Brooks Company
Otto R. Trefz, Jr., & Company
Piano Parts Mfg. Co
Lynn & Healy Company
Lang, C. H., & Company
Lenz, William J. (piano technician)
Wurlitzer Company
Dates:
ca. 1903-1955.
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
0.25 Cubic feet
2 boxes, 1 oversized folder
Repository:
Advertisements, catalogs, repair manuals, union materials, and technical drawings related to pianos and piano tuning (companies and organizations listed below). While providing a window into a profession that spans both science and music, this collection contains information concerning economic changes, advertising, trade associations, and technical advances.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The William Lenx Piano Tuning Collection contains advertisements, catalogs, repair manuals, union materials, and technical drawings related to pianos and piano tuning. The collection is divided into five series. These series are William Lenx, Piano Tuners Societies and Associations, Piano Tuning and Playing, Manufacturers and Distributors of Parts, Supplies and Tools, and Manufacturers of Pianos.
Included in the collection are a number of manuscript technical drawings by Lenz of the mechanics of trackers organ from 1925. The piano supple catalogs date from c. 1903 to 1952 and document changing prices fro parts and the development of piano technology. The Piano Tuners Society and association publications and correspondence include materials form the American Guild of Piano Tuners, the National Association of Piano tuners, and the American Society of Piano Technicians (also known as the American Society of Piano Tuner-Technicians).
While providing a window into a profession that spanned the fields of both science and music, the William Lenx Collection contains information concerning economic changed, advertising, trade associations, and technical advancement.

Arrangement
Arrangement
Divided into 5 series.
Series 1: William Lenz, 1925-1955
Series 2: Piano Tuners' Societies and Associations, ca. 1914-1954
Series 3: Piano Tuning and Playing, 1927-1953
Series 4: Manufacturers and Distributors of Parts and Tools, circa 1903-1952
Series 5: Manufacturers of Pianos, 1946-1955

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Born sometime before 1890, Lenz spent most if not all of his life in Philadelphia, Pa., where he worked as a piano tuner and technician. Judging from materials in the collection, it is likely that he was a member of the National Association of Piano Tuners, and later the American Society of Piano Technicians. He probably died in the mid-1950s.

Administration
Processing Information
Collection processed by Micheal Randers-Pehrson, November 6, 1996.
Author
Michael Randers-Pehrson
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Collection donated by University of Pennsylvania,through The Curtis Organ Restoration Society, May 24, 1994.

Using the Collection
Restrictions on Access
Unrestricted research use on site.
Preferred Citation
William J. Lenz Piano Tuning Collection, ca. 1903-1955, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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.

Related Materials
Materials in the Archives Center
Pratt-Read Company Records, 1893-1990 (NMAH.AC.320)
Steinway Piano Company Collection, 1850-1906, 1953 (NMAH.AC.0178)
Warshaw Collection of Business Americana, Series: Pianos (NMAH.AC.0060)
Wood & Brooks Company Records, c. 1890-c. 1958 (NMAH.AC.0457)
Wurlitzer Company Records, 1864-1984(NMAH.AC.0468).

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Catalogs -- 1900-1960 Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Manufacturers' catalogs -- 1900-1960 Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Clippings -- 20th century Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Technical drawings -- 1900-1960 Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Trade unions -- Musicians -- 1900-1960 Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Trade and professional associations -- 1900-1960 Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Pamphlets -- 1900-1960 Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Organ (Musical instrument) -- 1900-1960 Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Repairing Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Piano -- tuning -- 1900-1960 Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Piano -- Maintenance and repair -- 1900-1960 Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Advertisements -- 20th century Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Correspondence -- 20th century Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
American Society of Piano Technicians Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
American Guild of Piano Tuners Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
National Association of Piano Tuners Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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
http://americanhistory.si.edu/archives