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Catherine Gotthoffer papers

 Collection — Carton: 1
Identifier: MSS 7794
Collection contains materials collected by Catherine Gotthoffer ranging from approximately 1964 to 1995. Materials include promotional photographs of Catherine as well as other prominent harpists, documents related to Marcel Grandjany, video recordings of the Grandjany video project, newsletters from Lyon and Healy in addition to the American Harp Society (AHS), and various handbooks and policy documents from AHS.

Dates

  • approximately 1964-1995

Creator

Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances.

Permission to publish material from the Catherine Gotthoffer papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Extent

1 carton (1 linear ft.)

Biographical History

Catherine Gotthoffer (born 1923) was the first life member of the American Harp Society (AHS), and is a prominent freelance harpist who served as president of the AHS twice.

Catherine Gotthoffer played the violin from a young age. It wasn't until she was about ten years old that she set her eyes on the harp. She then went on to study the harp at Julliard with Marcel Grandjany. While at school, she met her husband, a trumpet player, and in 1944, she married Robert Gotthoffer. After graduation, Robert served in the Navy and left Catherine plenty of time to pursue her career as a freelance harpist in New York. After her husband's discharge, they went to Dallas to audition for the new symphony there. They were accepted and lived there for seven years, with the exception of summers spent in New York City. Catherine then got a five year contract with MGM in Hollywood and during this time, had her two children, Ann and Richard. In 1970, she started teaching at the California Institute of the Arts. In addition to her busy schedule as a freelance harpist and teacher, Catherine was also very involved in the American Harp Society. She helped to found the Los Angeles chapter and later went on to serve as the president twice, from 1968 to 1970 and from 1972 to 1976. Catherine then became the first life member of the AHS.

Arrangement

The original order of the collection has been maintained.

Custodial History

Donated by Catherine Gotthoffer in 1995.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Catherine Gotthoffer; 1995.

Appraisal

Prominent Harpists, (Section IV.a.i. International Harp Collection Development Policy, January 2011).

Processing Information

Processed; Lynzi Phillips; April 2011.

Creator

Title
Register of Catherine Gotthoffer papers
Status
completed
Author
Lynzi Phillips
Date
2011 April 8
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

Contact:
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Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States