Pipe Organ Database

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The Aeolian Co. (1916)

Location:

Princeton University
Princeton, NJ US
Procter Hall (Graduate Dining Hall)
Organ ID: 58667

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Colleges and Universities
  • The organ is no longer a complete instrument; dispersed/parted out.
  • The organ's condition is unknown.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Information unknown or not applicable
  • 4 manuals.
All:
  • Position: In a gallery-level case at the rear of the room.
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Main:
  • Manuals: 4
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Craig Otto on May 19, 2020:

The July 1920 issue of "The New Music Review and Church Music Review" (Volume 19, Issue 224, page 271) mentions three recitals played on the Proctor Hall Aeolian.

"The Proctor Hall recitals at Princeton University, which are played by Alexander Russell on the organ presented to the university in 1916 by Henry Clay Frick, included for the month of May three organ programs by Mr. Russell, assisted by undergraduates, and a choral recital by the Princeton Choirsters, directed by Mr. Russell."

We received the most recent update for this note from Craig Otto on May 19, 2020.

Database Manager on June 28, 2016:

An original installation, identified through information on this web page: https://www.princeton.edu/~gradcol/album/picsphall.htm. The organ was replaced by a Gress-Miles organ in the 1960s, retaining the Gothic case of the Aeolian.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
"Frick Gift to Princeton," New York Times Article on the 1916 Aeolian organ at Proctor Hall : Open In New Tab New York Times article dated May 26, 1916 about the new Proctor Hall organ gifted to Princeton by Henry C. Frick
Document created on 1916-05-26
We received the most recent update for this document from Craig Otto on April 21, 2020.

Proctor Hall Chamber Music Concert on 12/8/1928: Open In New Tab The Central New Jersey Home News article: chamber music in Princeton's Proctor Hall including Alexander Russell performing on the 1916 Aeolian
Document created on 1928-12-06
We received the most recent update for this document from Craig Otto on May 20, 2020.

Frick Gift to Princeton: Proctor Hall 1916 Aeolian Organ: Open In New Tab New York Times article announcing the Frick gift of the Proctor Hall organ and the dedication recital by S. Archer Gibson of New York City
Document created on 1916-05-26
We received the most recent update for this document from Craig Otto on April 21, 2020.

Instrument Images:

Photograph of Proctor Hall showing the 1916 Aeolian organ case in the background published in the 04/07/2010 issue of the Princeton Alumni Weekly.: Photograph by Ricardo Barros, submitted by Craig Otto. Taken approx. 2010