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Stu Green Works and Personalities

Identifier: AOIAL-ATOC-RG0024
This collection consists of materials collected by Stu Green from the mid to late twentieth century. The materials themselves date from as early as 1913 to as late as 1994. The bulk of the collection originated in the mid-century era and consists of printed informational and promotional materials and photographs associated with noteworthy organists, or the "personalities," of that period as Mr. Green indicated on his folders. These materials were collected by Mr. Green as resources for articles related to the state of theatre organ affairs during the period. The collection includes some drafts of Mr. Green's writings as well as some photographs he had developed and some letters concerning his work. More general photographs and promotional items related to theatre organs can also be located in this collection. They were likely also used in Mr. Green's research, but lacked identifying contextual clues when they arrived to the archive. While the collection includes mostly original materials, many of the items dated prior to 1940 are photocopies or reprints of works or images published or produced earlier.


  • 1900s
  • Majority of material found in 1950s-1980s

Language of Materials



2.00 cubic feet

Biographical / Historical

W. Stuart "Stu" Green devoted much time to researching the major figures of the theatre organ world from the mid to late twentieth century. A highly active and well-connected figure, one of Mr. Green's correspondents summed up his accomplishments best by addressing him in the following manner: "Dear Stu: Editor Emeritus, Vox Popper, Record Reviewer…" This statement  reveals Mr. Green's involvement in publication both as a contributing writer and as an editor for The Bombarde periodical. Mr. Green was not only a member of ATOS, but he was selected as an Honorary Member in 1972 and was later inducted into the ATOS Hall of Fame on July 6, 2012.

Arrangement of Materials:

The Stu Green Works and Personalities collection arrived in an plain bankers box obscurely labeled "ATOS misc. files." The contents of this box were, for the most part, meticulously organized in alphabetical order according to subject's last name by Mr. Green. He had labeled many folders "personalities" indicating that the contents of the folders related to the important figures about whom information had been gathered. Items in those folders have been preserved in alphabetical order within a series of the same name in the collection. Other items located in the box appeared in unlabeled folders and document mailers spaced intermittently between the "personalities" folder or grouped together in no apparent order at the back of the box. These items have been separated into the "Personal" series--consisting of Stu Green's correspondences (arranged chronologically), his photographs (in original order), and his writings (arranged alphabetically by title)--and into the "Miscellaneous Papers" series. The latter series is sorted according to purpose into Articles, Brochures and Promotional, Histories and Information, News Clippings, Programs and Fliers, Stop Lists, and Photographs. Aside from the articles, which are arranged alphabetically by title, and the photographs, arranged chronologically then alphabetically by subject, these items remain in original order.
Guide to the Stu Green Works and Personalities AOIAL.ATOC.RG0024
Finding Aid Authors: Catherine Dean.

Repository Details

Part of the The American Organ Institute Archives and Library Repository

2101 W. Tecumseh Rd
Suite C
Norman Oklahoma 73069 United States