Archival Research Collections at the University of Oklahoma

Beaudry, Ralph Collection Edit




  • 1924-2001 (Creation)
  • 1970-2001 (Creation)


  • 1.50 cubic feet (Whole)



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  • Administrative History:

    Ralph Orton Beaudry (1925-2008) was a theatre organ enthusiast in Southern California. He served as Treasurer and later became President of the Los Angeles Theatre Organ Society, formed in 1956 as a chapter of the American Theatre Organ Society (originally named the American Theatre Organ Enthusiasts). The organization has hosted many prominent organists, including Gordon Kibbee, Eddie Dunstedter, and Jesse Crawford, and continues to play a part in the promotion and preservation of the theatre pipe organ and support of historic theaters.

    As LATOS President, Beaudry correspondended and collaborated with many historic theatres and film organizations in the promotion of the theatre organ and took on an administrative role in the installation of several theatre organs in venues throughout the Los Angeles area.

  • Conditions Governing Use:

    Any use of archival materials outside of the scope of education and/or research must be approved by the AOIAL staff and may be subject to copyright law.

  • Conditions Governing Access:

    The collection is open for research use.

  • Scope and Contents

    This collection is comprised of the personal collection of Ralph Beaudry, former President of the Los Angeles Theatre Organ Society (LATOS). The materials present a glimpse into the vibrant theatre organ culture in the Los Angeles, California, area during the last half of the 20th century, including 40 years of newspaper clippings pertaining to historic theatres and organs, event invitations, promotional materials, organ specifications, film calendars, concert flyers, and correspondence.

    The papers also include administrative and legal materials pertaining to the installation of theatre organs at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, Pasadena City College, San Gabriel Civic Auditorium, and the Wiltern Theatre in collaboration with the Los Angeles Theatre Organ Society.