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Creators:
Rudolph Wurlitzer Company
Dates:
1860-1984
Size:
56 Cubic feet
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0469
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

The collection documents the history and development of the Wurlitzer Company and consists of company publications, business records, employee files, manufacturing records, sales and marketing records, product information, publicity, advertising, photographs, audiovisual materials, and organ installation drawings.

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Creators:
Chickering, Jonas, 1798-1853
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Musical History
Dates:
1864 - 1985
Size:
16 Cubic feet (37 boxes)
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0264
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

This collection consists of 51 volumes of Chickering & Sons piano registers, documenting piano production (May 1823-September 1985); correspondence related to the hundredth anniversary of Jonas Chickering's presidency of the Handel and Hayden Society; publications on the history of the Company and sales literature (1854-1984); newspapers articles a...

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Creators:
Everett Piano Company
Hammacher, Schlemmer & Company
Chickering & Sons Piano Company
Pratt, Read and Company
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Dates:
ca. 1903-1955.
Size:
0.25 Cubic feet (2 boxes, 1 oversized folder)
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0511
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

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.

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Creators:
Falcone Custom Grand Pianos
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Musical Instruments
Pratt, Read and Company
Sohmer & Company
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Dates:
1872-1989
Size:
43 Cubic feet (82 boxes and 11 map-folders)
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0349
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

The records of Sohmer & Co., date from 1872 through 1989. They fall into fourteen series based primarily on function. Legal, financial, inventory & appraisal, manufacturing, marketing, advertising, and sales are the major series. Photographs, awards, family papers, publications about Sohmer, general publications, "miscellaneous" and corresponden...

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Creators:
Warshaw, Isadore, 1900-1969
Dates:
undated
1842-1965
Size:
4.59 Cubic feet (consisting of 8 boxes, 2 half boxes, 5 folders, 7 oversize folders, 2 map case folders, 2 flat boxes (partial), plus digital images of some collection material. )
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0060.S01.01.Pianos
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

A New York bookseller, Warshaw assembled this collection over nearly fifty years. The Warshaw Collection of Business Americana: Pianos forms part of the Warshaw Collection of Business Americana, Subseries 1.1: Subject Categories. The Subject Categories subseries is divided into 470 subject categories based on those created by Mr. Warshaw. These subject categories include topical subjects, types or forms of material, people, organizations, historical events, and other categories. An overview to the entire Warshaw collection is available here: Warshaw Collection of Business Americana

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Creators:
Wood & Brooks Company
Dates:
1889-1959
Size:
3 Cubic feet (10 boxes)
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0457
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

Collection documents the activities of Wood & Brooks, a manufacturer of piano keys and actions.

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Cook Labs
Cook, Emory, 1913-2002
Dates:
1908-2002, bulk 1948-1965
Size:
6.3 Cubic feet (Phonograph albums)
63.5 Cubic feet (Open-reel tapes)
8.75 Cubic feet (Business records)
78.55 Cubic feet
Collection ID:
CFCH.COOK
Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections

The Cook Labs records, which date from 1939-2002, document the activities of audio engineer Emory Cook and his label Cook Labs. The contents include business records, materials relating to recording artists, photographs, and production materials, as well as phonograph records, master recordings and unpublished recordings produced by or associated with the Cook Labs label. The collection also contains two interviews conducted with Emory Cook in 1990: one by Jeff Place and one by Anthony Seeger and Nicholas Spitzer. There are several physical objects relating to Cook Labs including a bag of powdered vinyl, a binaural playing arm, and a condenser microphone.

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Creators:
Orth, Edward J.
Exhibition Collectors Historical Organization
Dates:
1835-2000, undated
Size:
130 Cubic feet (417 boxes, 25 map-folders)
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0560
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

Collection documents the 1939 New York World's Fair in Flushing Meadows, New York. Also includes material relating to other fairs, the Exhibition Collectors Historical Organization (ECHO), New York City tourism and The Walt Disney Company.

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Creators:
DeVincent, Sam, 1918-1997
Dates:
undated
1824-1981
Size:
75 Boxes
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0300.S21
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

Sam DeVincent loved music and art and began collecting sheet music with lithographs at an early age. Series 20, Newspapers contains approximately 4,900 pieces of sheet music and other materials documenting the development of and popular attitudes towards the playing of music in the United States. An overview to the entire DeVincent collection is available here: Sam DeVincent Collection of Illustrated American Sheet Music.

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Creators:
Hazen, Margaret Hindle
Hazen, Robert M.
Dates:
circa 1818-1931
Size:
13.5 Cubic feet (20 boxes)
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0253
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

Large collection of photographs, picture postcards, printed ephemera, and music related to the brass band movement in the United States: includes 8 ambrotypes, 36 tintypes, 59 stereographs, 66 cabinet prints, 90 cartes-de-visite, 150 large photoprints, and 874 picture postcards; also posters, concert programs, instrument manufacturers' advertisemem...

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