Guide to the John R. Anderson Piano Trade Literature and Ephemera Collection

Summary
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.1257
Creators:
Anderson, John R.
Dates:
circa 1850-1990
Languages:
English
Collection is in English.
Physical Description:
4.8 Cubic feet
6 boxes
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
A collection of archival materials on the history of the piano, including: print advertisements for piano makers; sales brochures and catalogs for various piano makers; part and supply catalogs; price lists; trade cards; postcards; trade publications; owners' manuals; tuning guides and magazines; instruction books; photographs; an account book for a musical instrument dealer in Buffalo, New York; Anderson's research on organ and piano makers, especially 18th century New York City piano makers. Also included are a few advertisements for harpischord and organ makers. Most of the materials relate to American makers, but some European and Asian makers are represented in the collection. Makers most promiently represented in the collection are Steinway and Sons, Sohmer, Mason and Hamlin, Knabe, Weber, and Broadwood.

Arrangement
Arrangement
The collection is divided into five series
Series 1: Piano Trade Literature
Series 2: Photographs
Series 3: Anderson's Research
Series 4: Printed Materials
Series 5: Oversized Materials

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
A retired government employee, Anderson is a piano enthusiast and collector. He conducted extensive research on early piano makers.

Administration
Processing Information
Collection processed by Sarah Gediman, intern; Julia Gibson, intern; Savannah Hildre, intern; Lauren Janik, intern; supervised by Vanessa Broussard Simmons, archivist, 2019.
Author
NMAH Staff
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The collection was donated by John R. Anderson in 2011.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open for research.
Preferred Citation
John R. Anderson Piano Trade Literature and Ephemera Collection, circaa. 1850-1990, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Conditions Governing Use
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.

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Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Piano -- History Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Organ (Musical instrument) Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Musical instruments Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Musical instrument makers Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Harpsichord makers Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Harpsichord Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Notes Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Pamphlets Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Manuals Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Ledgers (account books) Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Ephemera Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Brochures Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Advertising cards Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Advertisements Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Piano makers Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Research Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Price lists Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Postcards Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographs -- 20th century Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Trade catalogs Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Trade cards Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
John Broadwood and Sons Limited Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Mason & Hamlin Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Wm. Knabe & Co. Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Weber Piano Company Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Steinway & Sons Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sohmer & Company 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