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July 9th, 2018

Updates from the Archives & Library

Bailey Hoffner – Curator & Archivist

The Wurlitzer at the Old Town Music Hall in El Segundo, CA.
The Wurlitzer at the Old Town Music Hall in El Segundo, CA.

This month I had the pleasure of traveling to the American Theatre Organ Society's Annual Convention in Pasadena, California. It was an exciting trip with opportunities to see and hear some wonderful instruments.

I can't help but believe that if everyone had the chance to sit in a theatre like the one at the Old Town Music Hall in El Segundo, the world would have a lot more theatre organ enthusiasts and certainly a better understanding of the inner-workings of pipe organs. Watching the flourescent paint dance around each time the swell shades opened, each time a note on the marimba was struck – it was so much fun and only added to the wonderful playing by Jelani Eddington.

In addition to the convention, this month also marked the completion of Phase I of the Theatre Organ Digitization Project with the launch of the digital Theatre Organ Archives. Phase I included planning for digital storage and redundancy, workflow creation, database development, and uploading of the first few issues of the journal.

During Phase II, work will continue to ensure full searchability of the database by September of 2018, complete digitization and accessibility of all archival issues by June of 2019, and the implementation of a vanity URL.

Lots of funs, lots of progress, and lots of work ahead to save the history of these incredible instruments.