1 Reply Latest reply on Jan 13, 2022 9:12 AM by Jason Atkinson

    Trying to find inventories/lists of pianos made by Petrof Piano

    Jim Kelly Wayfarer

      Trying to find inventories of pianos made by Petrof Piano that came into the US from Europe pre and post WWII . I am attempting to establish the provenance of two Petrof Grand Pianos. I have the serial number of one and the piano is here. A second Petrof piano was listed on a post war heirs inventory but had no serial number listed. There is a possibility the piano that is here is listed on a customs form with a serial number. It has original ivory keys - today it would be impossible to bring in a piano with ivory keys due to ivory bans. Any leads will be useful

        • Re: Trying to find inventories/lists of pianos made by Petrof Piano
          Jason Atkinson Guide

          Dear Mr. Kelly,

          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          Under Record Control Schedule N1-036-00-001, Vessel Manifests and Cargo Declarations are destroyed after 3 years.  However, the National Archives does have some pre-1964 manifests that were scheduled as permanent under N1-036-68-001.  These records are decentralized, and are located in the various National Archives regional locations based on the port of entry that created the records.  Also, please note that the amount of information in them varies. In many cases, the records just contain a general description of the cargo rather than an itemized listing of every individual piece of cargo with serial numbers.


          We searched the National Archives Catalog and located 209 series in the Records of the U.S. Customs Service (Record Group 36) that contain manifests from the 1860s, when Petrof was founded, through the 1960s. For more information about these non-digitized records, please email the reference units listed in the Catalog descriptions using the provided email addresses.


          Due to the continued impact of COVID-19, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgment as well as a substantive response to your reference request from the various NARA reference units.  We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience as we balance mission-critical work and the safety of our staff during the pandemic. Please check NARA’s web page about COVID-19 updates for the latest information.


          Finally, you may wish to contact Petrof Pianos to inquire about corporate records.


          We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!

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