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Rudolf Frick papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 7797

Scope and Contents

This collection contains materials donated by Rudolf Frick, dating from 1986 to 1996. A large majority of the collection consists of files on harpists and other prominent musicians such as Catherine Michel, Carrol McLaughlin, and Alice Giles. Files contain photographs, correspondence, and articles about or by the person on the label. This collection also includes various harp publications and journals that Rudolf was associated with.


  • approximately 1986-1996


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

Biographical History

Rudolf Frick (1939-2007) was known throughout the world as a leading publicist of the harp and founded the International Harp Centre.

Rudolf Frick was born on September 20, 1939, on Lake Constance in Switzerland. He later moved to Dornach, where he studied at Rudolf Steiner's Goetheanum and then worked as an economist, journalist, and a banker. In 1990, Rudolf founded the International Harp Centre in Dornach. He was a talented musician who played the harp, guitar, and violin. He was the publisher and editor-in-chief of Harpa Magazine, which published magazines quarterly in three different languages: English, German, and French. The main content of Harpa consisted of discussion, composition, structure, therapy, and literary uses of the harp. In 2003, the issues were published completely online for subscibers only, and in 2005, Harpa was publihsed fifteen times per year. In addition, he also owned Odilia Publishing, LTD. He was a busy man who had an extensive list of accomplishments. In addition to those previously mentioned, he was also the Vice-President of the Swiss Harp Association. He also created the International Erard Society and in 1994, organized the first Erard Congress at the Michaelstein Institute in Germany. He died January 8, 2007.


7 cartons (7 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



The original order of the collection has been maintained.

Custodial History

Materials collected by Rudolf Frick. After his death, they were in the possession of his parents, Ruth Lussi Frick and Hanspeter Frick. They donated the collection in 2009.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Ruth Lussi Frick and Hanspeter Frick; 2009.


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

Processing Information

Processed; Lynzi Phillips; April 2011.

Register of Rudolf Frick papers
Lynzi Phillips
2011 April 13
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