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Clifford Edge Collection

Identifier: AOIAL-ATOC-RG0021
The Clifford Edge Printed Materials and Photographs collection consists of the photographs and papers of Clifford Edge from approximately 1971-2005. The collection provides a particularly strong insight into the major publications available to organ enthusiasts across this time period. Included in the collection are photographs taken by Clifford Edge, programs and brochures related to American Theatre Organ Society chapters and events, several selections of newsletters and periodicals geared toward organ enthusiasts,  and some of Mr. Edge's personal correspondences. The dominance of periodicals in this collection is both a strength and weakness of this collection. On one hand, they limit the amount of personal information about Mr. Edge that can be gleaned from the collection; on the other, some of the more comprehensive collections, such as of The Console from 1971-81 and of The Greater L.A. Metro Newsreel from 1991-94, offer great glimpses into the theatre organ world for those with a general interest in the instrument.


  • 1971-2005

Language of Materials



0.50 cubic feet

Administrative History:

Little is known about avid theatre organ enthusiast, Clifford Edge. Addresses on his letters suggest that he lived in Robstown, Texas for a time, and served as a representative on the Theatre Historical Society board. The photographs included in the collection of organs in different states around the US, which are mostly dated 1996, might suggest that he participated in the Theatre Historical Society annual Conclave Theatre Tour that year. At the very least, we know that Mr. Edge traveled extensively to visit noteworthy theatre organs in the country. He also collected information on various chapters of the American Theatre Organ Society (ATOS) and attended at least two regional conferences, suggesting that he was a member in one of the ATOS chapters. Finally, Mr. Edge followed the major events of the theatre organ world throughout his life, subscribing to several major publications for extended periods of times, and gathering significant news clippings and articles from the Web. Some of his letters reveal that he expressed concerned about the quality of some of these publications, though it is unclear if he speaks from the position of only a reader or that of a contributor to these works. The majority of items in the collection are dated between the 1970s and early 2000s, showing that Mr. Edge's love of the theatre organ endured at least thirty years during his lifetime.

Arrangement of Materials:

The Clifford Edge Printed Materials and Photographs arrived to the archive in a priority mail box compiled in no particular order. In order to facilitate research, the items have been arranged in a slightly more apparent order. Each periodical has been grouped together and placed in the position of the first instance of that work in the box. They are arranged in chronological order within the folders. Correspondences are also grouped together and arranged chronologically in a folder. Photographs, other printed materials, programs and brochures, and organ stop lists are gathered in the original order in which they arrived in the box.
Guide to the Clifford Edge Collection AOIAL.ATOC.RG0021

Repository Details

Part of the The American Organ Institute Archives and Library Repository

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