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Tom B'hend and Preston Kaufmann Photograph Collection

Identifier: AOIAL-ATOC-RG0020
This is an expansive collection of photographs and negatives most of which are of organs, personalities, and associations related to the theatre organ. Particularly strong areas are the Organ sub-series of Wurlitzer photographs, and the Personalities sub-series of Gaylord Carter, Lyn Larsen, and Ann Leaf.


  • 1960-1993

Language of Materials



4.00 cubic feet

Administrative History:

Tom B'hend and Preston Kaufmann were both active members of the Theatre Organ community during their lifetimes. Their publishing partnership – Showcase Productions – produced both Kaufmann's Fox, the Last Word... and the third volume of The Encyclopedia of the American Theatre Organ. Partners in life and in business, their research work over time resulted in the creation of the B'hend & Kaufmann Archives, containing thousands of photographs, negatives, and pieces of ephemera related to theatres, film, and theatre organs.

Arrangement of Materials:

The collection is organized into four distinct series: Organs, Personalitites, Associations, and Miscellaneous

Custodial History:

This collection was donated by the Preston Kaufmann Trust to the American Theatre Organ Society (ATOS). It was then donated to the American Organ Institute in 2012 as part of the larger ATOS donation.

Related Materials:

After Preston Kaufmann's death, the B'hend & Kaufmann Archives were distributed across three institutions based on the relevancy of the materials to each institutions collecting mission: The American Theater Organ Society, The Margaret Herrick Library, and the Organ Historical Society.

Information about related materials is available at

Processing Information:

Original filing order was maintained.
Guide to the Tom B'hend and Preston Kaufmann Photograph Collection
Finding Aid Authors: Bailey Hoffner.
Language of description
The collection description/finding aid is written in English

Revision Statements

  • June 15th, 2017: Parts of this collection were originally listed as the James A. Person Collection. Person facilitated the donation, and thus his name was inaccurately applied to the materials. As additional materials were identified, they were added as new series and subseries.

Repository Details

Part of the The American Organ Institute Archives and Library Repository

2101 W. Tecumseh Rd
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Norman Oklahoma 73069 United States