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Stanley Chaloupka papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 7801

Scope and Contents

Collection spans the years 1953-2002, and contains the correspondence of Stanley Chaloupka, programs from his performances including the performances with his wife, LP and 78 audio recordings of his music and other famous harpists, one VHS tape entitled "A conversation aith the Cousteaus," and pictures with glass frames.


  • 1952-2002


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

Biographical History

Stanley Chaloupka (1922-2002) was best known as the author of harp scoring, which is a concise guide to writing or arranging music for the harp for composers, arrangers, and harpists.

Chaloupka was born in 1922 in Oakland, California, and started playing the harp at the age of eight. He made his orchestral debut with the San Francisco Symphony at age sixteen, playing Ravel's Introduction and Allegro. He also played with the San Francisco Opera and Civic Light Opera Orchestras. He moved to Los Angeles in 1941 and two years later won his spot with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the age of twenty one and was with them from 1943 to 1983. His wife Paula performed as second harpist with him for many years.

Chaloupka was also very passionate about baseball. He wasn't allowed to be involved in little league because of his harp playing but coached in 1956 and was active in the organization for 35 years. As far as other leadership opportunities that he had, Stanley Chaloupka served as the first president of the Los Angeles American Harp Society chapter.


3 oversize (1.5 linear ft.)

3 cartons (3 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



The original order of this collection has been maintained.

Custodial History

Donated by Lou Anne Neill, Stanley Chaloupka's close friend who was asked to organize the material by Chaloupka's children, donated in 2004.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Lou Anne Neill; 2004.


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

Processing Information

Processed; Sara Ott; April 2011.

Register of the Stanley Chaloupka papers
Sara Stout
2011 May 9
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