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Recent Acquisitions
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July 1, 2010—June 30, 2011

Bowed Stringed Instruments
Brass Instruments
Free Reed Instruments
Keyboard Instruments
Percussion Instruments
Plucked Stringed Instruments
Woodwind Instruments
Archival and Research Collections


Bowed Stringed Instruments

NMM 14522. Violin by Kurt Lothar Meisel, Owatonna, Minnesota, 1992. Stradivari model. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Meisel, Columbia, South Carolina.

NMM 14523. Violin by Kurt Lothar Meisel, Owatonna, Minnesota, 1991. Guarneri model. Gift of Neal and Karin Meisel Steffenson, Owatonna.

NMM 14524. Violin (3/4 size) by Kurt Oswald Meisel, Klingenthal, 1928. Given in loving memory of Kurt Oswald Meisel (1903-1995) by Lothar Meisel, Owatonna.

NMM 14528. Viola alta by Georg Winterling, Hamburg, 1882. This large viola is of a type publicly introduced in 1876 by the violist Hermann Ritter as an attempt to create an alto-ranged bowed instrument with the volume and brilliance of a violin. Ritter and his students performed in Wagner's Bayreuth orchestra on violas alta, which were also treated as musical instruments distinct from standard violas by several German composers. Purchase funds gift of Kevin Schieffer, Sioux Falls, 2011, in recognition and honor of the tireless lifetime commitment of André P. Larson, Founding Director (1973-2011) of the National Music Museum, who transformed an important family collection into a pre-eminent international institution.

NMM 14529. Viola by Nicholas Sulot, Dijon, ca. 1829. Sulot patented the design of this viola, with a carved, undulating front and back, in 1829. The purpose of the modification was to create an instrument with a small body size while preserving the surface area of a larger viola. Sulot's patent proposed the design was applicable to violin-family instruments, guitars, and even recorders. Purchase funds gift of Kevin Schieffer, Sioux Falls, 2011, in recognition and honor of the tireless lifetime commitment of André P. Larson, Founding Director (1973-2011) of the National Music Museum, who transformed an important family collection into a pre-eminent international institution.

NMM 14530. Violin by Chanot and Lété, Paris, ca. 1819. Ergonomic variant of Chanot model. Purchase funds gift of Marifran Wohlenberg, Yankton, South Dakota.

NMM 14531. Violin by Jackson-Guldan Violin Company, Columbus, Ohio, ca. 1920-1923. Manufactured for Slingerland's Correspondence School of Music, Chicago. "Antonious Stradivarious Cremona Violin" model. Gift of Lynn Wheelwright, Clearfield, Utah.

NMM 14532. Violin, 1/4-size, by Scherl & Roth, Mittenwald, Bavaria, 1959. E. R. Pfretzschner Stradivari model 1211-1/4. Sold as part of violin outfit #301. Gift of Susan Konn McCormick, Winter Park, Florida.

NMM 14533. Violin bow, 1/4-size, probably by Scherl & Roth, Mittenwald, ca. 1961. Model C 215-1/4, sold with violin outfit #301. gift of Susan Konn McCormick.

NMM 14537. Violin, Markneukirchen, Saxony, Germany, or Schönbach, Egerland, Austria-Hungary, ca. 1870-1910. Ex coll.: Stanley Newton, Ottumwa, Iowa. Arne B. Larson Estate, 1988.

NMM 14538. Violin, Markneukirchen, Saxony, Germany, or Schönbach, Egerland, Austria-Hungary, ca. 1870-1910. Stradivari model. Arne B. Larson Estate, 1988.

NMM 14560. Viola, The King Henry II, by Andrea Amati, ca. 1536-1559. The sides of this viola bear the motto DONEC TOTUM IMPLEAT ORBEM ("Until he fill the world"), adopted by Henry II of France upon becoming Dauphin, or heir to the French throne, in 1536, and used until his death in 1559. The double archery bows with broken strings and the triple interlocking crescents, painted on the sides, are personal symbols of both Henry II and his mistress Diane de Poitiers. The back and sides of this viola represent the earliest documented, surviving example of a violin-family instrument. Ex colls.: Willis Gault, Washington, D. C.; Virginia Bishop, Maryland. Purchase funds gift of Kevin Schieffer, Sioux Falls, 2011, in recognition and honor of the tireless lifetime commitment of André P. Larson, Founding Director (1973-2011) of the National Music Museum, who transformed an important family collection into a pre-eminent international institution.


Brass Instruments

Marcia Evelyn Kamrath holds NMM 14486. Double-bell euphonium by C. G. Conn, Elkhart, Indiana, ca. 1901.
Leith Concert Band, 1937

NMM 14486. Double-bell euphonium in B-flat (HP) by C. G. Conn, Elkhart, Indiana, ca. 1901. Serial no. 71652. Wonder American model. Satin-silver plated. Stamped on bell:  Exchanged for / New Buescher / Elkhart, Ind. / 8947. Played by Marcia Evelyn Kamrath in the Leith, North Dakota, Concert Band, in 1937 (Kamrath appears in back row, 5th from left). Gift of Edwin R. Johnson family, Bismarck, North Dakota, in memory of their wife and mother, Marcia Evelyn (nee Kamrath) Johnson (1921–2009).



Vuvuzela, view 1
Vuvuzela, view 1

NMM 14509. Vuvuzela attributed to Masincedane Sports, Capetown, South Africa, 2010. Green molded plastic covered with thin sheet of plastic featuring the colors of the South African flag. Popularized as a noise maker during the World Cup Soccer championships held in South Africa during the summer of 2010. Gift of Brad Randall, Sioux Falls, South Dakota.


NMM 14487. Euphonium in B-flat by Frank Holton & Co., Elkhorn, Wisconsin, ca. 1919. Serial no. 47675. Long Mammoth American Model 83. Satin-silver plated with gold-plated bell interior. Arne B. Larson Estate.

NMM 14488. Baritone horn in B-flat (LP) by V. F. Cervený & Fils, Koeniggrats, Bohemia, ca. 1903-1905. Distributed by Louis Vitak, Chicago. Serial no. 19614. Silver-plated. Three rotary valves. Gift of Rolf Olson, Vermillion.

NMM 14497. Cornet in B-flat by C. G. Conn, Elkhart, ca. 1880. Serial no. 1515. Superior Class Besson model. Satin- silver plated. Gift of Richard D. Skrukrud, Wausau, Wisconsin.

NMM 14515. Cornet in B-flat/A by C. G. Conn Manufacturing Company, [Elkhart] and Worcester, Massachusetts, ca. 1887. Serial no. 12293. Wonder model. Satin-silver plated. This cornet is notable for its unusual signature, which lacks any reference to Conn's Elkhart factory. Board of Trustees.

NMM 14536. Double-bell euphonium in B-flat by Buescher Band Instrument Co., Elkhart, Indiana, 1921-1922. Serial no. 85104. True-Tone model No. 44, five-valve, double-bell baritone. Silver plated, burnished; gold-plated bell interior. Gift of William B. Saxbe Jr., Williamstown, Massachusetts.

NMM 14541. Cornet in B-flat/A (HP/LP) by C. G. Conn, Elkhart, ca. 1909-1910. Serial no. 111255. Perfected Wonderphone Solo model, small bore. Satin-silver plated; gold-plated, burnished bell interior. Gift of Walt Evanowicz, Yardley, Pennsylvania.

NMM 14542. Alto horn in E-flat (HP/LP) with C crook by C. G. Conn, Elkhart, ca. 1913-1914. Serial no. 130,697. New Invention French horn model alto. Satin-silver plated. Gift of Walt Evanowicz.

NMM 14561. Tenor slide trombone in B-flat (HP/LP) by Buescher Band Instrument Co., Elkhart, ca. 1908. Serial no. 7990. True-Tone model No. 32. Satin-silver plated; gold-plated, burnished bell interior. Gift of Douglas Cheever, Dubuque, Iowa, in memory of Kathryn Rose Webster, Mitchell, South Dakota.

NMM 14562. Cornet in B-flat (HP/LP) by Frank Holton & Company, Elkhorn, Wisconsin and Chicago, Illinois, September 11, 1918. Serial no. 54067. Holton-Clarke model. Satin-silver plated; gold-plated, burnished bell interior. Gift of Geraldine J. Day, Sioux City, Iowa.

NMM 14563. Tuba in CC by C. G. Conn, Elkhart, ca. 1908-1909. No serial number. Custom-made for Frederick ("Fritz" or Fred) Geib (1871-1950), who played it for recordings made with Victor Herbert's Orchestra, ca. 1909-1910. Satin-silver plated. Four string-action rotary valves. Gift of Oliver S. Saffir, Palo Alto, California.


Free Reed Instruments

NMM 14511. Mouth organ (khene, khaen, khen), Ban Hoi Sai people, Ban Hoi Sai, Laos, 1962. Collected from a local musician in 1962, while the donor and his wife worked at a hospital in Ban Hoi Sai (on the edge of the Mekong River), during the midst of a Laotian civil war. Sent to Laos and India by the Thomas A. Dooley Foundation, the donor and his wife worked at one of three jungle hospitals established in Laos by Dr. Tom Dooley during the 1950s. When asked about his experience, the donor responded, "Needless to say, besides the work, there was little to entertain us except local celebrations. The Khene and other instruments were used and we often danced the Lam Vang, called the Minuet of Asia, moving in double lines with a partner and moving the ams and hands with outstretched and bent fingers." Those who played the Khene, he recalled, "often stood slightly bent over and swayed back and forth as they played. There are, of course, many tales to tell from those months in the jungle with war all around us and managing a hospital with water from the Mekong, generator electricity and a stream of patients with illnesses from the 15th century." Gift of Peter J. Purdy, New York City.


Keyboard Instruments

NMM 14517. Melodeon by George A. Prince & Co., Buffalo, New York, ca. 1865-1870. Serial no. 35,808. Five octaves, FF to f3. Two pedals (bellows and swell). Case veneered in rosewood. Gift of Carolyn and James Johnson, Vermilllion.


Percussion Instruments

NMM 14512. Toy chimes attributed to U.S.A., ca. 1950-1970. Tubephone style. Fifteen chimes. Anonymous gift.


Plucked Stringed Instruments

Peghead Front view of bass guitar Treble side view of bass guitar Back view of bass guitar Front of body

NMM 14498. Electric bass guitar by Semie Moseley and Robert Venn, Bakersfield, California, 1968. Custom-made for Jody Cross and nicknamed "Jody's Getolet." Stamped on potentiometers: 1346823 BA811-4793 [23rd week in 1968]. André P. and Kay Marcum Larson Acquisitions Fund.


Body of guitar Michael Jackson's autograph

NMM 14500. Electric guitar probably manufactured in Korea or China for Indiana Guitar Company, a division of SHS International, Indianapolis, Indiana, ca. 2008. No serial number. IE1-BK Indiana Electric; Stratocaster model. Signed by Michael Jackson (1958-2009), for a professional autograph collector, at a children’s bookstore on Robinson Drive in Beverly Hills / Santa Monica, about one year before Jackson died. André P. and Kay Marcum Larson Acquisitions Fund.


Portrait of guitar Detail of guitar's body

NMM 14501. Electric guitar by Ovation Instruments Inc., New Hartford, Connecticut, 1976. Viper model. Ex coll.: Neil Diamond. André P. and Kay Marcum Larson Acquisitions Fund.


Lorraine Steiner poses with her scheitholt-in-a-box

NMM 14516. Scheitholt-in-a-box by E. Beckwith, [Rochester, NY?], ca. 1850. Columbia Harp Improved model. Six strings. Grain-painted, footed box with lid. Stenciled ornamentation includes two lions, an eagle, a lyre, flowers and leaves. Gift of Lorraine Steiner, Richmond, Virginia.

Lit.:  Ralph Lee Smith, Appalachian Dulcimer Traditions, American Folk Music and Folk Musicians, No. 2 (Lanham, Maryland: The Scarecrow Press, Inc., 1997): 20-21.


NMM 14489. Guitar attributed to Markneukirchen, Saxony, ca. 1850-1910. Lacote style. Arne B. Larson Estate.

NMM 14490. Guitar attributed to Markneukirchen, ca. 1840-1910. Martin & Coupa style. Arne B. Larson Estate.

NMM 14492. Tenor resonator banjo by Bacon, Groton, Connecticut, 1922. The Blue Ribbon model. Serial no. A 7247 X. Gift of Patty Looman, Star City, West Virginia.

NMM 14493. Five-string resonator banjo by Fred Gretsch Manufacturing Co., Brooklyn, NY, ca. 1940. Bacon & Day Serial no. 24987. Silver Bell Serenader model. Gift of Patty Looman.

NMM 14494. Mandolin by Gibson, Inc., Kalamazoo, Michigan, 1964 or 1968. Serial no. 507973. Factory order no. 21 302. Model A-40N. Gift of Patty Looman.

NMM 14495. Long-necked lute (brac, basprim, tamburitza, or tamburica), Croatia or U.S.A., ca. 1900-1940. Farkaš system. Tear-drop-shaped. Written in pencil on inside of back under soundhole:  Ivan / Spehnjak / Fairmont / Wva / Feb. 1947. Gift of Patty Looman.

NMM 14496. Pianoette (zither with spring-mounted chord thumper bars and melody strings) by Oscar Schmidt, Jersey City, New Jersey, ca. 1915-1917. Special Panama Model 1915. Gift of Patty Looman.

NMM 14499. Banjo-ukulele (ukulele-banjo, banjo-uke, banjulele, banjolele) by Fred Gretsch Manufacturing Co., Brooklyn, NY, ca. 1925-1940. Clarophone model. Gift of Jim Culp, Silver Spring, Maryland.

NMM 14503. Jarana primera by Carlos Escribano, San Andres Tuxtla, Veracruz, Mexico, 2004. André P. and Kay Marcum Larson Acquisitions Fund.

NMM 14510. Resonator guitar by National Stringed Instrument Corporation, Chicago, 1937. Serial no. A3325. Style 1 (1-1/2) triplate tricone. Gift of Clair Fagerhaug, Irene, South Dakota.

NMM 14518. Uke-a-doodle by Mattel, Inc., Los Angeles, ca. 1947-1950. Gift of Geoffrey Rezek, Darien, Connecticut.

NMM 14519. Baritone ukulele by French American Reeds Manufacturing Company (Maccaferri), New York City, ca. 1954-1965. T.V. Pal model. Gift of Geoffrey Rezek.

NMM 14520. Chromatic harp by Pleyel, Wolff, Lyon & Cie., Paris, ca. 1910. Serial number 625. Gift of Peter Reis, Harps Unlimited International, Burlington, Connecticut.

NMM 14525. Guitar by Kay, Chicago, late 1930s. K-20 Mahogany Archtop model. Gift of Clair Fagerhaug, Irene, South Dakota.

NMM 14526. Guitar by Lyon & Healy, Chicago, ca. 1905-1915. Washburn No. 435 Auditorium model. Formerly played by American folk musician, Hedy West. Gift of Tai West, Eugene, Oregon.

NMM 14557. Resonator banjo by Samick Musical Instruments Co., Incheon, Korea, 1975. Distributed by International Music Corporation, Fort Worth, Texas. Hondo II HB75A model. Five strings. Arne B. Larson Estate.

NMM 14558. Sitar, India, ca. 1960-1990. Ravi Shankar style / Kharaj Pancham. Gift of Heena Visavadi, Leicester, England.


Woodwind Instruments

Portrait of Louis Lot flute Signature on Louis Lot flute

NMM 14491. Transverse flute in C by Louis Lot (1807-1896) workshop (during E. Barat's ownership), Paris, 1898. Serial no. 6412. Model 5 silver cylinder flute with C foot. Stamped on head:  L. L. / LOUIS LOT / PARIS / 6412 / BREVETÉ. Stamped on body, below socket:  L. L. / LOUIS LOT / PARIS / BREVETÉ. Silver head joint, body, and foot joint (all joints bearing hallmarks). Seamed tubing. Boehm system with closed G-sharp key and six open finger holes. Played by Victor T. Piltch, Jr., in several studio orchestras in the Los Angeles area, in chamber music groups, recitals, the UCLA orchestra, as well as with the UCLA band at the 1952 Rose Parade in Pasadena, California. Gift of Edith C. Piltch, Novato, California, in memory of her husband Victor T. Piltch, Jr. (1930-1994).


NMM 14507.  Clarinet in A by C. G. Conn, Elkhart, ca. 1890. NMM 14508.  Clarinet in B-flat by C. G. Conn, Elkhart, ca. 1895.

NMM 14507. Clarinet in A (left) by C. G. Conn, Elkhart, Indiana, ca. 1890. Serial no. 354. Conn Metal Wonder model. Double-wall, silver-plated body and ferrules; gold-plated keys and rings. Albert system with 13 keys. Originally owned and played by donor's grandfather, George C. Schmidt (6 September 1888-1946). Gift of Dorothy Lynde, Belmont, Massachusetts.

NMM 14508. Clarinet in B-flat (right) by C. G. Conn, Elkhart, ca. 1895. Serial no. 1888. Conn Metal Wonder model. Double-wall, nickel-silver body, keys, rings, and ferrules. Albert system with 13 keys. Originally owned and played by donor's grandfather, George C. Schmidt (6 September 1888-1946). Gift of Dorothy Lynde.


NMM 14502. Piccolo in C (LP) by G. H. Hüller, Schöneck, Germany, ca. 1915. Melodia brand. Wood body, ebonite headjoint, six nickel-silver keys. Gift of J. D. and H. D. Parr, Highlands Ranch, Colorado.

NMM 14504. Clarinet in B-flat by "Charles F. Triebert" (likely a trade name used by Couesnon), Paris, 1929. No serial number. Master model deluxe. Silver-plated, double-wall construction (except for bell). Boehm system. Seventeen silver-plated keys. Arne B. Larson Estate.

NMM 14505. Composite clarinet in B-flat (LP). Barrel and top joint by C. G. Conn, Elkhart, Indiana, ca. 1913. Serial number 24260. Ebonite. Bottom joint and bell by Triebert, Paris, ca. 1913. Grenadilla. Albert system with 13 nickel-silver keys. Arne B. Larson Estate.

NMM 14506. Clarinet in B-flat (LP) by Triebert (under Couesnon ownership), Paris, ca. 1914. No serial number. Grenadilla. Albert system with 13 nickel-silver keys. Arne B. Larson Estate.

NMM 14513. Flute in C (HP) by Alfred G. Badger, New York City, ca. 1880. No serial number. Based on Badger's 1867 "Improved Metallic Cylinder Boehm Flute." Silver-plated with two headjoints, one silver-plated and one of ebonite. Boehm system. André P. and Kay Marcum Larson Acquisitions Fund.

NMM 14514. Clarinet in B-flat (HP) by Triebert (under Couesnon ownership), Paris, ca. 1905. No serial number. Grenadilla. Albert system with 12 nickel-silver keys. Played by donor's father, Walter Rank (June 1894-March 1930), while attending grade school in Alameda, California, before W.W. I. Gift of Betty Jane Rank, Walnut Creek, California.

NMM 14521. Clarinet in E-flat by Harry Bettoney, Boston, ca. 1925. Serial no. S4186. Silva-Bet model. Silver-plated. Boehm system. Gift of Deane Johnson, Park Rapids, Minnesota.

NMM 14527. Clarinet in E-flat by G. Leblanc Corp., La Couture-Boussey (Paris), ca. 1965-1968. Serial no. 31488. Noblet 40 Eb "Superieur" model. Grenadilla. Boehm system. Originally purchased by Arne B. Larson, Vermillion. Gift of André P. Larson, Vermillion.

NMM 14534. Flute in C by Conn Ltd., Elkhart, 1959. Serial no. 799393. Director model 14-O. Silver-plated. Boehm system, closed hole. Gift of Susan Konn McCormick, Winter Park, Florida.

Lit.:  ConnChord, 4, No. 1 (January 1961), front cover features donor posing with this flute.

NMM 14535. Piccolo in C by Wurlitzer, Elkhart, ca. 1964. Serial no. 191536. Silver-plated. Boehm system, closed hole. Gift of Susan Konn McCormick.

NMM 14539. Clarinet in B-flat by Buffet Crampon & Cie., Paris, 1964-1966. Serial no. 87144. Model R 14-1/2 (Buffet Master Matched Clarinet Set). Grenadilla. Boehm system. Gift of André P. Larson, Vermillion.

NMM 14539. Clarinet in A by Buffet Crampon & Cie., Paris, 1964-1966. Serial no. 87152. Model R 14-1/2 (Buffet Master Matched Clarinet Set). Grenadilla. Boehm system. Gift of André P. Larson, Vermillion.


Archival and Research Collections

Acquisitions Made Between July 1, 2010—June 30, 2011

  • A-54. Seriolithograph, "It's Poppin' Baby, Can You Feel It?" by Glenn Marcus, 2007. Gift of Geoffrey Rezek, Darien, Connecticut.

  • A-55. Seriolithograph, "In the Mood," by Jean-claude Pico, 2004. No. 422 of 450. Gift of Geoffrey Rezek.

  • A-56. Sericel, "Tra La La," depicting "The Banana Splits," designed by Jerry Eisenberg and produced by Hanna-Barbera, 1996. Limited edition of 2,500. Gift of Geoffrey Rezek.

  • M-541. Electric notograph by Fred Kohlman, Galena, Illinois, ca. 1949. Invented and designed by Margaret H. Weber, ca. 1948-1949, as a visual aid for elementary school music classes. Gift of Margaret H. Weber, Muscatine, Iowa.

  • PO-934. Poster, "Seussical the Musical," ca. 2001. Autographed by the Broadway cast. Gift of Geoffrey Rezek, Darien, Connecticut.

  • Books and periodicals from the following donors:  Geoffrey Allison (Ocean Shores, Washington); Margaret Downie Banks (Vermillion); Dale and Barbara Clement (Rapid City, South Dakota); Cheryl A. Crandell (South Sioux City, Nebraska); John Koster (Vermillion); from the Library of Harry Higbee Smith, by Susan May Smith Taylor Lyman (Vermillion); from the Library of John and Evelyn Monson (Lennox, South Dakota) by Kendall J. Monson (Beresford, South Dakota); North American Saxophone Alliance (Naperville, Illinois); Duane A. Olson (Rockwell City, Iowa); Geoffrey Rezek (Darien, Connecticut); Michael Suing (Brighton, Massachusetts); and, Cora Witten, Boquete, Panama.

  • Music from the following donors:  from the libraries of Mrs. Laura Von Broich Evers and Elsie Evers, by June D. Benson (Willmar, Minnesota); from the Library of Clara Michels (Vermillion) by Ann Clark (Alexandria, Virginia); Dale and Barbara Clement (Rapid City, South Dakota); Cheryl A. Crandell (South Sioux City, Nebraska); from the Estates of Esther Bender Weber and Edith Bender Horton (Lincoln, Nebraska) by Rosemarie D. Curtis (Camarillo, California); John L. Duffy (Walker, Iowa); Marjorie Goldman (Sherman Oaks, California); Ron Johnson (Centerville, South Dakota); John Koster (Vermillion); from the Library of Harry Higbee Smith, by Susan May Smith Taylor Lyman (Vermillion); from the Library of John and Evelyn Monson (Lennox, South Dakota) by Kendall J. Monson (Beresford, South Dakota); Eric Mosterd (Vermillion); and, the Smith-Zimmermann State Museum (Madison, South Dakota).

  • Sound Recordings and Films: Margaret Downie Banks (Vermillion); John L. Duffy (Walker, Iowa); Geoffrey Rezek (Darien, Connecticut); and, Douglas Yeo (Lexington, Massachusetts).

Access to the NMM's Archival and Research Collections is available by appointment. For further information, consult the NMM's Guidelines for Access to the Sally Fantle Archival Research Center.

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