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Ruth Papalia papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSS 7855

Scope and Contents

This collection contains materials collected by Ruth Papalia including news clippings, photographs, concert programs, tax records, and correspondence ranging from approximately 1926 to 2001.


  • appromately 1926-2001


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

Biographical History

Ruth Papalia is a prominent harpist who has served in numerous positions for the American Harp Society.

Ruth Wickersham Papalia was born in Quakertown, Pennsylvania. At age nine, she started taking harp lessons from Mildred Biehn Johnson. By the time she was in high school, she was studying under Edna Phillips, the first harpist of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Ruth went to the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and studied harp under Lucy Lewis. For the summers she was in college, Ruth went to study with Carlos Salzedo at his Summer Harp Colony. She joined the Angelaires Harp Quintet and toured the United States and Canada. In 2004, Ruth, along with Lucy Scandrett and Jan Bishop formed The Three of Harps, a trio that performed over twenty concerts together. She has served on the Board of Directors of the American Harp Society and has also served as the Secretary, Treasurer, and Chairman of the Society.


1 box (0.5 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Original order of the collection has been maintained.

Custodial History

Donated by Ruth Papalia in 2001.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Ruth Papalia; 2001.


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

Processing Information

Processed; Lynzi Phillips; 2011.

Register of Ruth Papalia papers
In Progress
Lynzi Phillips
2011 May 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