A Selected Bibliography on Reed Organs
Information or research assistance regarding reed organs is frequently requested from the Smithsonian
Institution. The following information has been prepared to assist those interested in this topic.
Earl, S.G. Repairing the Reed Organ and Harmonium. Braintree, MA: The Organ Literature Foundation,
Gellerman, Robert F. The American Reed Organ: Its History, How It Works, How to Rebuild It.
Vestal, NY: Vestal Press, 1973.
The American Reed Organ and the Harmonium: A Treatise on Its History, Restoration and Tuning.
Vestal, NY: Vestal Press, 1996.
Givens, Larry. "Reed Organs." In Rebuilding the Player Piano, 135-44. Vestal, NY: Vestal Press,
1963. Marcuse, Sibyl. Musical Instruments: A Comprehensive Dictionary. 1964. Reprint. New York:
Michel, Norman E. Michel's Organ Atlas: Organs, Melodeons, Harmoniums, Church Organs, Lap Organs,
Barrel Organs. Pico Rivera, CA: by the author, 1969.
Milne, H.F. The Reed Organ: Its Design and Construction. 1930. Reprint. Braintree, MA: The Organ
Literature Foundation, 1970.
Presley, Horton. Restoring and Collecting Antique Reed Organs. Blue Ridge Summit, PA: G/L Tab
Randel, Don Michael, ed. The New Harvard Dictionary of Music. Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press of
Harvard University Press, 1986.
Sachs, Curt. The History of Musical Instruments. New York: W.W. Norton & Co., 1940.
Sadie, Stanley and Tyrell, John, eds. The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. 29 vols.
London, New York: Oxford University Press, 2001.
Scholes, Percy Alfred. The Oxford Companion to Music. London and New York: Oxford University
Tuning, Care, and Repair of Reed and Pipe Organs. 1906. Reprint. Vestal, NY: Vestal Press,
Williams, Peter F., and Barbara Owen. The New Grove Organ. New York: Norton, 1988.