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William J. Lenz Piano Tuning Collection, ca. 1903-1955

Collector:
Lenz, William J (piano technician)
Creator:
Pratt, Read and Company
Wood & Brooks Company
Chickering & Sons Piano Company
Everett Piano Company
Wurlitzer Company
Lang, C. H., & Company
Hammacher, Schlemmer & Company
Lynn & Healy Company
Otto R. Trefz, Jr., & Company
Piano Parts Mfg. Co
Subject:
American Guild of Piano Tuners
American Society of Piano Technicians
National Association of Piano Tuners
Physical description:
0.25 cu. ft.: 2 document boxes and 1 oversize folder
Type:
Pamphlets
Collection descriptions
Manufacturers' catalogs
Catalogs
Technical drawings
Clippings
Correspondence
Advertisements
Date:
1903
1955
ca 1903-1955
1900-1960
20th century
Notes:
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.
Summary:
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.
Cite as:
William J. Lenz Piano Tuning Collection, ca. 1903-1955, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Topic:
Repairing
Piano--tuning
Piano--maintenance and repair
Trade and professional associations
Trade unions--Musicians
Organ (Musical instrument)
Local number:
1994.3042 (NMAH Acc.)
Data Source:
Archives Center - NMAH

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