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Alice Chalifoux papers

Identifier: MSS 7835

Scope and Contents

This collection contains materials collected by Alice Chalifoux. Dates range from approximately 1924 to 2008. Includes photographs, news clippings, concert programs, correspondence and greeting cards, and certificates and awards. It also contains materials from the Salzedo School and various ephemera like a cross-stitched pillow.


  • approximately 1924-2008


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

Biographical History

Alice Chalifoux (1908-2008) was an influential harpist who studied under Carlos Salzedo and later ran his harp school in Camden, Maine.

Alice Chalifoux was born in 1908 in Birmingham, Alabama. Her mother, Alice Hallé Chalifoux, was a harpist and taught her from a young age. Alice continued to study the harp through local schools and then went on to study under Carlos Salzedo at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. A few years after Salzedo began teaching students during his summers in Maine, Alice became his assistant. When Salzedo died in 1961, he left Alice his house and school. She continued to run and teach at Salzedo's Harp Colony every summer until its end in 2002. While in concert seasons, Alice performed and traveled with the Cleveland Orchestra. She participated from 1931 to 1974 and was the only female member for her first twelve years. She met John Rideout and in 1937 they were married. He died in 1951 and left her to raise their daughter, Alyce Rideout, alone. In 1991, Alice was awarded both an honorary doctorate of fine arts degree at Bowdoin College and was recognized as an artist-teacher by the American String Teacher Association. Two years later, she was awarded an honorary doctorate of musical arts by the Cleveland Institute of Music. Alice was always going, and even at her old age she never retired. She continued to teach and even established the Alice Chalifoux Scholarship Fund in order to help aspiring harpists. She died in 2008 at age 100.


4 oversize items (2 linear ft.)

21 cartons (21 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



This collection has been arranged into two series: 1. Alice Chalifoux personal papers, circa 1924-2008; and 2. Salzedo School records, circa 1924-2000.

The original order of the collection has been maintained.

Custodial History

Materials collected by Alice Chalifoux. Her daughter Alyce Rideout inherited the materials upon Alice's death in 2008 and donated the collection in 2009.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Alyce Rideout; 2009.


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

Processing Information

Processed; Lynzi Phillips; 2011.

Register of Alice Chalifoux papers
Lynzi Phillips
2011 May 17
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