28. March 2011 · Comments Off on Steinway Diary · Categories: Read Online

The diary has been put online of William Steinway, one of the most important members of the Steinway family, who ran the piano company for most of the second half of the 19th century.
The Smithsonian Institution, who now own the diary, spearheaded the project, which as well their own curatorial staff, included over 100 volunteers. The diary, which covers 36 years of Steinway’s life, is now available both in facsimile and transcription.
Steinway writes about riots in New York during the civil war, and about the lengths he went to to protect the factory. He also goes into detail about the political machinations behind the drive to bring mass transportation to New York in the 1890s.


Go here to start reading the diary. You can see the original handwritten pages and read from a clearer, typed version.

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