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Beard, Henry K., 1913-1989



Henry K. Beard, a long-time Chicago resident was a renowned organ designer with the M.P. Moller Corporation of Baltimore, Maryland. Beard was credited with designing over 400 organs. His position was the Midwestern representative for the Moller Company. His education was in both engineering from Penn State University and Music from the Curtis Institute of Music.

Beard had many musical distinctions in addition to his organ building work. We was organist and choir master of the Overbrook Presbyterian Church of Philadelphia. He was also an organist in the military chapels for his World War II postings. Additionally, he traveled extensively in Europe where he studied the ancient cathedrals, and appeared in a series of CBS broadcasts on this topic.

His Rio Grande Valley connection was his marriage to Maud Nosler, the sister of Betty Nosler Murray of San Benito, Texas.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Henry K. Beard Papers

 Collection — Container: 0031
Identifier: BLIBR-0031
Scope and Contents

The collection contains material related to Beard’s work as an organ designer. Almost the entire collection consists of organ blueprints, although there are some photos and a brochure about the M.P. Moller Company. Beard designed organs for many notable places including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, West Point, and the Moody Bible Institute. Most of his work was done in mid-west states like Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Iowa.

Dates: Majority of material found within 1940 - 1989