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Henry Erben & Co. View Extant Instruments View Instruments


New York City, New York, 1874-1879.
Classification: Builder

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October 13, 2015:

From the OHS PC Database Builders Listing editor, Mar 25, 2016 -

Excerpt from a paper by Robert C. Delvin:

"The post-Civil War economy greatly diminished Henry Erben-s southern business, although he continued to build isolated instruments for southern congregations.[material omitted] Even as the South began to attain a measure of economic recovery, the nation as a whole, was plunged into the depression brought about by the "panic" of 1873, with the expected adverse effect on the business of all organ builders, Erben included. From 1874-1879, Erben was forced once again to go into partnership, this time with William M. Wilson, under the name of Henry Erben & Co.,..."
-Robert C. Delvin


  • Robert C. Delvin, "A Tale of Two Organs: Henry Erben and Apalachicola, Florida" (2000). Scholarly Publications. Paper 3. http://digitalcommons.iwu.edu/ames_scholarship/3, accessed Oct 13, 2015

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 29, 2019.

October 13, 2015:

See main entry: Henry Erben

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

April 15, 2010:

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

Partner with William M. Wilson in Henry Erben & Co. of New York City, New York, 1874-1879; Erben briefly retired, then formed a partnership with his son as Henry Erben & Son, 1879-1884; Erben died May 7, 1884; William M. Wilson continued Henry Erben & Co.


  • The Diapason, December 1952, 16.
  • Musical and Sewing Machine Gazette, February 7, 1880, 5.
  • Orpha Ochse, The History of the Organ in the United States (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1975), 147, 151.
  • John Ogasapian, Organ Building in New York City 1700-1900 (Braintree, MA: The Organ Literature Foundation 1977), 57.
  • Organ Handbook (Richmond, Va.: Organ Historical Society, 1986), 11.
  • The Tracker 21:4, 1
  • The Tracker 22:1, page number not listed.
  • The Tracker3. 34:3, 13.


We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on February 11, 2019.

Database Specs:

  • 23 Organs
  • 0 Divisions
  • 0 Consoles

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