We are happy you want to add a stoplist to our online catalog of pipe organs in North America. This page is meant to get you started in the process, with a few hints to make your way easier. If you have not sent us a stoplist before, you will find some helpful information on the Stoplist Introduction page as well.
Please remember that each time an organ is substantively changed, we need a new data entry page. We hyperlink all the entries for the separate phases of the organ's life, so we can make everything clear as we track the history of a specific organ. Stoplist, photographs and searchable details are all in their proper places.
To help us achieve our goal of consistent accuracy in our entries, be sure that you are entering the stoplist for the organ at this point in its life. If it has been changed over the years, you can help us in two ways: first, use our search forms to be sure we have another entry for each phase in the organ's life. If we don't, you can add that entry yourself; there's a form for that accessible from the home page. Second, after you're sure we have all the separate entries we need, submit separate stoplists for the individual entries. That way, everyone knows the details that make up the organ's history.
Finally, if you want to send us corrections for a stoplist already in the database, please do not use this form. Instead of doing that, just send details about the needed corrections in an email to email@example.com.
To help us with consistency in our stoplists, please keep these things in mind when you prepare a stoplist to send us.
We will accept stoplists for publication on the OHS Pipe Organ Database web site in only three different file formats. We impose this restriction on you only because we want everything we have here to be accessible to anyone with internet access, regardless of the software that is installed on the computer they are using at the time. Before you send us a digital file containing a stoplist, make sure that it is in one of these formats:
Please note that we will specifically not accept documents in MS-Word formats (.doc or .docx) or other proprietary formats. We make an exception for PDF files, even though that is a format created by Adobe Systems, because there are multiple free resources available world wide for reading those documents online.
Stoplists can be found in many places, and it can be an important part of the historical record to know where a stoplist originated. That becomes more important when a stoplist changes after a contract has been signed. There are many instances where it is important to the historical record to document it with multiple versions of a stoplist: the original plan as seen in the contract and the final version taken from the console.
There are two primary ways to send us a stoplist:
You may also send us a stoplist via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
When you send us a stoplist you give us the right to publish it on the OHS Pipe Organ Database web site. We will not publish it further, particularly in any of our print media, without seeking additional permission from you to do so. However, as described above, the content of the stoplist is actually in the public domain. It is our policy that no information on the OHS Pipe Organ Database web site may be used by others in any commercial way.
When we publish your stoplist on the Database web site, we will acknowledge your contribution by name, but we will not share your contact information beyond OHS. If we receive inquires about you or your contribution, we will send you that individual's email address and allow you to initiate contact, should you decide to do so.