Mysteries from the Archives (part X)

Greetings, everyone!

This is part 10 of our Mysteries from the Archives posts. While I have no doubt that there will be more mysteries in the future, this is the last of the big push to solve mysteries that have turned up in the course of our Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) grant funded project. As you know, the CLIR project wrapped up at the end of December and the findings aids are all searchable online! Even though the grant project has ended, the collections are still active so keep sending your materials to the library! Here are the guidelines for submitting materials.

If you can help to provide any information about any of these photos, please email

Thank you!

Mystery #40

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Mystery #42

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Mystery #44

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Mysteries (part IX) – Solved

More mysteries solved!! Thank you, everyone!!

Special shout out to those who responded with info about the mysteries – Carol Jickling Lens, Larry Weinstein, George Gregory, Adrian Gebruers, Dave Hunsberger, Rick Watson, Carl Zimmerman, Andreas Friedrich and Lisa Lonie!


Mystery #32: Bell from the Rees Memorial Carillon (Springfield, IL), cast by Petit & Fritsen, being off-loading in NY

Mystery #33: Bell in frame at the Petit & Fritsen foundry (Aarle-Rixtel, NL), bell is likely for a Dutch Reformed Church

Mystery #34: Playing mechanism made by J. Smith & Sons of London, England, the location remains unknown

Mystery #35: This gentleman remains unknown

Mystery #36: Gerard de Waardt

Mystery #37: Richard von Grabow

Mystery #38: 1994 WCF congress in Chambery, FR

Mystery #39: Wendell Westcott with R. Hudson Ladd

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Mysteries from the Archives (part IX)

Happy New Year!! Thought that we’d ring in the new year with some more Mysteries from the Archives!

As always, if you can help to provide any information about any of these photos, please email

Thank you!

Mystery #32: Bell being hoisted on/off a ship

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#33: Carillon set up in frame. At foundry? Eijsbouts?

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#34: 4 photos of playing cabin & playing mechanism. Location unknownGCNA Mystery_034

#35: Name unknown. Likely taken in France.
Donated by Didier Lannoy 1980

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#37: Is this Richard von Grabow?
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#38: Congress or gathering of some kind – WCF? French Guild?GCNA Mystery_038

#39: Wendell Westcott with ?
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Mysteries (part VIII) – Solved

As ever, you guys impress me with your knowledge!

Thank you to everyone who responded with info about the mysteries! Especially John Widmann, Jim Saenger, Ed Arp, Luc Rombouts, Erv Mussman, Amy Brandau, Janet Tebbel, Carol Jickling Lens, Dave Hunsberger, and Rick Watson!
(apologies if I missed anyone, there were a lot of responses on this one! :-D)

#23: Gustave Cantelon

#24: Jef van Hoof, Prosper Verheyden, Henry de Coster, William Gorham Rice, Jef Denyn, Cyril Johnston, Staf Nees. The photo was taken 18 August 1931 at the Hotel de Ville/ Stadhuis in Mechelen, Belgium. This photo also appears in the book “Jubileumboek 1922-1972,” and a cropped version was printed in the GCNA Bulletin in 1997.

#25: The gentlemen with Kamiel LeFevere still remain unidentified

#26: Jeff Davis, John Agraz, Ronald Barnes & David Hunsberger, in the playing cabin at UC Berkeley, circa 1984-1990

#27:  (standing, L to R) Richard von Grabow, Charles Sukup, Douglas Schenck, Charlene Nunnikoven (?), (seated) Erv Mussman, unidentified

#28-31: We believe are all taken at the Paccard Foundry. #30 Henri ? and Alfred Paccard


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Mysteries from the Archives (part VIII)

Greetings, everyone!

It’s time for another round of Mysteries from the Archives! These latest mysteries come from the photo files – some group photos and some photos of foundries.

If you can help to provide any information about any of these photos, please email

Thank you!  Wishing you and your families a wonderful holiday season!!


Mystery #23:
Identified as Jules van de Leine, but we don’t have a record of someone by that name at Saint Quentin. The closest name we found was Jules Levent.

GCNA Mystery_023Mystery #24: Mechelen August 1931, stadhuis court
Identified: William Gorham Rice, Jef Denyn, Cyril Johnston & Staf Nees. The others are unidentified

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Mystery #25:
Identified: Kamiel Lefevere

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Mystery #26:
Identified: Ron Barnes

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Back reads “3 of these / for RVG / music”

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Mystery #28

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Mystery #29:
Donated by Jim Lawson


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Mystery #30:

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Mystery #31:
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Mysteries from the Archives (part VII)

Greetings, Everyone!

It’s time for another Mystery from the Archives!  This latest mystery came hidden within a stack of music. The piece is titled “Rondino for carillon” but the composer and/or arranger is not identified. Comparison to several pieces of music with similar titles have yielded no matches.

Click here to view GCNA Mystery #22

If you can help to provide any information about this piece of music, please email me at

Thank you!

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Oh Look, There’s a Bell!

Thank you, everyone for a wonderful 2016 GCNA Congress! And kudos to Ellen Dickinson and the members of the Yale Guild on a job well done!

For those you who were not able to make it to Connecticut, we wanted to share some of the information that was presented about the GCNA Archives and the Anton Brees Carillon Library at Bok Tower Gardens.




In 2013, we received a “Cataloging Hidden Collections” grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR)! Huge shout out to Joy Banks for writing and receiving this grant!!!  Other recipients in our award year included Princeton University , Colombia University, George Eastman House (Kodak), and the Yellowstone Park Foundation.



Processing is the physical sorting and organization of the materials in a consistent and systematic manner. That means that every piece of paper in these file cabinets and boxes has passed through our hands multiple times in order to ensure it is in the proper place.



How to Access the Materials

To access library materials such as books, scores, recordings, etc., please view the ABCL Library Catalog!

To access the finding aids, which detail information in the vertical files, the GCNA archives, and digitized papers, photographs, etc., please view Bok Tower Gardens Digital Collections!

Please call or email with questions and inquiries and don’t forget to continue sending in your materials! Click here for the Guidelines for Submitting Materials.

History is written by what gets left behind!


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