In 2011, the American Theatre Organ Society entered into a partnership agreement with the University of Oklahoma which established the Theatre Organ Archive and Library at the American Organ Institute. What was the collection of historical material, recordings, letters, and more thus found not only a new home, but received the benefit of serious archival attention. The ongoing care, restoration, digitization, and organization of historical material is under supervision from a top school for Library Sciences, in conjunction with the American Organ Institute. The success of this partnership will be of benefit to ATOS members, students, historians and scholars for years to come.
The following video update provided by the American Organ Institute not only demonstrates the care this important material is receiving, but underscores the vision of the ATOS Board of Directors in making a difficult, important decision about the future of this historical material.
Watch Details of the Work at University of Oklahoma
AOI Archives & Library – Archival Processing
When the ATOS entered into the agreement with the University of Oklahoma, for the first time instead of paying rent for space to house the ATOS archives, that portion of the ATOS budget was used to provide scholarships for university students studying Organ and Library Sciences, allowing them to catalog, professionally archive, and digitize the entire ATOS collection. The work is progressing steadily and now you can peruse over 320 issues online, from the first issue in 1959 all the way to 2016.
View the ATOS Journal Archives