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American Harp Society records

Identifier: MSS 8756

Scope and Contents

Contains scrapbooks from 1969 to 2019 documenting the American Harp Society's activities, including conferences, summer institutes, competitions, concert artists, Anne Adams Awards, Lifetime Achievement Awards, Chapter of the Year Awards, the Board of Directors, and the 50th Anniversary Celebration in 2012. Scrapbooks contain photographs, programs, clippings from the American Harp Journal, and the 1969 by-laws and constitution. Also contains American Harp Society event programs from 2006 to 2019, twelve placards of the AHS founding board members, and three conference posters. Materials dated 1969 to 2022.


  • approximately 1969-2022


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 use material from this collection must be obtained from Reference Services at

Biographical / Historical

The American Harp Society is a non-profit organization of harpists that was founded in 1962. While attending the First International Harp Contest in Israel in 1959, Pierre Jamet of France formed the idea for an International Association of Harpists. Pierre formed the French section, and encouraged harpists in other countries to form their own national societies. Marcel Grandjany eventually chaired a founding committee of leading harpists in the United States, and in 1962, formed the American Harp Society. The goals of the society include promoting appreciation for the harp, compositions for the harp, and to improve harp performances. The American Harp Society hosts national conferences featuring concerts, workshops, and lectures, and summer institutes, which focus on student harpists and are held in conjunction with the American Harp Society National Competition. The American Harp Society publishes The American Harp Journal bi-annually, featuring harpist biographies, educational content, and AHS news.


4 boxes (2 linear ft.)

1 half box (0.25 linear ft.)

1 oversize box (1 linear ft.)

3 oversize folders (2 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Arranged in three series: 1. American Harp Society scrapbooks, 1969-2019. 2. American Harp Society event programs, 2006-2019. 3. American Harp Society posters, approximately 2020-2022.

Custodial History

Donated by the American Harp Society in 2022.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; American Harp Society; 2022.


Music Special Collections Policy (2022).

Processing Information

Processed; Karen Glenn, Amanda Crandall, Jamie Wiser, Anne Ashton; 2023.

  • 7 sheets of programs
Register of American Harp Society records
Karen Glenn
2023 April 26
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