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David Junchen Papers

Identifier: AOIAL-ATOC-RG0005
The collection consists of David Junchen’s Papers and Photographs from 1908-2005. Much of the collection documents Junchen’s career as a theatre pipe organ builder, businessman, and author. The bulk of the collection is comprised of manuscripts, printed material, correspondence, blueprints, and photographs relevant to Junchen’s pipe organ business. However, the collection also includes drafts of the third volume of his Encylopedia of the American Theatre Organ and The Wurlitzer Pipe Organ: An Illustrated History.  While Junchen’s business records offer a considerable amount of information about his business relations with organ builders, residences, and organizations he worked with, there are not any documents about his personal life in the collection.


  • circa 1908-2005
  • Majority of material found in 1971-1986

Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Access:

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use:

Any use of archival materials outside of the scope of education and/or research must be approved by the American Organ Institute Archives and Library staff and may be subject to copyright.


14.00 cubic feet

Administrative History:

David Junchen was born in 1946.  After graduating from the University of Illinois with a BSEE degree in 1968, Junchen decided to pursue the organ business full-time.  Over the course of his career, Junchen installed many organs at both residences and institutions. While he specialized in the design, consultation, voicing, and tonal finishing of both theatre and classic pipe organs, he was particularly known for his work with theatre pipe organs.  He came to be recognized as the authority on theatre pipe organ design, construction, voicing, and history. With his technical knowledge of electronics, Junchen pioneered the use of solid state relays for pipe organs.  In addition to writing the instruction manual for the first commercially available system of solid state relays for pipe organs, Junchen wrote extensively on the American theatre organ in two volumes of the Encylopedia of the American Theatre Organ, The Wurlitzer Pipe Organ: An Illustrated History, and the posthumous, third volume of the Encyclopedia of the American Theatre Organ.  Junchen also constributed to the Encylopedia of Automatic Musical Instruments and authored numerous publications for magazines such as The Console and Theatre Organ.  He was a member of the American Institute of Organ Builders and was listed in several editions of  "Who's Who." In 1992, David Junchen passed away.  His legacy continues to contribute to theatre pipe organ scholarship.

Arrangement of Materials:

All of the collection - except for those items belonging to the 'Office Files' group - is arranged alphabetically and then chronologically by folder title.  'Office Files' are arranged numerically and then chronologically.  Exceptions have also been made for materials that require separate housing (oversized, ephemera, etc.).

Acquisition Information:

Guide to the David Junchen Papers
Finding Aid Authors: Michelle Merriman.
Language of description
The collection description/finding aid is written in English

Repository Details

Part of the The American Organ Institute Archives and Library Repository

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