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Barbara W. Lepke-Sims collection on the American Harp Society

Identifier: MSS 8698

Scope and Contents

Contains papers on Barbara Lepke-Sims's membership and leadership in the American Harp Society (AHS) from 1981-2015 in addition to audio recordings and papers from her personal career from 1980-2014. The papers on her time with the AHS include correspondence, meeting minutes, agendas, reports, newsletters, fliers, and surveys that reflect her work as chairman of the 1988 25th National Conference in Denver, CO, as president of the Mile High Chapter at various times from 1982-2006, as chairman of the Long Range/Strategic Plan committee from 1996-2014, and as a member and/or Chairman of the Board from 1995-2015. Some of the significant themes represented in these papers include the AHS's website, goals, finances, conferences, and the American Harp Journal. Also includes materials from Barbara Lepke-Sims's personal career include audio recordings, music scores, articles, programs, and fliers, ranging from 1980-2015.


  • 1981-2015


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 Barbara Lepke-Sims collection on the American Harp Society must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Barbara W. Lepke-Sims (born 1953) is a professional harp player and administrator for the American Harp Society.

Barbara Lepke-Sims grew up in Summit, New Jersey and started playing the harp when she was 12-years-old. In 1975 she graduated with honors with a Bachelor in Music Education from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She went on the receive a Master of Music degree from Juilliard in 1978, a Certificate in Theology from the Denver Seminary in 1982, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1986. In 1978 she moved to Denver, Colorado and worked as a full-time professional harpist and adjunct professor of harp at Colorado State University and Colorado Acadamy from 1978-1991. From 1991 on she has worked as a teacher and part-time freelance harpist. Recordings from her personal career include "Barbara Weiger" in 1980, "Bell and Lepke: The Denver and Harp Duo" in 1989, "The Lamb: A Christmas Suite for Voice(s) and Harp" by John Kuzma in 1998, and "Music for the Heart: Soothing Melodies to Comfort Your Soul" in 2011. She has also worked as an administrator for the American Harp Society since 1986, holding positions such as Chairman of the Board, Mid-Western Regional Representative, a 1st Vice President, a member fo the Executive Committee, president of the Mile High Chapter, and Chairman of the organization's 1988 25th National Conference in Denver, Colorado.


4 cartons (4 linear ft.)

1 box (0.5 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Arranged in five series: 1. American Harp Society strategic planning reports, 1996-2014. 2. National Conference records, 1981-1988. 3. Mile-High Chapter records, 1982-2006. 4. American Harp Society chair records, 1995-2015. 5. Barbara W. Lepke-Sims sound recordings and other material, 1980-2014.

Custodial History

Donated by Barbara Lepke-Sims in 2015.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Barbara Lepke-Sims; February 2015.


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

Processing Information

Processed; Kaelin Cowley; April 2015.

Register of Barbara W. Lepke-Sims collection on the American Harp Society
In Progress
Kaelin Cowley
2015 April 22
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