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John Challis Records, ca. 1900-1974

Creator:
Challis, John 1907-1974
Truesdale, Ephraim
Donor:
Frayer, William W
Physical description:
24 cu. ft
Type:
Advertisements
Collection descriptions
Business records
Clippings
Concert programs
Design drawings
Diplomas
Drawings
Ledgers (account books)
Letters (correspondence)
Magazines (periodicals)
Musical scores
Photographs
Trade literature
Sound recordings
Date:
1900
1974
ca 1900-1974
20th century
Notes:
John Challis was an American builder of harpsichords and clavichords. He attended Michigan Normal College (now Eastern Michigan University), where his interest in constructing keyboard instruments emerged. He spent four years apprenticing with Arnold Dolmetsch in England, returning in 1930, when he set himself up building instruments in a two-story space above a dress shop in Ypsilanti, Michigan.
Summary:
The collection documents the Challis Harpsichord business, and the lives of Mr. Challis and his partner, Ephraim Truesdale. The collection contains correspondence, both personal and business; business records, including ledgers and journals; drawings, including design drawings for harpsichord decorations and elements; client files; subject files, especially on haprsichord and musical instrument subjects; printed materials such as concert programs, trade literature, magazines on the subject of music and musical instruments, clippings, advertisements and publicity materials; photographs, including many of instruments and many of Challis' family members; music scores; ceremonial items such as diplomas; templates for elements of harpsichords; and recordings.
Cite as:
John Challis Records, ca. 1930-1974, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Topic:
Clavichord
Harpsichord
Harpsichord makers
Musical instrument makers
Musical instruments
Local number:
Pending (NMAH Acc.)
Data Source:
Archives Center - NMAH

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