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Caring for Musical Boxes

American Institute for Conservation (AIC)
1717 K Street, NW, Suite 200
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 452-9328
FAX (202) 452-9328
E-mail: info@aic-faic.org
Provides referrals for conservation.

American Musical Instrument Society
1664 Corbin Avenue
Tarzana, CA 91356-1011
(818) 776-9446
FAX (310) 471-1278
Meetings; publications; etc.

Automated Musical Instrument Collectors Association International (AMICA)
c/o Membership Chairman: William Chapman
53685 Avenida Bermudas
La Quinta, CA 92253-3586
(760) 560-2951
E-mail: shazam@sonic.net
Publications; player pianos, organs and orchestrations, nickelodeons, and other musical automata; programs.

Bellm's Cars and Music of Yesterday
5500 North Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34243
(813) 355-6228
2000 examples of mechanical music spanning two centuries in their collection.

DeBence Antique Music World
1261 Liberty Street
Franklin, PA 16323
(814) 432-8350; (888) 547-2377
Nickelodeons, organs, and other interesting mechanical musical instruments.

Mangum's Musical Arcade
Box 362
Blackfoot, ID 83221
(208) 785-1838
Cylinder and disc music boxes and other mechanical instruments.

Miles Musical Museum
US Highway 62, PO Box 488
Eureka Springs, AR 72632
(501) 253-8961
Collection includes music boxes and other mechanical instruments.

Music Box Society International (MBSI)
Lockwood Mansion
295 West Avenue
Norwalk, CT 06854
Mailing address: 2 Kent Place Boulevard, Summit, NJ 07901
(908) 273-9504
Antique music boxes and other mechanical and automatic music instruments, inc. player pianos, orchestrations, band organs, barrel and paper roll organs, clocks and watches with music works, musical automatic dolls and displays, and birds and whistling figures; small library; publications.

The Music House
7377 US 31 North
Box 297
Acme, MI 49610
(616) 938-9300
Collection includes music boxes and other mechanical musical instruments.

The Musical Museum
South Main Street
Route 12-B
Deansboro, NY 13328
Conservation of musical instruments; wide variety of musical instruments in the collection; library; repair and restoration workshops; exhibits; publications.

Musical Wonder House
PO Box 604
18 High Street
Wicasset, ME 04578
(207) 882-7163
Collection includes music boxes, player and crank pianos and organs; library; educational programs; exhibits.

Olden Year Musical Museum
131 West Fairmeadows
Duncanville, TX 75116
(214) 298-5587
Music boxes and other mechanical instruments.

Ragtime and Automated Bands
4218 Jessup Road
Ceres, CA 95307
(209) 668-0366
FAX (209) 668-8922
Manufactures and repairs band organs, automated bands, player pianos and nickelodeons.

Shelburne Museum
US Route 3
Shelburne, VT 05482
Collection includes cylinder and disc music boxes, phonographs, minatures, automaton, small organ.

The Shrine to Music Museum
University of South Dakota
Clark & Yale Streets
414 East Clark Street
Vermillion, SD 57069-2390
(605) 677-5306
FAX (605) 677-5073
Wide variety of musical instruments in the collection; library; educational programs; repairs and restorations; exhibits.

Yale University Collection of Musical Instruments
15 Hillhouse Avenue
New Haven, CT 06520
(203) 432-0822
FAX (203) 432-8342
Collection includes mechanical instruments and a wide variety of other instruments; library; educational programs; exhibits.

Yesteryear Museum
Regina Place and Harriet Drive
Whippany, NJ 07981-1906
(201) 386-1920
Mechanical and automated music collection; edisonia; library and archives; educational programs; exhibits.

ADDITIONAL INTERNET SOURCES:

Automated Musical Instrument Collectors' Association
Resources for automatic musical instruments collectors.

C. Shannon and the Doe Crest Organs
Reference sorce for restoration materials for calliopes, antique organs, and mechanical music.

CIMCIM-L
Musical instrument curation, conservation, collections management, research and documentation.

Collector Online Club Directory
DIrectory of clubs related to antiques and collectibles.

Fair Organ Preservation
Promotion and preservation of Fair Organs and Mecanical Musical Instruments.

Mechanical Music Digest
Collection, operation and restoration of music boxes and other mechanical musical instruments.

Merry Music Box
Features new and antique music boxes and player pianos; restoration of antique musical boxes and spring-wound phonographs.

Musica Mecanica
Information on music boxes and other mechanical musical instruments.

Musical Instrument Conservation and Technology Distribution List (MICAT-L)
Conservation and technology of musical instruments.

References

American Association of Museums. The Official Museum Directory, (updated annually), R.R. Bowker Publishers.

Chapuis, Alfred. History of the musical box and of mechanical music, 1992.

CIMCIM. Recomendations for the Conservation of Musical Instruments: an Annotated Bibliography, CIMCIM Punlications No. 1, 1993,

Encyclopedia of Associations, (updated annually), Gale Research Inc. Publishers.

Encyclopedia of International Organizations, (updated annually), Gale Research Inc. Publishers.

Encyclopedia of Regional, State, and Local Organizations, (updated annually), Gale Research Inc. Publishers.

Karp, Cary, editor. The Conservation and Technology of Musical Instruments: A Bibliographic Supplement to Art and Archaeology Technical Abstracts, Volume 28, 1991, CA: Getty Conservation Institute.

National Trust for Historic Preservation. Landmark Yellow Pages: All the names, addresses, facts, and figures you need in preservation, Preservation Press, 1993, John Wiley & Sons Publishers.

Odell, J. Scott. "Musical Insturments," Caring for your collections, 1992, New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc.

Old-House Journal Restoration Directory, updated annually, Dovetale Publishers.

Ord-Hume, Arthur W.J.G. Restoring musical boxes, 1980, Boston/London: George Allen & Unwin.

Plowden, Anna, and Frances Halahan. Looking after antiques, 1988, New York: Harper & Row.

Standards in the Care of Musical Instruments, 1995, London: Museum & Galleries Commission.

Webb, Graham. The musical box handbook, 1984.

This list is not all-inclusive. You might also want to look in the local yellow pages of the phone book for repair and restoration places in your area. Another sources of information is your local library.

The Smithsonian Institution, Museum Conservation Institute (MCI), gives no endorsements for any products, materials or services mentioned in this pamphlet and is not responsible for problems from their use or misuse. MCI does not make any warranty, expressed or implied; does not assume any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information or process disclosed; nor represents that its use would not infringe privately owned rights. If any organizations or other pertinent information has been inadvertently excluded please contact MCI.

Compiled by: Ann N'Gadi
Created: September 1996
Updated: March 2004

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