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Universities With Mechanical Music Collections
By Paul Johnson

[ Ref. 190316 MMD, Steinway Duo-Art at University of Illinois 

Ann Donoghue asked if there were other universities with mechanical 
music instruments and collections.  I believe the University of North 
Texas may have a reproducing piano and roll collection.  They attended 
one of the Stanford "Reactions to the Record" conferences.

At the Global Roll Conference in Leipzig, there were a number of 
university librarians there interested in rolls.  I'm assuming that 
if they were in attendance, then they may have roll collections.

Is there an AMICA chapter near the University of Illinois campus who 
could swing by?  I'll actually be doing a session with a class there 
(via Skype) so maybe that will help.  At least it will help the 
students attending.

Catherine Hennesy Wolter has done a doctoral thesis at University of 
Illinois around the methods used for selling player pianos.  She will 
be presenting that topic soon to the Society of American Music 
conference.  She now teaches at UI.

That article really did get picked up quite a bit by different papers.  
It popped up quite a few times in my news feed: 

I noticed in one photo that there were I.D. labels put over the 
original Duo-Art roll labels.  Hopefully they can start putting them
in less harmful places, like the box bottom.

Paul Johnson

 [   University of North Texas - Joe M. Morris Piano Roll Collection, 
 [   1902-2006.  The collection consists of 5431 piano rolls ...
 [   University of Southern California - Richard Simonton collection
 [   of Welte system-recorded piano rolls.
 [   University of Illinois - MPAL's Steinway Duo-Art Reproducing Piano
 [ -- Robbie

(Message sent Tue 19 Mar 2019, 21:59:28 GMT, from time zone GMT-0700.)

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