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Ruth Negri papers

 Collection — Carton: 1
Identifier: MSS 7817

Scope and Contents

This collection contains materials collected by Ruth Negri ranging from approximately 1950 to 1988. It includes video and audio recordings of some of her performances, publications promoting the harp and educational institutions, and news clippings of Ruth and her students.


  • approximately 1950-1988


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

Biographical History

Ruth Negri is a retired harpist who studied with Marcel Grandjany at Juilliard and played for the New York Philharmonic.

Ruth Negri was born in San Diego, California. She started piano lessons at age four and was eleven when she started the harp. In addition to the harp, she played the double bass because of the scarcity of orchestral harp parts. In high school, Ruth played both harp and bass in the San Diego Symphony. By age sixteen, she was harp soloist with the Los Angeles NBC Orchestra as a finalist in the Hollywood Bowl Auditions of the Air. Ruth studied under Marcel Grandjany at the Juilliard School of Music and graduated in 1950 as a winner of the prestigious Damrosch Scholarship. Ruth was the principal harpist of the New York City Ballet Co. when she graduated in 1950 and continued for nine years. She joined the New York Philharmonic in 1969 and retired in 1997. Ruth married Ben Armato, a retired clarinetist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. She has taught at Williamsburg Settlement House, Manhattan School of Music, and privately. In addition, Ruth was adjudicator of the American Harp Society from 1962 to 1988.


1 carton (1 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Original order of the collection has been maintained.

Custodial History

Donated by Ruth Negri in 2009.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Ruth Negri; 2009.


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

Processing Information

Processed; Lynzi Phillips; 2011.

Register of Ruth Negri papers
Lynzi Phillips
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