John R. Anderson Piano Trade Literature and Ephemera Collection, ca. 1850-1990
Anderson, John R
John Broadwood and Sons Limited
Mason & Hamlin
Sohmer & Company
Steinway & Sons
Weber Piano Company
Wm. Knabe & Co
4.8 cu. ft. : 6 boxes
Ledgers (account books)
A retired government employee, Anderson is a piano enthusiast and collector. He conducted extensive research on early piano makers.
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.
John R. Anderson Piano Trade Literature and Ephemera Collection, ca. 1850-1990, Archives Center, National Museum of American History