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Dewey Owens collection on Carlos Salzedo

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 7763

Scope and Contents

These materials were organized by Dewey Owens for a biography he wrote on Carlos Salzedo, the world renowned harpist who lived from 1885 to 1961. The collection includes correspondence, newspaper clippings, programs, and articles. There are also materials concerning Lucile Lawerence, but not all of her materials are associated with Carlos Salzedo directly. Owens' research also includes magazines, articles, newspaper clippings, photographs, Masters theses, and a list of Salzedo's students. Other materials include annotated magazine articles, an address book, concert scrapbook, National Association of Harpists papers, Salzedo and Lawrence batons, and more correspondence. The collection also includes original manuscripts and arrangements of Carlos Salzedo.


  • 1904-1984


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 the Dewey Owens collection on Carlos Salzedo must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Carlos Salzedo (1885-1961) was a famous American harpist and composer.

Carlos Salzedo was born born April 6, 1885. He was the premier prix winner in two instruments at the Paris Conservatoire when graduating at the age of 16. He moved to New York in 1909 and became the first harpist of the Metropolitan Opera for four years under the direction of Toscanini. He established the Trio de Lutece in 1913 and the Salzedo Harp Ensemble in 1917. He helped Varese organize the International Composers' Guild in 1921. He was also active in ISCM, the Pan American Association of Composers, Pro-Musica, and the New Music Society of California under Cowell's direction. He taught at Juliard and organized the harp department in 1924 at the Curtis Institute of Music. He founded the Salzedo Harp Colony in 1931. He served as President of the American Harp Society and editor of the Eolian Review. He died August 17, 1961.

Biographical History

Dewey Owens (1925-2006) was a harpist and professor at Vassar College in Paughkeepsie, New York.

Dewey Owens was born May 3, 1925, in North Carolina. He first learned to play the violin and then taught himself the piano. He served as a chaplain's assistant in World War II for three years in the US Army. He studied the organ under Parvin Titus at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. He worked as a copyist and assistant to American composer John Hausermann. While working in Europe, he debuted as a baritone vocalist with the Palma de Mallorca Symphony Orchestra. Carlos Salzedo referred Owens to be taught the Harp by Lucile Lawrence. Owens was greatly influenced by Carlos Salzedo's compositions and notations. For thirty years he taught at Vassar College in Paughkeepsie, New York. He wrote a biography on Carlos Salzedo. He died in 2006.


13 boxes ((6.5 linear ft.) )

5 oversize boxes ((4 linear ft.) )

Language of Materials



The original order of the collection has been retained.

Custodial History

Collected by Dewey Owens, who donated the materials to the Harold B. Lee Library Music Special Collections in 2001.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Dewey Owens; 2001.


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

Processing Information

Processed; Brian Fletcher; March 2011.

Register of Dewey Owens collection on Carlos Salzedo
Brian Fletcher
2011 March 1
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