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Virgil Fox Collection, circa 1938-2008

By Michelle Merriman

Collection Overview

Title: Virgil Fox Collection, circa 1938-2008

ID: AOIC/RG0002

Creator: Fox, Virgil (1912-1980)

Extent: 4.5 Cubic Feet. More info below.

Arrangement: The collection is arranged alphabetically and then chronologically by folder title, with exceptions made for materials that require separate housing (oversized, ephemera, etc.).

Date Acquired: 09/20/2013

Languages: English [eng]

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The collection includes materials dated from approximately 1938-2008. The bulk of the collection is dated between 1938-1980 and is comprised of performance and souvenir programs from Fox's recitals and concerts at churches and concert halls across the U.S. and internationally.  Several of these programs include Virgil Fox's handwritten performance notes.  Other printed materials include program proposals, promotional materials, biographies, calendars, newsletters, Virgil Fox's Master Organ Class documents, as well as articles and photographs from newspapers and magazines.  Items dated after 1980 include programs from Fox's former students and affiliates.

The collection also includes studio portraits, snapshots, and performance photographs of Virgil Fox. Photographic images are in black and white and color.  There are also some photographs of family members and friends.  Additionally, there are 35mm slides that contain images of Virgil Fox's international travels and performances, as well as glass slides which contain lyrics for sing-alongs. Fox's collection also includes a five-part video recording of Fox's Heavy Organ performance with David Snyder's "Revelation Lights."  Finally, this collection contains three-dimensional awards and memorabilia acquired by Fox throughout his career.

Administrative Information

Alternate Extent Statement: 1 Box, mostly photos; 5 Boxes, printed materials, mostly programs; 1 Box, video; 1 Box, 5 three-dimensional objects; 2.5 Boxes, 35mm slides.

Access Restrictions: The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions: Any use of archival materials outside of the scope of education and/or research must be approved by the AOIAL staff and may be subject to copyright law.

Acquisition Source: Virgil Fox Society

Acquisition Method: Donation

Preferred Citation: Virgil Fox Papers. American Theatre Organ Collections at the American Organ Institute Archives and Library, University of Oklahoma.

Processing Information: Several duplicate programs were weeded from the collection.


Box and Folder Listing

Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Correspondence, 1958-1980; undatedAdd to your cart.
This folder contains invitations from Trinity Reformed Church and others, a memorandum from American Guild of Organists, a letter written by Virgil Fox to his students, a Western Union Telegram from Delta Omicron, a letter from Board of Education of Frederick County concerning Virgil Fox's visit and performance, and a greeting card.
Folder 2: Manuscripts-Miscellaneous, 1950; undatedAdd to your cart.
Includes an installation receipt, performance notes, an index of performance dates and locations, and an arrangement written by Louis Claude Daquin, "Noël (Final)."
Folder 3: Manuscripts-Organ Master Class Documents, undatedAdd to your cart.
This folder contains educational material Virgil Fox used to teach his students, including a repertoire list and "basic techniques" worksheets,
Folder 4: Manuscripts-Writings about Virgil Fox, 1967; 1975; undatedAdd to your cart.
This folder contains manuscripts that include biographical information about Virgil Fox's career and life.  Also includes a transcript of a speech memorializing Fox after his death.
Folder 5: Photographs-Family, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Photographs-Harrison House at Glen Cove, "Close up on Bach", 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Photographs-Performance, undatedAdd to your cart.
This folder contains several photographs of Virgil Fox at the organ and/or on stage during a performance.
Folder 8: Photographs-Snapshots, undatedAdd to your cart.
The photographs contained in this folder include images of Virgil Fox and/or others, including pictures with Liberace, Mike Douglas, Pierre Cochereau, David Frost, Roger Swan, Ed Sullivan, Princeton (Indiana) High School, Evelyn Graham, Forrest Peterson, Donabelle Frey.
Folder 9: Photographs-Studio PortraitsAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Printed Materials-Calendars, 1959-1965Add to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Printed Material-In Memory of Virgil Fox, 1980-1983Add to your cart.
This folder contains programs, psalms from memorial service, transcripts of a speech from Virgil Fox's memorial services.  Also included in this folder are a document regarding the Virgil Fox Award in Organ Performance, an award established at the University of Southern California School of Music and a brochure promoting the sale of Virgil Fox's recordings.
Folder 2: 1942-1989; undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Printed Materials-Newsletters, 1945-1982; undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Printed Materials-Newspaper Clippings, 1930-1974; undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Printed Materials-Newspaper Clippings, 1975-1980; undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Printed Materials-Organ Specifications, 1956; undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Printed Materials-Performance Memorabilia, 1957, 1963; undatedAdd to your cart.
This folder contains two tickets, a printed napkin, and an invitation from various peformances by Virgil Fox.
Folder 8: Printed Materials-Philharmonic Hall Publications, 1963-1970Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Printed Materials-Promotional, 1943-1970Add to your cart.
This folder contains promotional, printed materials such as flyers, brochures, and posters.
Folder 10: Printed Materials-Promotional, 1974-1980; undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Programs-Performance, 1932-1939Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Programs-Performance, 1941-1946Add to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Programs-Performance, 1947Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Programs-Performance, 1948Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Programs-Performance, 1949Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Programs-Peformance, 1950Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Programs-Performance, 1951Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Programs-Performance, 1952Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Programs-Performance, 1953Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Programs-Performance, 1954Add to your cart.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Programs-Performance, 1955Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Programs-Performance, 1956Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Programs-Performance, 1957Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Programs-Performance, 1958Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Programs-Performance, 1959Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Programs-Performance, 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Programs-Performance, 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Programs-Performance, 1962Add to your cart.
Box 5Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Programs-Performance, 1963Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Programs-Performance, 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Programs-Performance, 1965Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Programs-Performance, 1966Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Programs-Performance, 1967Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Programs-Performance, 1968Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Programs-Performance, 1969Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Programs, Performance, 1970-1978Add to your cart.
Box 6Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Programs-Performance, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Programs-Performance, Concert/Recital Series, 1953-1964Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Programs-Performance, Other organists, 1980-2008; undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Programs-Performance, Proposals, 1939-1970; undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Programs-Souvenir, Bravo, 1962-1971Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Programs-Souvenir, 1950-1963Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Programs-Souvenir, 1964-1972Add to your cart.
Box 7Add to your cart.
Item 1: Video -Tape 1- Virgil Fox's Heavy Organ and David Snyder's Revelation Lights, March 30, 1970Add to your cart.
Item 2: Video -Tape 2 - Virgil Fox's Heavy Organ and David Snyder's Revelation Lights, March 30, 1970Add to your cart.
Item 3: Video -Tape 3 - Virgil Fox's Heavy Organ and David Snyder's Revelation Lights, March 30, 1970Add to your cart.
Item 4: Video -Tape 4- Virgil Fox's Heavy Organ and David Snyder's Revelation Lights, March 30, 1970Add to your cart.
Item 5: Video -Tape 5 - Virgil Fox's Heavy Organ and David Snyder's Revelation Lights, March 30, 1970Add to your cart.
Box 8Add to your cart.
Item 1: Engraved letter opener from Music Center - undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 2: Engraved magnifying glass from Music Center - undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 3: Rockefeller Center memorabilia - undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 4: Plaque from The American Guild of Organists to Virgil Fox - May 6, 1979Add to your cart.
Item 5: Engraved nameplate from John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts - October 5, 1973Add to your cart.
Box 9Add to your cart.
Item 1: Engraved award from PLC Alumni Association, 11/10/1978Add to your cart.