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Ellis Schuman collection

Identifier: MSS 7816

Scope and Contents

The Ellis Schuman collection (1969-2006) include personal correspondence, Schuman's published works, both original works and arrangments for harp. Contains CD recorded interviews of Schuman, Alberto Salvi, Marie Ludwig, and Alice Chalifoux. The collection also includes autographed photos of Marie Ludwig and Mildred Dilling, as well as photographs of Schuman and other prominent harpists. The collection contains the papers of Ellis Schuman from his years as President of the Chicago Chapter of the American Harp Society and his years as a teacher the Chicago Musical College of Roosevelt Univeristy.


  • 1908-2014


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 Ellis Schuman papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Ellis Schuman (born 1931) is a performing artist, composer, and teacher.

Schuman was born in Chicago in 1931 and studied with prominent instructors such as Rudolph Ganz, Karel Boreslav Jirak, Mildred Dilling, Marie Ludwig Giordano, and Hans Tischler. He performed on piano and harp with Chicago's Musica Viva Quintet, and toured with the Baroque Repertory Ensemble as harpsichordist.

From 1969 to 1977 Schuman was president of the Chicago chapter of the American Harp Society. On the faculty of Chicago's Roosevelt University from 1981 to 1984, and taught harp, piano, and composition from 1985 forward at the Music Center of San Francisco.

Many of Schuman's compositions and arrangements for harp have been published by Lyon and Healy and International Music Publications, and are widely performed.


1 box (.5 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



The collection is arranged into four series: 1. Ellis Schuman photographs, approximately 1908-2006. 2. Ellis Schuman collection on other harpists, 1940-2006. 3. Ellis Schuman audio recordings, 1980-2001. 4. Ellis Schuman papers on personal career, 1969-2014.

Custodial History

Donated by Ellis Schuman in 2006.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Ellis Schuman; 2006.


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

Processing Information

Processed; Melissa James; May 2011 and Laura Bennion; July 2014.

  • Scores, LPs. Deaccessioned scores include Minuet (from “Berenice” 1737) by G. F. Handel arranged for Harp Solo by Ellis Schuman, Irish Set: The Minstrel Boy, The Foggy Dew, The Girl I Left Behind, Carolan’s Concerto Homage to Geminiani arranged and edited for all harps by Ellis Schuman, Mouvement Classique for Harp (1999) by Ellis Schuman, Two Sinfonias from “Saul” (1738) by G. F. Handel arranged and realized by Ellis Schuman includes Carillon Sinfonia and David’s Harp Interlude, Three Encores from the Late Baroque for Harp arranged and edited by Ellis Schuman, Two Little Suites for a Musical Clock by Handel arranged for non-pedal or pedal harp by Ellis Schuman, Handel on Occasion: A Collection of Handel’s Dramatic Music arranged for the Harp by Ellis Schuman, Invocation: Eili, Eili: A Traditional Jewish Melody freely arranged for Harp by Ellis Schuman, Carolan’s Concerto: Homage to Geminiani by Turlough Carolan revised and edited for all harps by Ellis Schuman, Second Little Suite for a Musical Clock by G. F. Handel arranged for non-pedal or pedal harp by Ellis Schuman, Little Suite for a Musical Clock by G. F. Handel arranged for non-pedal or pedal harp by Ellis Schuman, Gavotte from “Semele” (1743) by G. F. Handel arranged by Ellis Schuman, Cashel of the Kings: Three Irish Impressions for Harp (with or without pedals) by Ellis Schuman, Triumphal March from “Scipione” (1726) by G. F. Handel arranged by Ellis Schuman, The Minstrel Boy: An Old Irish Air arranged for all harps by Ellis Schuman. Deaccessioned LPs include Marcel Grandjany in Recital, Ain't Misbehavin' by Jack Nebergall, An Evening at Town Hall with Mildred Dilling and her harp.
Register of Ellis Schuman collection
Melissa James
2011 May 3
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