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Helen Higgins Ellis papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 7815

Scope and Contents

This collection contains materials collected by Helen Ellis dating from approximately 1928 to 1993. Materials include concert programs, press clippings, harp journals, and personal papers and documents of Helen Ellis. Collection also contains college, harp, and music catalogs.


  • approximately 1928-1993


Conditions Governing Access

Open to public research.

Conditions Governing Use

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

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

Biographical History

Helen Higgins Ellis (died January 17, 1994) was a harpist who organized the Stephens College Harp Ensemble and studied under Marcel Grandjany.

Helen Higgins Ellis was born in Coudersport, Pennsylvania, the second child of four. She studied the harp and graduated from the Canadaigua Academy as well as the Eastman School of Music. Helen then went on to teach at the Chazy Central Rural School for three years. She moved on to teach at the Stephens College in Columbio, Missouri, until 1939. During her time at Stephens, Helen performed with symphony orchestras, gave recitals, and made radio appearances. She also organized the Stephens College Harp Ensemble. In 1936, Helen went to New York to continue her study of the harp with Marcel Grandjany. In addition to her passion for the harp, she was an active member of the Canadaigua Historical Society and was the director of the Colonial Gardens. Helen was a member of the DAR, the Botanical Society, the local Garden Club, and the American Harp Society.


5 cartons (5 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Original order of the collection has been maintained.

Custodial History

Donated by Helen Ellis in 1995.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Helen Ellis; 1995.


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

Processing Information

Processed; Lynzi Phillips; May 2011.

Register of Helen Higgins Ellis papers
Lynzi Phillips
2011 May 2
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States