Archival Research Collections at the University of Oklahoma

American Theatre Organ Society Buttons and Nameplates Edit




  • 1978-1989 (Creation)
  • 1980 (Creation)


  • 0.50 cubic feet (Whole)



  • Language of Materials


  • Administrative History:

    The American Theatre Organ Society (ATOS), originally established as the American Theatre Organ Enthusiasts in 1955, set about to preserve the tradition of the theatre organ and continues to do so today by hosting annual conventions and sharing information about theatre organs.

  • Arrangement of Materials:

    These items came together in a box in no apparent order. They have been arranged according to type (buttons, nameplates, others). Items with the most evident connection to ATOS or one of its chapters have been placed earlier. They are arranged chronologically when possible. Each item has been labeled and placed in a small tray within the boxes to maintain order.

  • Scope and Contents

    This collection documents American Theatre Organ Society events and several major organ companies in small artifacts. The majority of the items in this collection are buttons relating to ATOS regional conventions and performances. Other refer to various chapters of the society, including the Atlanta, Alabama, Young Theatre Organ Enthusiasts, and Rocky Mountain Regional chapters. Some nameplates related to major organ companies (Æolian, WurliTzer, and Robert Morton Organ Co.) are included. The items with dates range from 1978-1989. With little accompanying contextualizing information, the significance of some of these items is not immediately apparent.