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  • Creator Names Hammond Organ Company.
  • Title Hammond Organ Company records [manuscript], ca. 1928-1985.
  • Physical description
    • 65 linear ft. (65 boxes)
    • Oversize drawings.
    • Sound recordings.
  • Access and usage restrictions For listening purposes, it is necessary to use a copy, not the original (and to have a listening copy made if one is not available).
  • Collection summary
    • Corporate records related to Mr. Laurens Hammond (1895-1973) and the company he founded, which was known as the Hammond Clock Company (1928-1937), the Hammond Instrument Company (1937-1953), and finally the Hammond Organ Company (1953-1986). Correspondence, reports, minutes, manufacturing drawings, patents, budgets, and other operating records of the company that founded the industry of small electric organs and helped to popularize organ music for home and small institutional venues.
    • A large number of design and construction drawings are included in the collection.
  • Acquisition information Gift of The Marmon Group, Inc. (accession# 1986.0254).
  • Finding Aids Note Descriptive inventory available online for most of the collection. There are additional design drawings that are not processed yet.
  • Location of Other Archival Materials Note Related materials at Chicago History Museum, Research Center, include the Hammond Organ Company collection of visual materials (1986.0254), and numerous Hammond company publications. Some additional artifacts, including organs, are in the collection of the Chicago History Museum.
  • Names
    • Hammond Organ Company Archives.
    • Hammond, Laurens, 1895-1973.
    • Hammond Clock Co.
    • Hammond Instrument Company (Chicago, Ill.)
    • Hammond Corporation.
    • Hammond, Laurens, 1895-1973.
    • Hammond Clock Co.
    • Hammond Instrument Company (Chicago, Ill.)
  • Subjects
    • Families Illinois Evanston 20th century.
    • Furniture making Illinois Chicago 20th century.
    • Hammond organ.
    • Inventors Illinois Evanston 20th century.
    • Organ builders Illinois Chicago 20th century.
    • Organ music United States 20th century.
    • Organ (Musical instrument) Construction United States.
    • Organists Illinois Chicago 20th century.
  • Geographic coverage
    • Chicago (Ill.) Commerce 20th century.
    • Evanston (Ill.) Social conditions 20th century.
  • Genre
    • Audiocassettes. aat
    • Correspondence. aat
    • Design drawings. gmgpc
    • Minutes. aat
    • Photomechanical prints. gmgpc
    • Reports. aat
    • Sheet music. aat
  • Geographic name
    • United States Illinois Cook County Chicago.
    • United States Illinois Cook County Evanston.
  • Finding aid URL Finding aid available online http://chsmedia.org/media/fa/fa/M-H/HamOrg-inv.htm