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Thomas W. Whalley View Extant Instruments View Instruments


Oakland, California ca. 1890; Berkeley, California 1892-1905
Classification: Builder

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October 30, 2004:

From the OHS PC Database, derived from A Guide to North American Organbuilders, by David H. Fox (Richmond, Va.: Organ Historical Society, 1991). —

Born February 2, 1856 in San Francisco, California; died 1931; father of Charles and (Ralph?) Whalley.

Active in Oakland, California, by c. 1887; briefly partner with George N. Andrews, 1888; briefly partner in Whalley & Genung of Oakland, California, c. 1889; active in Berkeley, California, 1892-1905; partner with Edwin A. Spencer in Berkeley, California, 1905-1906; partner with his son, Ralph, in Berkeley, California.

Staff: C. A. Anderson.


  • Orpha Ochse, The History of the Organ in the United States (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1975), 316.
  • Piano and Organ Purchaser’s Guide, Purchaser’s Guide to the Music Industries, (New York: Music Trades).

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on October 31, 2019.

Database Specs:

  • 11 Organs
  • 3 Divisions
  • 1 Consoles

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