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Correspondence and broadcasting memos; sheet music trading lists; biographical sketch of Berlin

Series Creator:
DeVincent, Sam, 1918-1997  Search this
Container:
Box 5, Folder D
Type:
Archival materials
Series Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Series Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Series Citation:
The Sam DeVincent Collection of Illustrated American Sheet Music, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
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Sam DeVincent Collection of Illustrated American Sheet Music, Series 4: Songwriters Volumes I and II
Sam DeVincent Collection of Illustrated American Sheet Music, Series 4: Songwriters Volumes I and II / 4.218: Ephemera / Irving Berlin
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep831662136-d2ab-481e-bdd2-3c6e4cb203bb
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0300-s04-ref5028

John and Devra Hall Levy Collection

Performer:
Lincoln, Abbey, 1930 -  Search this
Adderly, Nat, 1931-  Search this
Wilson, Nancy, 1937-  Search this
Mbulu, Letta  Search this
Adderley, Cannonball  Search this
Montgomery, Wes, 1925-1968  Search this
Horn, Shirley, 1934-  Search this
Donor:
Levy, Devra Hall  Search this
Creator:
Levy, John, 1912-2012  Search this
Extent:
23.6 Cubic feet (96 boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Financial records
Interviews
Press releases
Schedules
Contracts
Correspondence
Itineraries
Articles
Scrapbooks
Business records
Videotapes
Audiotapes
Professional papers
Photographs
Date:
1916-2010, undated
Scope and Contents:
The collection documents Levy's short career as a musician, his longer career as a manager, and the careers of some of his clients. The client most well represented in the collection is Nancy Wilson, with recordings, photographs, correspondence, financial statements, and contracts included. Papers relating to other clients include business records such as ledgers, scheduling information, itineraries, and contracts; publicity materials such as articles, press kits, photographs, and videotapes; personal correspondence; photographs; oral history interviews; scrapbook pages; recordings, some commercial and some non-commercial; and miscellany. The non-commercial recordings feature artists including Nancy Wilson, Cannonball Adderley, Nat Adderly, Abbey Lincoln, Wes Montgomery, Shirley Horn, Letta Mbulu, and others. Also included are some of Wes Montgomery's music manuscripts.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into six series.

Series 1: Personal Papers, 1916-2010, undated

Series 2: Business Records, 1957-2007, undated Series 3: Photographic Materials, 1963-2002, undated

Series 4: Artist Files, 1942-2001-05-12

Series 5: Joe Williams, 1962-2007, undated

Series 6: Nancy Wilson, 1959-2008, undated
Biographical / Historical:
John Levy was a renowned leading representative of jazz musicians and was the first African American to work in the music industry as a personal manager. Born in 1912 in New Orleans, Louisiana his family moved to Chicago when he was six. By the early 1940s he had begun playing bass in jazz bands around town. In 1944, Levy left Chicago with the Stuff Smith Trio to play an extended engagement at the Onyx Club on New York City's 52nd Street. Over the next years, he played and recorded with many jazz notables, including Ben Webster, Buddy Rich, Errol Garner, Rex Stewart, Milt Jackson, and Billy Taylor, as well as with Billie Holiday at her comeback performance at Carnegie Hall in 1948. In 1949, blind pianist George Shearing hired Levy for his own group and as they toured the country, Levy gradually took on the role of road manager. By 1951, Levy stopped performing to become the group's full-time manager, making history as the first African American manager of a major musical group, and establishing the career he would continue for the next fifty years.

Levy's client roster included many major artists, including Nat and Cannonball Adderley, Betty Carter, Roberta Flack, Herbie Hancock, Shirley Horn, Freddie Hubbard, Ahmad Jamal, Ramsey Lewis, Abbey Lincoln, Herbie Mann, Wes Montgomery, Carol Sloane, Joe Williams, and Nancy Wilson, as well as Arsenio Hall (the only comedian he has managed among some one hundred entertainers). In recognition of his achievements, Levy has received numerous awards, including induction into the International Jazz Hall of Fame (1997), receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Los Angeles Jazz Society (2002), and being named a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master (2006). His autobiography, Men, Women, and Girl Singers: My Life as a Musician Turned Talent Manager, written with his wife Devra Hall, was published in 2001 and expanded into a photograph book, Strollin': A Jazz Life through John Levy's Personal Lens, released in 2008 on the occasion of his 96th birthday. Levy died in 2012 at the age of ninety-nine in Altadena, California.
Related Materials:
Bobby Short Papers
Provenance:
Donated to the Archives Center in 2011 by Devra Hall Levy.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Musicians -- United States  Search this
Jazz musicians -- United States  Search this
Music trade -- 20th century -- United States  Search this
Music -- 20th century -- United States  Search this
Jazz -- 20th century -- United States  Search this
African American musicians  Search this
Sound recordings -- Album covers  Search this
Sound recordings -- Jazz -- 1930-1990 -- United States  Search this
Genre/Form:
Financial records -- 20th century
Interviews
Press releases
Schedules
Contracts
Correspondence -- 20th century
Itineraries
Articles
Scrapbooks
Business records -- 20th century
Videotapes
Audiotapes
Professional papers -- 20th century
Photographs -- 20th century
Citation:
John and Devra Hall Levy Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.1221
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John and Devra Hall Levy Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep81a6961c7-0d9e-40c9-b6b1-bc87a35c9187
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-1221

ARSC/IASA/CAML Conference Procedings: Digital Audio Production; Canadian Country Music Panel

Creator:
Association of Recorded Sound Collections  Search this
Lackie, Bob  Search this
Dobbs, David  Search this
Dick, Ernie  Search this
Parker, C. Gerald  Search this
Husband, Kathryn  Search this
Alix, Yves  Search this
Recorder:
Place, Jeffrey  Search this
Extent:
1 Sound cassette (analog.)
Type:
Archival materials
Sound cassettes
Place:
Canada
Québec (Province)
Hull (Queb̌ec)
Contents:
Country Music discussion also included Eddie Bimm, Irene Desjardins, Jack Feeney, Ted Gerow, Ron Sparling
Track Information:
101 CBC Workshop on Digital Audio Production / Bob Lackie, David Dobbs, Ernie Dick.

102 CAML Workshop in Canadian Country Music / C. Gerald Parker, Kathryn Husband, Yves Alix.
Local Numbers:
FP-1990-CT-0108
Date/Time and Place of an Event Note:
Recorded in: Hull (Québec), Québec (Province), Canada, May 10, 1990.
General:
tape 4
Restrictions:
Restrictions on access. No duplication allowed listening and viewing for research purposes only.
Topic:
Meeting notes  Search this
Country music  Search this
Sound recovery  Search this
Sound archives  Search this
Music trade  Search this
Identifier:
CFCH.AVPR, Item FP-1990-CT-0108
See more items in:
CFCH Audiovisual Projects
CFCH Audiovisual Projects / Audio Recordings / AVPR.Conferences / ARSC/IASA/CAML Conference Proceedings
Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/bk5ca99a64a-9e25-4d84-bac9-4026d793f978
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-cfch-avpr-ref914

Festival Recordings: Narrative Stage: Fiddle Workshop: Promotion and Marketing

Creator:
Smithsonian Institution. Festival of American Folklife. American Indian Program 1992 Washington, D.C.  Search this
Howard, Timothea, 1953-2017 (recorder)  Search this
Performer:
Stevens, Bill, 1933-  Search this
Johnson, Brian  Search this
Houle, Lawrence, 1938-  Search this
Seeger, Anthony  Search this
Kapusniak, John F., 1962-  Search this
Porter, Murray, 1960-  Search this
Collection Creator:
Smithsonian Institution. Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage  Search this
Extent:
compact audio cassette
1 Sound cassette (analog.)
Culture:
Indians of North America  Search this
Americans  Search this
Ojibwa Indians  Search this
Michif Indians  Search this
Onondaga Indians  Search this
Iroquois Indians  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Sound cassettes
Place:
United States
Washington (D.C.)
North Dakota
Canada
Alaska
Manitoba
Fairbanks (Alaska)
Belcourt (N.D.)
New York
Nedrow (N.Y.)
Date:
1992 June 25
Track Information:
101 Fiddle Workshop / Bill Stevens, Brian Johnson, Lawrence Houle. Fiddle,Guitar.

102 Promotion and Marketing / Anthony Seeger, John F. Kapusniak, Murray Porter. Piano.
Local Numbers:
FP-1992-CT-0050-6
Date/Time and Place of an Event Note:
Recorded in: Washington (D.C.), United States, June 25, 1992.
Restrictions:
Restrictions on access. Some duplication is allowed. Use of materials needs permission of the Smithsonian Institution.
Collection Rights:
Copyright and other restrictions may apply. Generally, materials created during a Festival are covered by a release signed by each participant permitting their use for personal and educational purposes; materials created as part of the fieldwork leading to a Festival may be more restricted. We permit and encourage such personal and educational use of those materials provided digitally here, without special permissions. Use of any materials for publication, commercial use, or distribution requires a license from the Archives. Licensing fees may apply in addition to any processing fees.
Topic:
Oral history  Search this
American Indian  Search this
Violin  Search this
Guitar  Search this
Piano  Search this
Athapascan Indians  Search this
Music trade  Search this
Sound recording industry  Search this
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Folklife Festival records: 1992 Festival of American Folklife, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
CFCH.SFF.1992, Item FP-1992-CT-0050
See more items in:
Smithsonian Folklife Festival records: 1992 Festival of American Folklife
Smithsonian Folklife Festival records: 1992 Festival of American Folklife / Series 2: The Changing Soundscape in Indian Country / 2.3: Audio
Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/bk51d164837-d70e-4dce-80be-4d9802219a18
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-cfch-sff-1992-ref840

Festival Recordings: Narrative Stage: Marketing; The Recording Industry: Classical Music

Creator:
Smithsonian Institution. Festival of American Folklife. American Indian Program 1992 Washington, D.C.  Search this
Spinks, Vondale (recorder)  Search this
Howard, Timothea, 1953-2017 (recorder)  Search this
Performer:
Bomberry, Elaine, 1951-  Search this
Porter, Murray, 1960-  Search this
Davids, Brent Michael, 1959-  Search this
Collection Creator:
Smithsonian Institution. Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage  Search this
Extent:
compact audio cassette
1 Sound cassette (analog.)
Culture:
Indians of North America  Search this
Americans  Search this
Oneida Indians  Search this
Iroquois Indians  Search this
Mohawk Indians  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Sound cassettes
Place:
United States
Washington (D.C.)
Canada
Ontario
Arizona
Tempe (Ariz.)
Date:
1992 June 26
Track Information:
101 Marketing: The Recording Industry / Elaine Bomberry, Murray Porter. Piano.

102 Classical Music / Brent Michael Davids. Crystal flute.
Local Numbers:
FP-1992-CT-0054
Date/Time and Place of an Event Note:
Recorded in: Washington (D.C.), United States, June 26, 1992.
Restrictions:
Restrictions on access. Some duplication is allowed. Use of materials needs permission of the Smithsonian Institution.
Collection Rights:
Copyright and other restrictions may apply. Generally, materials created during a Festival are covered by a release signed by each participant permitting their use for personal and educational purposes; materials created as part of the fieldwork leading to a Festival may be more restricted. We permit and encourage such personal and educational use of those materials provided digitally here, without special permissions. Use of any materials for publication, commercial use, or distribution requires a license from the Archives. Licensing fees may apply in addition to any processing fees.
Topic:
Oral history  Search this
American Indian  Search this
Piano  Search this
Crystal flute  Search this
Music trade  Search this
Sound recording industry  Search this
Composition (Music)  Search this
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Folklife Festival records: 1992 Festival of American Folklife, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
CFCH.SFF.1992, Item FP-1992-CT-0054
See more items in:
Smithsonian Folklife Festival records: 1992 Festival of American Folklife
Smithsonian Folklife Festival records: 1992 Festival of American Folklife / Series 2: The Changing Soundscape in Indian Country / 2.3: Audio
Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/bk504a02190-b59d-463a-9450-9c39cf482a76
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-cfch-sff-1992-ref844

Festival Recordings: Narrative Stage: Pan-Festival Workshop; Drum making: Marketing: Fiddle Workshop

Creator:
Smithsonian Institution. Festival of American Folklife. American Indian Program 1992 Washington, D.C.  Search this
Kamalidiin, Sais (recorder)  Search this
Van Buren, Tom (recorder)  Search this
Performer:
Bonaparte, Brad  Search this
Geronimo, Joseph, 1949-  Search this
Topo, Louis  Search this
Gomez, Alex  Search this
Porter, Murray, 1960-  Search this
Lyons, Rex  Search this
Stevens, Bill, 1933-  Search this
Johnson, Brian  Search this
Houle, Lawrence, 1938-  Search this
Collection Creator:
Smithsonian Institution. Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage  Search this
Extent:
compact audio cassette
1 Sound cassette (analog.)
Culture:
Indians of North America  Search this
Americans  Search this
Apache Indians  Search this
Akwesasne Mohawk  Search this
Iroquois Indians  Search this
Oneida Indians  Search this
Ojibwa Indians  Search this
Michif Indians  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Sound cassettes
Place:
United States
Washington (D.C.)
Canada
Québec (Province)
New Mexico
French Guiana
Akwesasne Indian Reserve (Québec and Ont.)
Arizona
Nedrow (N.Y.)
Ontario
New York
Manitoba
Alaska
North Dakota
Date:
1992 June 27
Track Information:
101 Pan Festival Workshop: Drum Making / Brad Bonaparte, Joseph Geronimo, Louis Topo. Drum.

102 Marketing / Alex Gomez, Murray Porter, Rex Lyons.

103 Fiddle Workshop / Bill Stevens, Brian Johnson, Lawrence Houle. Fiddle.
Local Numbers:
FP-1992-CT-0059
Date/Time and Place of an Event Note:
Recorded in: Washington (D.C.), United States, June 27, 1992.
Restrictions:
Restrictions on access. Some duplication is allowed. Use of materials needs permission of the Smithsonian Institution.
Collection Rights:
Copyright and other restrictions may apply. Generally, materials created during a Festival are covered by a release signed by each participant permitting their use for personal and educational purposes; materials created as part of the fieldwork leading to a Festival may be more restricted. We permit and encourage such personal and educational use of those materials provided digitally here, without special permissions. Use of any materials for publication, commercial use, or distribution requires a license from the Archives. Licensing fees may apply in addition to any processing fees.
Topic:
Oral history  Search this
American Indian  Search this
Fiddle tunes  Search this
Drum  Search this
Violin  Search this
Iroquois Indians  Search this
Maroons  Search this
Musical instruments -- Construction  Search this
Music trade  Search this
Sound recording industry  Search this
Tohono O'Odham Indians  Search this
Athapascan Indians  Search this
French Guiana -- Songs and music  Search this
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Folklife Festival records: 1992 Festival of American Folklife, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
CFCH.SFF.1992, Item FP-1992-CT-0059
See more items in:
Smithsonian Folklife Festival records: 1992 Festival of American Folklife
Smithsonian Folklife Festival records: 1992 Festival of American Folklife / Series 2: The Changing Soundscape in Indian Country / 2.3: Audio
Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/bk5e2a0d477-2eea-4ee9-a883-d5f8b61d371d
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-cfch-sff-1992-ref849

Festival Recordings: Narrative Stage: Instrument Construction: Promotion & Marketing

Creator:
Smithsonian Institution. Festival of American Folklife. American Indian Program 1992 Washington, D.C.  Search this
Place, Janet L. (recorder)  Search this
Walker, Tracy (recorder)  Search this
Performer:
Bonaparte, Brad  Search this
Davids, Brent Michael, 1959-  Search this
Kapusniak, John F., 1962-  Search this
Porter, Murray, 1960-  Search this
Lyons, Rex  Search this
Collection Creator:
Smithsonian Institution. Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage  Search this
Extent:
compact audio cassette (analog)
1 Sound cassette (analog.)
Culture:
Indians of North America  Search this
Americans  Search this
Akwesasne Mohawk  Search this
Mohawk Indians  Search this
Oneida Indians  Search this
Onondaga Indians  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Sound cassettes
Place:
United States
Washington (D.C.)
Canada
Québec (Province)
Arizona
Akwesasne Indian Reserve (Québec and Ont.)
Tempe (Ariz.)
New York
Nedrow (N.Y.)
Ontario
Date:
1992 June 28
Track Information:
101 Instrument Construction / Brad Bonaparte, Brent Michael Davids. Crystal flute,Drum,Water-drum.

102 Promotion and Marketing / John F. Kapusniak, Murray Porter, Rex Lyons. Piano,Guitar.
Local Numbers:
FP-1992-CT-0062
Date/Time and Place of an Event Note:
Recorded in: Washington (D.C.), United States, June 28, 1992.
Restrictions:
Restrictions on access. Some duplication is allowed. Use of materials needs permission of the Smithsonian Institution.
Collection Rights:
Copyright and other restrictions may apply. Generally, materials created during a Festival are covered by a release signed by each participant permitting their use for personal and educational purposes; materials created as part of the fieldwork leading to a Festival may be more restricted. We permit and encourage such personal and educational use of those materials provided digitally here, without special permissions. Use of any materials for publication, commercial use, or distribution requires a license from the Archives. Licensing fees may apply in addition to any processing fees.
Topic:
Oral history  Search this
American Indian  Search this
Crystal flute  Search this
Drum  Search this
Water-drum  Search this
Piano  Search this
Guitar  Search this
Musical instruments -- Construction  Search this
Music trade  Search this
Iroquois Indians  Search this
Sound recording industry  Search this
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Folklife Festival records: 1992 Festival of American Folklife, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
CFCH.SFF.1992, Item FP-1992-CT-0062
See more items in:
Smithsonian Folklife Festival records: 1992 Festival of American Folklife
Smithsonian Folklife Festival records: 1992 Festival of American Folklife / Series 2: The Changing Soundscape in Indian Country / 2.3: Audio
Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/bk5120d72cc-ac21-459c-94c6-8381a2effc81
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-cfch-sff-1992-ref852

Festival Recordings: Narrative Stage: Fiddle Workshop; Protest Songs: Marketing: Sacred/Secular MusicFW-1992-7RR-0067: Banjo Recordings: Pat Cloud

Creator:
Smithsonian Institution. Festival of American Folklife. American Indian Program 1992 Washington, D.C.  Search this
Davis, Mariel Smith (recorder)  Search this
Sanders, Sallie (recorder)  Search this
Performer:
Stevens, Bill, 1933-  Search this
Johnson, Brian  Search this
Houle, Lawrence, 1938-  Search this
Henhawk, Dugan  Search this
Porter, Murray, 1960-  Search this
Lyons, Rex  Search this
Lopez, Dennis, 1965-  Search this
Segura, Knifewing, 1957-  Search this
Bonaparte, Brad  Search this
Dreadfulwater, J.B., 1932-2002  Search this
Collection Creator:
Smithsonian Institution. Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage  Search this
Extent:
compact audio cassette
1 Sound cassette (analog.)
Culture:
Indians of North America  Search this
Americans  Search this
Ojibwa Indians  Search this
Michif Indians  Search this
Oneida Indians  Search this
Onondaga Indians  Search this
Zuni  Search this
Cherokee  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Sound cassettes
Place:
United States
Washington (D.C.)
Canada
Manitoba
North Dakota
Alaska
New York
Nedrow (N.Y.)
Ontario
New Mexico
Arizona
Québec (Province)
Oklahoma
Akwesasne Indian Reserve (Québec and Ont.)
Date:
1992 June 29
Track Information:
101 Fiddle Workshop / Bill Stevens, Brian Johnson, Lawrence Houle. Fiddle.

102 Protest Songs / Dugan Henhawk, Murray Porter, Rex Lyons. Piano,Guitar.

103 Marketing / Rex Lyons, Dennis Lopez, Knifewing Segura.

104 Sacred/Secular Music / Lawrence Houle, Brad Bonaparte, J.B. Dreadfulwater.
Local Numbers:
FP-1992-CT-0067-7
Date/Time and Place of an Event Note:
Recorded in: Washington (D.C.), United States, June 29, 1992.
Restrictions:
Restrictions on access. Some duplication is allowed. Use of materials needs permission of the Smithsonian Institution.
Collection Rights:
Copyright and other restrictions may apply. Generally, materials created during a Festival are covered by a release signed by each participant permitting their use for personal and educational purposes; materials created as part of the fieldwork leading to a Festival may be more restricted. We permit and encourage such personal and educational use of those materials provided digitally here, without special permissions. Use of any materials for publication, commercial use, or distribution requires a license from the Archives. Licensing fees may apply in addition to any processing fees.
Topic:
Oral history  Search this
Fiddle tunes  Search this
Protest songs  Search this
Gospel music  Search this
Violin  Search this
Piano  Search this
Guitar  Search this
Athapascan Indians  Search this
Struggle  Search this
Borderlands  Search this
Tohono O'Odham Indians  Search this
Music trade  Search this
Iroquois Indians  Search this
Religion  Search this
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Folklife Festival records: 1992 Festival of American Folklife, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
CFCH.SFF.1992, Item FP-1992-CT-0067
See more items in:
Smithsonian Folklife Festival records: 1992 Festival of American Folklife
Smithsonian Folklife Festival records: 1992 Festival of American Folklife / Series 2: The Changing Soundscape in Indian Country / 2.3: Audio
Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/bk50d8d5192-dc25-42c4-b328-4b6aca0e00a7
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-cfch-sff-1992-ref857

Festival Recordings: Narrative Stage: Promotion & Marketing: Instrument Construction FW-1992-7RR-0070: Banjo Recordings: Chris Sands, Abdourahamon Mangarra

Creator:
Smithsonian Institution. Festival of American Folklife. American Indian Program 1992 Washington, D.C.  Search this
Mitchell, John N. (recorder)  Search this
Cameron, Donald (recorder)  Search this
Performer:
Kapusniak, John F., 1962-  Search this
Segura, Knifewing, 1957-  Search this
Vavages, Lucious, 1974-  Search this
Bonaparte, Brad  Search this
Davids, Brent Michael, 1959-  Search this
Collection Creator:
Smithsonian Institution. Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage  Search this
Extent:
compact audio cassette
1 Sound cassette (analog.)
Culture:
Zuni  Search this
Indians of North America  Search this
Americans  Search this
Tohono O'Odham Indians  Search this
Mohawk Indians  Search this
Akwesasne Mohawk  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Sound cassettes
Place:
United States
Washington (D.C.)
New York
Arizona
Canada
New Mexico
Ontario
Nedrow (N.Y.)
Tucson (Ariz.)
Québec (Province)
Tempe (Ariz.)
Akwesasne Indian Reserve (Québec and Ont.)
Date:
1992 July 2
Track Information:
101 Promotion and Marketing / John F. Kapusniak, Knifewing Segura, Lucious Vavages.

102 Instrument Construction / Brad Bonaparte, Brent Michael Davids. Crystal flute,Drum.
Local Numbers:
FP-1992-CT-0070
Date/Time and Place of an Event Note:
Recorded in: Washington (D.C.), United States, July 2, 1992.
Restrictions:
Restrictions on access. Some duplication is allowed. Use of materials needs permission of the Smithsonian Institution.
Collection Rights:
Copyright and other restrictions may apply. Generally, materials created during a Festival are covered by a release signed by each participant permitting their use for personal and educational purposes; materials created as part of the fieldwork leading to a Festival may be more restricted. We permit and encourage such personal and educational use of those materials provided digitally here, without special permissions. Use of any materials for publication, commercial use, or distribution requires a license from the Archives. Licensing fees may apply in addition to any processing fees.
Topic:
Oral history  Search this
American Indian  Search this
Crystal flute  Search this
Drum  Search this
Music trade  Search this
Oneida Indians  Search this
Tohono O'Odham Indians  Search this
Musical instruments -- Construction  Search this
Iroquois Indians  Search this
Mohegan Indians  Search this
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Folklife Festival records: 1992 Festival of American Folklife, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
CFCH.SFF.1992, Item FP-1992-CT-0070
See more items in:
Smithsonian Folklife Festival records: 1992 Festival of American Folklife
Smithsonian Folklife Festival records: 1992 Festival of American Folklife / Series 2: The Changing Soundscape in Indian Country / 2.3: Audio
Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/bk5e7c1a663-ced6-478d-b184-495a5a6ea7b4
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-cfch-sff-1992-ref860

Festival Recordings: Narrative Stage: Instrument Construction: Sacred/Secular Music: Marketing; Protest Songs FW-1992-7RR-0077: Banjo Recordings: Alan O'Bryant

Creator:
Smithsonian Institution. Festival of American Folklife. American Indian Program 1992 Washington, D.C.  Search this
McCauley, John (recorder)  Search this
Henhawk, Dugan  Search this
Performer:
Davids, Brent Michael, 1959-  Search this
Dreadfulwater, J.B., 1932-2002  Search this
Segura, Knifewing, 1957-  Search this
Carlos, Roger F., 1942-  Search this
Henhawk, Dugan  Search this
White Boy & the Wagon Burners (Musical group)  Search this
Collection Creator:
Smithsonian Institution. Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage  Search this
Extent:
compact audio cassette
1 Sound cassette (analog.)
Culture:
Indians of North America  Search this
Americans  Search this
Mohegan Indians  Search this
Cherokee  Search this
Zuni  Search this
Tohono O'Odham Indians  Search this
Onondaga Indians  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Sound cassettes
Place:
United States
Washington (D.C.)
Arizona
Tempe (Ariz.)
Oklahoma
Tahlequah (Okla.)
New York
Nedrow (N.Y.)
Date:
1992 July 3
Track Information:
101 Instrument Construction / Brent Michael Davids. Crystal flute,Water-drum.

102 Sacred/Secular Music / J.B. Dreadfulwater.

103 Marketing: The Recording Industry / Knifewing Segura, Roger F. Carlos.

104 Protest Songs / Knifewing Segura, White Boy & the Wagon Burners (Musical group), Dugan Henhawk. Guitar.
Local Numbers:
FP-1992-CT-0077
Date/Time and Place of an Event Note:
Recorded in: Washington (D.C.), United States, July 3, 1992.
Restrictions:
Restrictions on access. Some duplication is allowed. Use of materials needs permission of the Smithsonian Institution.
Collection Rights:
Copyright and other restrictions may apply. Generally, materials created during a Festival are covered by a release signed by each participant permitting their use for personal and educational purposes; materials created as part of the fieldwork leading to a Festival may be more restricted. We permit and encourage such personal and educational use of those materials provided digitally here, without special permissions. Use of any materials for publication, commercial use, or distribution requires a license from the Archives. Licensing fees may apply in addition to any processing fees.
Topic:
Oral history  Search this
American Indian  Search this
Gospel music  Search this
hymns  Search this
Protest songs  Search this
Rockabilly music  Search this
Crystal flute  Search this
Water-drum  Search this
Guitar  Search this
Musical instruments -- Construction  Search this
Religion  Search this
Baptists  Search this
Christianity  Search this
Sound recording industry  Search this
Music trade  Search this
Tohono O'Odham Indians  Search this
Struggle  Search this
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Folklife Festival records: 1992 Festival of American Folklife, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
CFCH.SFF.1992, Item FP-1992-CT-0077
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Smithsonian Folklife Festival records: 1992 Festival of American Folklife
Smithsonian Folklife Festival records: 1992 Festival of American Folklife / Series 2: The Changing Soundscape in Indian Country / 2.3: Audio
Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/bk5b0d99d94-e4bf-42aa-85b0-0774562070ca
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-cfch-sff-1992-ref867

Festival Recordings: Narrative Stage: Navajo Music: MarketingFW-1992-7RR-0079: Banjo Recordings: Ralph Stanley

Creator:
Smithsonian Institution. Festival of American Folklife. American Indian Program 1992 Washington, D.C.  Search this
Garcia, Sarah (recorder)  Search this
McCauley, John (recorder)  Search this
Performer:
Burch, Sharon  Search this
Gomez, Alex  Search this
Kapusniak, John F., 1962-  Search this
Segura, Knifewing, 1957-  Search this
Collection Creator:
Smithsonian Institution. Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage  Search this
Extent:
compact audio cassette
1 Sound cassette (analog.)
Culture:
Indians of North America  Search this
Americans  Search this
Navajo Indians  Search this
Apache Indians  Search this
Onondaga Indians  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Sound cassettes
Place:
United States
Washington (D.C.)
California
Santa Rosa (Calif.)
Arizona
New York
Nedrow (N.Y.)
Date:
1992 July 4
Track Information:
101 Navajo Music / Sharon Burch. Guitar.

102 Marketing / Alex Gomez, John F. Kapusniak, Knifewing Segura.
Local Numbers:
FP-1992-CT-0079
Date/Time and Place of an Event Note:
Recorded in: Washington (D.C.), United States, July 4, 1992.
Restrictions:
Restrictions on access. Some duplication is allowed. Use of materials needs permission of the Smithsonian Institution.
Collection Rights:
Copyright and other restrictions may apply. Generally, materials created during a Festival are covered by a release signed by each participant permitting their use for personal and educational purposes; materials created as part of the fieldwork leading to a Festival may be more restricted. We permit and encourage such personal and educational use of those materials provided digitally here, without special permissions. Use of any materials for publication, commercial use, or distribution requires a license from the Archives. Licensing fees may apply in addition to any processing fees.
Topic:
Oral history  Search this
American Indian  Search this
Guitar  Search this
Iroquois Indians  Search this
Sound recording industry  Search this
Tohono O'Odham Indians  Search this
Music trade  Search this
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Folklife Festival records: 1992 Festival of American Folklife, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
CFCH.SFF.1992, Item FP-1992-CT-0079
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Smithsonian Folklife Festival records: 1992 Festival of American Folklife
Smithsonian Folklife Festival records: 1992 Festival of American Folklife / Series 2: The Changing Soundscape in Indian Country / 2.3: Audio
Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
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ead_component:sova-cfch-sff-1992-ref869

Festival Recordings: Narrative Stage: Cape Verdean Music Industry; Social Dance Styles; Building with Stones

Creator:
Smithsonian Institution. Festival of American Folklife. Cape Verde Program 1995 Washington, D.C.  Search this
Golden, Justin (recorder)  Search this
Recorder:
Ballivian, Monica (recorder)  Search this
Performer:
Mendes, João  Search this
De Pina, Augusto  Search this
Gonsalves, Virginia  Search this
da Veiga, Jose Luis M.  Search this
Barreto, Orlando J. Ribeiro  Search this
Collection Creator:
Smithsonian Institution. Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage  Search this
Extent:
compact audio cassette
1 Sound cassette (analog.)
Culture:
Americans  Search this
Cape Verdeans  Search this
Cape Verdean Americans  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Sound cassettes
Place:
United States
Washington (D.C.)
Massachusetts
Cape Verde
Brockton (Mass.)
Fogo (Cape Verde)
Santiago (Cape Verde)
Date:
1995 July 2
Track Information:
101 Cape Verdean Music Industry / João Mendes.

102 Social Dance Styles / Augusto De Pina, Virginia Gonsalves. Violin.

103 Building with Stone / Jose Luis M. da Veiga, Orlando J. Ribeiro Barreto.
Local Numbers:
FP-1995-CT-0345
Date/Time and Place of an Event Note:
Recorded in: Washington (D.C.), United States, July 2, 1995.
Restrictions:
Restrictions on access. Some duplication is allowed. Use of materials needs permission of the Smithsonian Institution.
Collection Rights:
Copyright and other restrictions may apply. Generally, materials created during a Festival are covered by a release signed by each participant permitting their use for personal and educational purposes; materials created as part of the fieldwork leading to a Festival may be more restricted. We permit and encourage such personal and educational use of those materials provided digitally here, without special permissions. Use of any materials for publication, commercial use, or distribution requires a license from the Archives. Licensing fees may apply in addition to any processing fees.
Topic:
Oral history  Search this
World music  Search this
Coladeira  Search this
Morna  Search this
Violin  Search this
Sound recording industry  Search this
Music trade  Search this
Emigration & immigration  Search this
Social dancing  Search this
Stonecarving  Search this
Building  Search this
Stone-cutters  Search this
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Folklife Festival records: 1995 Festival of American Folklife, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
CFCH.SFF.1995, Item FP-1995-CT-0345
See more items in:
Smithsonian Folklife Festival records: 1995 Festival of American Folklife
Smithsonian Folklife Festival records: 1995 Festival of American Folklife / Series 2: The Cape Verdean Connection / 2.3: Audio
Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/bk57c379009-b594-4800-8784-4e02a1a20f0f
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-cfch-sff-1995-ref603

Guy Carawan, Sarah Ogan Gunning, Jim Garland, Joe Glazer; Discussion of Recording Industry

Creator:
Smithsonian Institution. Festival of American Folklife. Working Americans Program 1974 Washington, D.C.  Search this
Green, Archie  Search this
Goldstein, Kenneth S., 1927-1995  Search this
Workman, Nimrod  Search this
Ringer, Jim  Search this
Reece, Florence, 1900-1986  Search this
McCaslin, Mary  Search this
Nowlin, Bill, 1945-  Search this
Kirby, Rich  Search this
Artist:
Carawan, Guy  Search this
Gunning, Sarah Ogan, 1910-1983  Search this
Garland, Jim, 1905-1978  Search this
Glazer, Joe, 1918-2006  Search this
Collection Creator:
Smithsonian Institution. Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage  Search this
Extent:
1 Sound recording
sound-tape reel (analog, 7 in.)
Type:
Archival materials
Sound recordings
Place:
Appalachian Region, Southern -- Songs and music
United States
Washington (D.C.)
West Virginia
Kentucky
Date:
1974 July 13
Contents:
Florence Reece--Church song; Nimrod Workman--I'm gonna go to that land; Rich Kirby, Nimrod, Jim Garland, Sarah Ogan Gunning and Florence Reece--we shall overcome; Sarah Gunning- Old Jack Frost; Group--Paradise--Roll the union on--Solidarity forever; Recording industry panel with Archie Green, Bill Nowlin, Joe Glazer; Jim Ringer, Mary Mccaslin, Guy Carawan, Kenny Goldstein
General note:
DPA number 74.501.54
Local Numbers:
FP-1974-7RR-0314
General:
74.501.54
Date/Time and Place of an Event Note:
Recorded in: Washington (D.C.), United States, July 13, 1974.
Restrictions:
Restrictions on access. Some duplication is allowed. Use of materials needs permission of the Smithsonian Institution.
Collection Rights:
Copyright and other restrictions may apply. Generally, materials created during a Festival are covered by a release signed by each participant permitting their use for personal and educational purposes; materials created as part of the fieldwork leading to a Festival may be more restricted. We permit and encourage such personal and educational use of those materials provided digitally here, without special permissions. Use of any materials for publication, commercial use, or distribution requires a license from the Archives. Licensing fees may apply in addition to any processing fees.
Topic:
Labor  Search this
occupational folklore  Search this
Music trade  Search this
Labor unions -- Songs and music  Search this
Folk songs -- United States  Search this
Folk songs -- Kentucky  Search this
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Folklife Festival records: 1974 Festival of American Folklife, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
CFCH.SFF.1974, Item FP-1974-7RR-0314
See more items in:
Smithsonian Folklife Festival records: 1974 Festival of American Folklife
Smithsonian Folklife Festival records: 1974 Festival of American Folklife / Series 9: Working Americans / 9.3: Audio
Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/bk523766992-67df-450a-a6fa-83faab7d959b
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-cfch-sff-1974-ref4831

Sohmer & Co. Records

Author:
Falcone Custom Grand Pianos  Search this
Donor:
Pratt, Read and Company  Search this
Creator:
Sohmer & Company  Search this
Collector:
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Musical Instruments  Search this
Names:
Sohmer & Company  Search this
Kuder, Joseph  Search this
Sohmer, Harry J.  Search this
Sohmer, Harry J., Jr.  Search this
Sohmer, Hugo  Search this
Sohmer, William  Search this
Extent:
43 Cubic feet (82 boxes and 11 map-folders)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Sales catalogs
Photographic prints
Advertisements
Scrapbooks
Clippings
Journals (accounts)
Ledgers (account books)
Place:
Ivoryton (Conn.)
New York (N.Y.) -- Musical instruments industry
Date:
1872-1989
Scope and Contents:
The records of Sohmer & Co., date from 1872 through 1989. They fall into fourteen series based primarily on function. Legal, financial, inventory & appraisal, manufacturing, marketing, advertising, and sales are the major series. Photographs, awards, family papers, publications about Sohmer, general publications, "miscellaneous" and correspondence are the remaining series. The records are especially strong in the areas of advertising, finances, and marketing. The collection does not contain corporate records, articles of incorporation, executive records, minutes, annual reports, or personnel records such as payrolls or job descriptions.
Arrangement:
The collection is divided into 14 series.

Series 1: Stock and Legal Records, 1882-1985

Series 2: Financial Records, 1887-1962

Series 3: Inventory & Appraisal Records, 1891-1980

Series 4: Manufacturing Records, 1872-1967

Series 5: Marketing, 1901-1989

Series 6: Advertising Records, 1880-1983

Series 7: Sales Records, 1923-1982

Series 8: Photographs, circa 1920-1964

Series 9: Awards, 1876-1976

Serioes 10: Sohmer Family Papers, 1945-1970

Series 11: Publications about Sohmer, 1883-1986

Series 12: General Publications, 1912-1985

Series 13: Miscellaneous Records, 1894-1983

Series 14: Correspondence, 1892-1987
Historical:
When Sohmer & Co. was founded in 1872 by Hugo Sohmer and his partner Joseph Kuder, it became one of 171 piano manufacturers in New York City. Over the next 110 years, Sohmer & Co. was one of the few active and successful family-owned and operated piano-making ventures in the United States. Nationally known for tonal quality and fine craftmanship, the firm's product, in the music trade, came to be referred to as "The Piano-Maker's Piano."
Biographical:
Born to an eminent physician in Dunningen, Wurtemberg, Germany on November 11, 1846, Hugo Sohmer enjoyed a first class education. Riding the last major wave of German immigration, which had brought piano makers such as Albert Weber, George Steck, John and Charles Fischer, and Henry E. Steinway to America, Hugo arrived in New York City in 1862. He became an apprentice in the piano making house of Schuetze & Ludolf. To learn more about European piano making, Hugo returned to Germany in 1868 and travelled extensively throughout Europe. In 1870 he returned to New York and by 1872 the 26 year old Sohmer and his partner, Josef Kuder, began manufacturing pianos in the 149 East 14th Street factory previously utilized by J.H. Boernhoeft and most recently by Marschall & Mittauer.

Josef Kuder, originally from Bohemia, Austria Hungary, learned piano making in Vienna between 1847 and 1854. Kuder arrived in New York in 1854 and became a pianomaker with Steinway & Sons which had been founded in 1853. In 1861 he returned to Vienna; he worked there until returning to New York in 1864, where he worked for Marschall & Mittauer until joining Sohmer.

Concentrating on tonal quality and response, Sohmer & Co. began producing pianos which were recognized in 1876 by an award from the Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia. In the waning years of the nineteenth century Sohmer & Co. received other awards including a diploma from the Exposition Provinciale in Montreal, Quebec in 1881, the gold medal at the Great New England Fair in Worcester, Massachusetts in 1889, and an award from the World's Columbian Commission in 1893 in Chicago.

By 1883 additional factory space, located on East 23rd Street and formerly used by Carhart & Needham, was occupied to accomodate increased production. In three years this space proved inadequate and forced the renting of an extension to the original factory. The main office and salesrooms were located at 31 West 57th Street in New York City. Meanwhile, in 1884 Sohmer invented the first five foot "baby" grand piano which was applauded for its musical brilliance and depth of tone. In the early 1900's Sohmer produced grand pianos in four sizes: Concert, Parlor, Baby & Cupid.

Limited space and increased production soon became issues again, and in 1887 the company moved its factory and special machinery to Astoria, Long Island. This factory, located at 31st Avenue and Vernon Boulevard, remained in continuous operation until 1982, when the Adirondack Chair Co. bought the building and Pratt Read acquired the company.

During the 1880s a number of letters patent were granted to Sohmer for such piano improvements as the agraffe bar for tone augmentation, and the aliquot string, which were auxiliary strings "arranged in conjunction with the regular strings for the purpose of giving forth reverberatory or sympathetic waves of sound, thus augmenting the general tone results of each unison." (Spillane, History, 256.)

In 1894 Hugo Sohmer took competitor Sebastian Sommer to court for stenciling the name "Sommer" on the fallboard of his pianos. Sohmer declared that "Sohmer" was a trademark used as an emblem to distinguish the piano from others, especially the Sommer piano which he considered inferior. The court in this equity case dismissed the case on the grounds that Sohmer had not proven damages accruing from the advertising and sale of the Sommer piano.

By 1907 Sohmer & Co. was producing 2,000 pianos per year. Additionally, with Farrand & Co. of Detroit, Sohmer was making the Sohmer Cecilian player piano. On June 8, 1913 Hugo Sohmer died in Scarsdale, N.Y.; 20 days later, Josef Kuder died as well. Hugo was survived by his wife, Elizabeth; a daughter, Adelaide S. Weber; and a son, Harry J. Sohmer, born in 1886. Company leadership was assumed by Harry J. Sohmer after Hugo's death.

During the 1920s Sohmer began a special department in its plant for the manufacture of period pianos. According to Harry Sohmer, the 1930s were difficult. He recalled that, once only one piano in 29 days was shipped. The number of American piano manufacturers dropped from 140 to 22 during this time. It was during this time that Harry's cousins, Frank and Paul Sohmer joined the company as consultants. However, through its pioneering efforts in the introduction of a console vertical piano known as a "Spinet," Sohmer revitalized the industry. (Taylor, "Piano Family.") This console vertical piano has been called "The Musicians' Console.

Primarily because of its concentration on the console vertical pianos Sohmer & Co. never cultivated famous performers in the way that Steinway and Baldwin did. While publicly acknowledging that it never entered into the competition for artistic endorsement (an acknowledgement which perhaps worked to its favor), Sohmer & Co. relied upon a most comprehensive and innovative advertising strategy stressing integrity, quality and craftsmanship in the pursuit of the ideal tone and touch.

In 1940 Harry incorporated the company as Sohmer & Co. and led it, with his sons Harry J. Sohmer, Jr., (born 1917) as production manager and Robert H. Sohmer (born 1920), as process engineer. By 1969 Harry Jr. was vice president in charge of production and Robert was production engineer/ treasurer. In 1971 Harry Sr. died and Harry Jr. became president.

In 1982 Pratt Read Corporation, a long established manufacturer of piano keyboards, acquired Sohmer & Co. for an undisclosed amount, and moved the operations to its Ivoryton, Connecticut factory, while retaining the Sohmer name. The Sohmer brothers retained their positions in the company. At the time of its purchase Sohmer & Co. employed 120 people, produced 2500 pianos yearly, and grossed $5 million in sales. Harry J. Sohmer, Jr., grandson of the founder, in expressing his feelings about the move and the Sohmer piano, compared his piano to old New York beers saying that "they were strictly New York products and in a way so were we." He concluded by saying, "We were always identified with this city. Sohmer was a New York piano." (Prial, "Sohmer Piano.")

By July 1983 under Pratt Read's management Sohmer was producing 6 pianos per day, only 50% of the expected capacity according to H.B. Comstock, president of Pratt Read. In 1986 the Ivoryton factory was sold to a group of investors organized as Sohmer Holding Co., who continued to make pianos there until a lack of skilled workers and financial losses forced its closing in December 1988. In an effort to fill the backlog of orders, Sohmer president Tom Bradshaw opened a new facility in Elysburg, Pennsylvania. A retail showroom was maintained in Ivoryton. In 1989, the Sohmer company was sold to the Falcone Custom Grand Piano Company of Haverhill, Massachusetts.

References

Cox, Erin. "Labor Woes a Main Factor in Sohmer Closing," The Pictorial Gazette West, 3 (December 8, 1988), 1, 22.

Dolge, Alfred. Piano and their Makers. 1911; rpt. New York: Dover Publications, 1973.

Loesser, Arthur. Men, Women and Pianos: A Social History. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1954.

Musical Merchandise Review. "Sohmer Pianos Underway at Conn. Pratt Read," July 1983, 91.

The Music Trades. "Pratt, Read Acquires Sohmer & Co. Piano Maker,"August 1982, 18.

Piano and Organ Purchaser's Guide, 1907, 1930. Prial, Frank J. "Sohmer Piano, and 110 Years of Craft, will leave Astoria," New York Times, August 13, 1982, B1, B4.

Purchaser's Guide to the Music Industries. 1956, New York: The Music Trades, 1956, 58 60.

Spillane, Daniel. History of the American Pianoforte: Its Technical Development, and the Trade. 1890; rpt. New York: Da Capo Press, 1969.

Taylor, Carol. "Piano Family Stays in Tune," New York World Telegram & Sun, August 15, 1958.
Materials in the Archives Center, National Museum of American History:
Pratt Read Corp. Records (AC0320)

Chickering & Sons Records (AC0264)

Steinway Piano Co. Collection (AC0178)
Provenance:
Collection donated by Pratt Read Corporation, August 11, 1989.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection is open for research.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Musical instrument manufacturing  Search this
Piano makers  Search this
advertising -- History  Search this
Keyboard instruments  Search this
Piano  Search this
advertising  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs -- 20th century
Sales catalogs
Photographic prints
Advertisements
Photographs -- 1850-1900
Scrapbooks
Clippings
Journals (accounts)
Ledgers (account books)
Citation:
Sohmer & Co. Records, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0349
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Sohmer & Co. Records
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep835d3556b-26b5-4ae0-90bc-8c018159dbb3
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0349
Online Media:

Poster of Representative Members of the Music Trade

Collection Author:
Falcone Custom Grand Pianos  Search this
Collection Donor:
Pratt, Read and Company  Search this
Collection Creator:
Sohmer & Company  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1894
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Sohmer & Co. Records, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Sohmer & Co. Records
Sohmer & Co. Records / Series 13: Miscellaneous
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep85d6a8191-6efd-406a-a2af-be1b7dc8e4c8
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0349-ref288

Piano Trade and Music Education, Supplement to The Music Trade Review, January 7, 1893

Collection Donor:
Nickse, Hugo  Search this
Johnson, Hanford  Search this
Steinway, Henry Ziegler  Search this
Collection Creator:
Comstock, Cheney and Co.  Search this
Pratt, Read and Company  Search this
Container:
Box 85, Folder 7
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Collection open for research on site by appointment. Unprotected photographs must be handled with gloves.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Pratt, Read Corporation Records, 1839-1990, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Pratt, Read Corporation Records
Pratt, Read Corporation Records / Series 3: Pratt, Read and Company, Pratt, Read and Company, Inc., and Pratt-Read Corporation / 3.14: Historical Background Information
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8c0f19860-4353-4e9e-89e6-e4e3dd569714
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0320-ref417

320/2/43 Aerial View of Factory, 1911 (Lithograph from The Music Trade Review)

Collection Donor:
Nickse, Hugo  Search this
Johnson, Hanford  Search this
Steinway, Henry Ziegler  Search this
Collection Creator:
Comstock, Cheney and Co.  Search this
Pratt, Read and Company  Search this
Container:
Map-folder 1
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Collection open for research on site by appointment. Unprotected photographs must be handled with gloves.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Pratt, Read Corporation Records, 1839-1990, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Pratt, Read Corporation Records
Pratt, Read Corporation Records / Series 2: Comstock, Cheney and Company / 2.11: Photoprints
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8d2682324-1b4b-4d65-85c9-dd688cfc27f6
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0320-ref199

Publicity and Advertising Scrapbooks

Collection Donor:
Nickse, Hugo  Search this
Johnson, Hanford  Search this
Steinway, Henry Ziegler  Search this
Collection Creator:
Comstock, Cheney and Co.  Search this
Pratt, Read and Company  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1902 - 1988
Scope and Contents:
The collection contains many ADVERTISING RECORDS. These materials document the company's efforts to keep its name and products prominently before its customers in the piano industry. The majority of these advertisements appeared in trade journals such as the Music Trade Review, Music Trades, the Piano Technician's Journal, and the Piano Trade Magazine. In addition to clipped out copies of Pratt, Read's advertisements, the PUBLICITY AND ADVERTISING SCRAPBOOKS, 1902-1988, contain news clippings about competing firms, developments in piano technology, articles about prominent individuals in the trade, and the activities of various organizations and associations, such as the Piano Tuners' Guild. Other clippings provide details on Pratt, Read's latest technological innovations and the company's efforts to promote the use of pianos in school music programs. The majority of these scrapbooks date from 1934-1935 and 1953-1988; they are arranged chronologically from the back of the book forward. Another scrapbook, dating from 1902-1985, contains miscellaneous news clippings and advertisements. Also included in this subseries are two publicity scrapbooks, 1952-1974, which contain news releases put out by Pratt, Read.
Collection Restrictions:
Collection open for research on site by appointment. Unprotected photographs must be handled with gloves.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Pratt, Read Corporation Records, 1839-1990, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0320, Subseries 3.4
See more items in:
Pratt, Read Corporation Records
Pratt, Read Corporation Records / Series 3: Pratt, Read and Company, Pratt, Read and Company, Inc., and Pratt-Read Corporation
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep81c2487be-4e29-44ed-9cf4-a2f87ea0d852
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0320-ref255

Proofs for Ads in German Music Trade Magazines, 1975 1976

Collection Donor:
Nickse, Hugo  Search this
Johnson, Hanford  Search this
Steinway, Henry Ziegler  Search this
Collection Creator:
Comstock, Cheney and Co.  Search this
Pratt, Read and Company  Search this
Container:
Box 16, Folder 2
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Collection open for research on site by appointment. Unprotected photographs must be handled with gloves.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Pratt, Read Corporation Records, 1839-1990, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Pratt, Read Corporation Records
Pratt, Read Corporation Records / Series 3: Pratt, Read and Company, Pratt, Read and Company, Inc., and Pratt-Read Corporation / 3.5: Advertising Records
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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"The House of Wurlitzer 1856-1906" Reprinted from The Music Trade,

Collection Creator:
Rudolph Wurlitzer Company  Search this
Container:
Box 76, Folder 1
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1906 December
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Wurlitzer Company Records, 1860-1984, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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Wurlitzer Company Records
Wurlitzer Company Records / Series 2: Publications / 2.2: General Publications and Articles Relating to Wurlitzer
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Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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