Welcome to the Robert Morton Organ Company website.
This site is devoted to the history and product of the former Robert Morton Organ Company, located in Van Nuys, California. Although Robert Morton closed its doors in 1931, there remains an interest in its instruments, both theatre and church organs. Through the years, original sources of information about the company have been lost through destruction and attrition. As yet, there are no known intact copies of company records, and all of the individuals with firsthand knowledge of the company's working and products have passed on.
As a result, we have to rely upon piecing together history, technical information and information about the instruments that remain from earlier writings and correspondence, from anecdotal evidence from people who knew people who worked for Robert Morton, and from the remaining examples of Robert Morton organs. Hopefully, more solid documentation will surface over time, and this website can serve as a clearinghouse for such information.
I had thought of attempting to write a conventional book about Robert Morton, but using the internet gives me the research resources of many, many like-minded aficianados of Robert Morton organs, a method of acquiring information that would be difficult to achieve working in a standard book-research format. And the results of this research become available to everyone.
This is a new website, very much under construction. For that reason, its various parts will grow slowly. The first items I intend to put into place will be a revision of the only comprehensive history of the company which is presently available to me, and a beginning of the recosntruction of an opus list. As I arrive at a good way of cataloging and presenting technical information, this will also be made available.
If you have contribution you wish to make to the site, please address email to firstname.lastname@example.org, so we can discuss it. I will be pleased to give online credit for contributions if you desire it, or you may remain anonymous; your choice either way will be honored.
Thanks for visiting, and check back from time to time. I do expect we will grow. . .
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