The OHS Pipe Organ Database

BuilderID 2090

Builder Identification

Winchester, Massachusetts 1842-1845; Keene, New Hampshire, 1845-1866.

Additional Notes

  • Note from the OHS PC Database, derived from A Guide to North American Organbuilders, by David H. Fox (Organ Historical Society, 1991). Edited for the revised OHS Online Database website, 2017. —

    Joseph Foster was the brother of Ephraim Foster. He was building reed organs by 1831; (partner with Henry Pratt in Foster, Pratt & Co. of Winchester, Massachusetts, c. 1835?); partner with Albert Thayer in Foster & Thayer, lap reed organs, of Winchester, Massachusetts, 1842-1845; partner with Charles Felt in Foster & Felt in Keene, New Hampshire, 1845; partner with his brother in J. & E. Foster, 1866, melodians, reed and pipe organs; succeeded by his brother.


      Robert F. Gellerman, Gellerman’s International Reed Organ Atlas (Vestal, NY: The Vestal Press, 1985), 49.
    • Orpha Ochse, The History of the Organ in the United States (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1975), 140.
    • Barbara Owen, The Organ in New England (Raleigh: Sunbury Press, 1979), 402.

Database Entries

There are 2 entries in the database that describe organs by Joseph Foster.

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