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.
Scope and Contents:
The William Lenx Piano Tuning Collection contains advertisements, catalogs, repair manuals, union materials, and technical drawings related to pianos and piano tuning. The collection is divided into five series. These series are William Lenx, Piano Tuners Societies and Associations, Piano Tuning and Playing, Manufacturers and Distributors of Parts, Supplies and Tools, and Manufacturers of Pianos.
Included in the collection are a number of manuscript technical drawings by Lenz of the mechanics of trackers organ from 1925. The piano supple catalogs date from c. 1903 to 1952 and document changing prices fro parts and the development of piano technology. The Piano Tuners Society and association publications and correspondence include materials form the
American Guild of Piano Tuners, the National Association of Piano tuners, and the American Society of Piano Technicians (also known as the American Society of Piano Tuner-Technicians).
While providing a window into a profession that spanned the fields of both science and music, the William Lenx Collection contains information concerning economic changed,
advertising, trade associations, and technical advancement.
Divided into 5 series.
Series 1: William Lenz, 1925-1955
Series 2: Piano Tuners' Societies and Associations, ca. 1914-1954
Series 3: Piano Tuning and Playing, 1927-1953
Series 4: Manufacturers and Distributors of Parts and Tools, circa 1903-1952
Series 5: Manufacturers of Pianos, 1946-1955
Biographical / Historical:
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.
Materials in the Archives Center
Pratt-Read Company Records, 1893-1990 (NMAH.AC.320)
Steinway Piano Company Collection, 1850-1906, 1953 (NMAH.AC.0178)
Warshaw Collection of Business Americana, Series: Pianos (NMAH.AC.0060)
Wood & Brooks Company Records, c. 1890-c. 1958 (NMAH.AC.0457)
Wurlitzer Company Records, 1864-1984(NMAH.AC.0468).
Collection donated by University of Pennsylvania,through The Curtis Organ Restoration Society, May 24, 1994.
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