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John R. Anderson Piano Trade Literature and Ephemera Collection, ca. 1850-1990

Donor:
Anderson, John R
Subject:
John Broadwood and Sons Limited
Mason & Hamlin
Sohmer & Company
Steinway & Sons
Weber Piano Company
Wm. Knabe & Co
Physical description:
4.8 cu. ft. : 6 boxes
Type:
Advertisements
Collection descriptions
Advertising cards
Brochures
Ephemera
Ledgers (account books)
Manuals
Notes
Pamphlets
Photographs
Postcards
Price lists
Research
Trade cards
Trade catalogs
Date:
1850
1990
ca 1850-1990
20th century
Notes:
A retired government employee, Anderson is a piano enthusiast and collector. He conducted extensive research on early piano makers.
Summary:
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 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 prominently represented in the collection are Steinway and Sons, Sohmer, Mason and Hamlin, Knabe, Weber, and Broadwood.
Cite as:
John R. Anderson Piano Trade Literature and Ephemera Collection, ca. 1850-1990, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Topic:
Harpsichord
Harpsichord makers
Musical instrument makers
Musical instruments
Organ (Musical instrument)
Piano--History
Piano makers
Local number:
Pending (NMAH Acc.)
2013.3041 (NMAH Acc.)
Data Source:
Archives Center - NMAH

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