R.C. Allen Musicwriter

This Musicwriter “typewriter” was manufactured by R.C. Allen of Grand Rapids, Michigan during the mid 20th century. The Musicwriter was used to compose sheet music. Instead of a letter-writing typewriter, each key could print a different type of note, which could be raised or lowered on the musical staff.
R. C. Allen was founded in 1932 as a manufacturer of cash registers, adding machines, and altimeters. R.C. Allen purchased the Woodstock Typewriter Company of Woodstock, Illinois in 1950 and began manufacturing typewriters and musicwriters such as this machine.
Currently not on view
Object Name
R. C. Allen
overall: 9 in x 20 1/4 in x 14 in; 22.86 cm x 51.435 cm x 35.56 cm
location of prior holder
United States: District of Columbia, Washington
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Computers & Business Machines
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Work and Industry: Mechanisms
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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