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Wurlitzer Archives Finding Aid
By Matthew Caulfield

I received from the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of
American History a 100-page index in PDF format of the contents
of the Wurlitzer Archives that are now on deposit in the museum's
Archives Center.

This index was prepared by the staff of the Northern Illinois Regional
History Center, DeKalb, Illinois, where the Wurlitzer Archives were
originally deposited on March 12, 1984.  On November 11, 1992, after
microfilming the contents, the center turned most of the material over
to the Smithsonian Institution for permanent retention.

The center, a part of Northern Illinois University, has posted on the
university's web site a PDF file listing the reels of microfilm plus
some photographic materials which it retained, as well as six Wurlitzer
ledgers that were donated to it after the bulk of the archives was sent
to the Smithsonian Institution.  That index can be seen at

In the course of administering the Wurlitzer Archives at the
Smithsonian, its Archives Center has made some slight rearrangement
of the material received and, while still using the basic typewritten
100-page index prepared at DeKalb, the Archives Center librarians have
made hand-written annotations to it, which are shown in the copy sent
to me.

Knowing what Wurlitzer company information survives today might be of
interest to MMDigest readers, particularly to one contemplating a trip
to Washington, D.C., to consult the archives.  So I have prevailed on
Robbie to post the Smithsonian's copy of the Wurlitzer index to the
MMD Archives:

I don't know what access is offered to the microfilms at DeKalb, or
to the material it has that was not turned over to the Smithsonian,
but I do know that access to the Smithsonian's original copies is only
by personal visit to the Archives Center on the Mall.

Matthew Caulfield
Irondequoit, New York

(Message sent Sat 3 May 2008, 23:29:20 GMT, from time zone GMT-0400.)

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