Rebuilt, Relocated, Replaced, Recycled --
The History of the Organs in the First United Methodist Church of Birmingham, Alabama

Acknowledgements

Photograph Credit and Sources

I am particularly indebted to Lucille Hamrick, who not only maintains the Archives of First Church but also is a great source of information herself. I am also indebted to Alan Dismukes, whose love of history and of this church has inspired him to an ongoing research project whose results he has been most willing to share with me.

The post card of the exterior of the church (shown on page 1 )is from Alan Dismuke's private collection. The photograph of the interior of the church, also on page 1, is in the Birmingham Public Library Archives and is used here with their permission. They don't know I tinted it, however.

The post card shown on page 2 is from Alan Dismuke's private collection. I have one very much like it and Alan has two others. It's interesting to see that they all show the same photograph, but the tinting (or the color balance in the printing) is slightly different in each one.

The Hook and Hastings Brochure on page 3 is in the Archives of the Organ Historical Society and was photographed with permission in October, 2000.

On page 4 the page from the Hook & Hastings brochure was photographed with permission in the Archives of the Organ Historical Society in October, 2000. The Ross Water Engine brochure is in the First Church Archives.

All the documents shown on page 5 are in the First Church Archives.

The Alen and Welch letterhead shown on page 6 was taken from one of the two letters in the First Church Archives that reports on delays in completing the work in 1923. I have not yet located any record of payment for the work that was done.

The blueprints shown on page 7 are in the First Church Archives, as are the letter from which I copied the description on page 7B and the letters from which the information and the images were taken for the display of engraved letterheads.

The copy of The Diapason from which the image on page 8 is taken was donated to the First Church Archives by James H. Douglas in 2000. The Building Code Violation Ticket and the Permit are in the First Church Archives.

The stoplist on page 8B was taken from The Diapason, March, 1959 and altered slightly to match the instrument as it was actually installed.

On page 9, the program for both the Dedication Service and the Recital are in the First Church Archives, as is the black and white photograph of the organ and choir loft. The photograph of the Schantz pipes is one I made in 1980.

The examples of straight and hooded reed pipes shown on page 10 are from the collection of Barry Norris, and the original copy of the rules for obtaining the key to the Schantz console are in the First Church Archives.

Photographs of the church on page 11 are by Kathryn Hayes.

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