NEWS - 13/08/13

Recently the Utrecht Organ Archive acquired the complete archive of the organ builders Jaap Fama en Piet Raadgever. The archive consists of two parts, one with all company documents and the other with carton rolls containing designs of all instruments build by the company. After being in quarantine the documents will be incorporated in the Utrecht Organ Archive.

Shots of the handover on the 19th of January 2013 were used in a news item by CNC World. Click here.

NEWS - 13/08/10

The catalogue of the Smits Archive (by Drs. J.G.P.G. Boogaarts) and the inventories of the Bolt, Erné, Kret and Legêne Archives (by Drs. J.F. van Os) are now digitally available. See also Collections.

NEWS - 19/02/09

The Utrecht Organ Archive recently acquired the following items:

  • Important documents from the Maarschalkerweerd archive

  • The archive of the organ builder Hendrik Strubbe (1926-1997).

  • The archive of the organ expert Dr. A.J. Gierveld (1932-2006) (click here for the inventory; in Dutch).

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The Maarten Albert Vente Utrecht Organ Archive Foundation was founded on 27 July 2000. It aims to conserve the records of the Utrecht Organ Archive of Utrecht University and to make them available to researchers. The trust also aims to enlarge the Utrecht Organ Archive through acquisition of important archives of organ builders and experts.

Maarten Albert Vente and the Utrecht Organ Archive

The foundation bears the name of Prof. Dr. Maarten Albert Vente (1915-1989). As far back as the 1930s, during research for his PhD, Maarten Albert Vente began to collect archive material on organs. In 1958, he took up a teaching appointment at Utrecht University, where, in 1979, he became Professor in the history of musical instruments, with particular reference to the organ. He entrusted his archive to the university, continued to collect, and supervised the archive until his retirement in 1980. Today the collection continues to grow under his successors.

Prof.dr. Maarten Albert Vente (1915-1989)

The Utrecht Organ Archive, which was thus established, now plays a prominent role in organ research, not least in the restoration of historic organs in the Netherlands and abroad. The archive now contains approximately 130,000 records on organs situated mainly in the Netherlands, but also in countries including Spain, France, Germany, Belgium and Austria. The records are filed according to location.

The Utrecht Organ Archive contains the following types of material:

Visitors are welcome by appointment with:

Bart Jaski
+31 (0)30 2536521

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