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Overview

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents Note

Arrangement of the Collection

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Series 1: Artwork, 1953

Series 2: Autographs and letters, 1844-1983

Series 3: Biographical and professional information, 1898-1974

Series 4: Correspondence, 1920-1974

Series 5: Family papers, 1888-1950

Series 6: Dallas Symphony Orchestra, 1912-1980

Series 7: Southern Methodist University, 1926-1981

Series 8: Mu Phi Epsilon, circa 1952-1970

Series 9: Van Katwijk Club and Jr. Van Katwijk Club, 1928-1985

Series 10: Clippings, ephemera, manuscripts, programs, publicity, publications, 1908-1980

Series 11: Music manuscripts, circa 1920-1974

Series 12: Music scores, circa 1915-1974

Series 13: Scrapbooks, circa 1890-1970

Series 14: Photographs, circa 1905-1970

Series 15: Artifacts, circa 1905-1960

Southern Methodist University

Paul and Viola van Katwijk papers, 1844-1983:

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Overview

Creator: Katwijk, Paul van, 1885-1974
Title: Paul and Viola van Katwijk papers
Dates: 1844-1983
Abstract: This collection contains the papers of musicians Paul and Viola van Katwijk, prominent contributors to the cultural life of Dallas in the early and mid-twentieth century as well as many letters by well-known composers and musicians of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Dr. Paul van Katwijk served as a faculty member in SMU’s Division of Music from 1918 to 1955 and as director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra from 1925 to 1937. His wife, Viola Beck van Katwijk was a music instructor and composer. It also includes considerable material on the Beck and Van Katwijk families in Berlin, Germany and Rotterdam, Netherlands
Identification: BSC.1990.0003
Quantity: 70 boxes (100 linear feet)
Language: Material is in English,Dutch, German, and French.
Repository: Jerry Bywaters Special Collections, Hamon Arts Library, Southern Methodist University

Biographical Note

Paul van Katwijk was born in Rotterdam in the Netherlands on December 7, 1885. His earliest musical instruction was with George Ryken in Rotterdam; in 1904, after five years of study, he graduated from the Royal College of Music in The Hague. His instructors included Carl Oberstadt (piano), Laurent Angenot (violin), and Henri Volkman (composition). Van Katwijk went on to study composition with William Klatte and piano with Leopold Godowsky at Berlin’s Stern Conservatory (1906-1908). Godowsky, one of the most eminent pianists of his day, became van Katwijk’s chief mentor. Van Katwijk concluded his musical training at the Royal Academy of the Art of Music in Vienna (1908-1911) after Godowsky moved there from Berlin. Through Godowsky, van Katwijk toured as piano accompanist for the noted Belgian violinist Cesar Thompson for nearly three years.

Van Katwijk taught for two years in Europe, including one year at the National Conservatory in Helsingfors, Finland, when he was a colleague of Jean Sibelius, one of Europe’s foremost composers. In a letter of recommendation for van Katwijk, he termed his young colleague "a most outstanding pianist." Van Katwijk moved to the United States in 1912, receiving an appointment as a professor of piano at Christian College in Columbia, Missouri. Van Katwijk only taught there for one year before moving to Chicago to teach at the Sherwood School of Music and Columbia College. He then spent only a year at most in Chicago before being named head of the piano department at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. He taught at Drake for four years and conducted the Des Moines Symphony throughout that time.

In 1918, van Katwijk accepted a position in the piano department of Southern Methodist University in Dallas. After his first year heading the department, van Katwijk was named as Dean of the school of music, serving in that role for the next thirty years. After stepping down as Dean, he returned to head the piano department until retiring in 1955. He had a select number of private students for the remainder of his life, with several of his students going on to accomplished careers in performing and teaching. Van Katwijk inspired such loyalty that his students and former students formed the Van Katwijk Club and Junior Van Katwijk Club, which held competitions and gave scholarships for many years.

Van Katwijk’s time in Dallas also included an eleven-year stint as the (unsalaried) music director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra from 1925 to 1936. In 1933, he conducted the DSO in conjunction with a performance by the noted dance company of Theodore Kosloff; soon thereafter, Kosloff selected van Katwijk’s composition, "Hollandia Suite," for one of his company’s performances at the Hollywood Bowl. In addition to his duties with the DSO, van Katwijk conducted the Dallas Oratorio Society, the Dallas Civic Opera, the Dallas Municipal Chorus, and numerous operas and oratorios at SMU.

Even with his teaching and conducting duties, van Katwijk nevertheless performed frequently, giving recitals across Texas and in cities throughout the U.S., including Los Angeles, Boston, St. Louis, Chicago, and Minneapolis. He was a soloist with the symphonies of the latter three cities as well as with those of Houston and New Orleans.

Van Katwijk was a prolific composer, with over a dozen were published works. "Hollandia Suite" was performed by the Wiesbaden Symphony Orchestra in Germany, and was nationally broadcast over the Netherlands’ most powerful radio station when performed by that nation’s Groningen Symphony Orchestra.

A member of many professional societies and organizations, Van Katwijk received numerous awards, including the Texas Music Teachers Association’s “Teacher of the Year” award (1962) and several teaching awards from SMU. In 1961, the Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam presented a Certificate of Merit to Van Katwijk “who faithfully expressed in his great contributions as a conductor, teacher, composer, and pianist, the ideals of this orchestra and of our country.”

Paul van Katwijk died in Dallas in 1974 at the age of 89.

Viola Beck van Katwijk was born on February 26, 1894 in Denison, Texas; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Max Beck had immigrated to Texas from Germany. The family moved to Dallas in 1911, where Viola soon began teaching piano lessons. She and her sister, Irma, studied piano in Berlin with Richard Burmeister, a former pupil of Franz Liszt. Viola also studied piano and composition with Percy Grainger. At age twenty, she made her solo debut as a pianist with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. She and her brother, Curt (a violinist), toured as two-thirds of “The Beck-Allen Trio” for several years prior to her marriage to Paul van Katwijk on July 15, 1922. She began teaching at SMU in September of 1922. She was a noted published composer and continued as a member of the piano faculty until her retirement in 1955. In addition, Viola and Paul toured extensively as a duo-piano team.

Viola Beck van Katwijk died in Dallas on December 25, 1980 at the age of 86.

Sources:

“Highlights in the Career of Dr. Paul van Katwijk,” biographical files, Paul and Viola van Katwijk papers

Bill Francis Faucett, “A Biographical Study of Paul van Katwijk,’ M.A. thesis, Southern Methodist University, 1987

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Scope and Contents Note

The Paul and Viola van Katwijk collection consists of artwork, clippings, correspondence, documents, ephemera, photographs, publicity, published works, and scrapbooks. In addition to documenting their careers and aspects of the history of SMU and Dallas, the collection includes letters by a number of notable composers of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

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Arrangement of the Collection

The collection is organized into 15 series:
Series 1: Artwork, 1953
Series 2: Autographs and letters, 1844-1983
Series 3: Biographical and professional information, 1898-1974
Series 4: Correspondence, 1920-1974
Series 5: Family papers, 1888-1950
Series 6: Dallas Symphony Orchestra, 1912-1980
Series 7: Southern Methodist University, 1926-1981
Series 8: Mu Phi Epsilon, circa 1952-1970
Series 9: Van Katwijk Club and Jr. Van Katwijk Club, 1928-1985
Series 10: Clippings, ephemera, programs, publicity, publications, 1908-1980
Series 11: Music manuscripts, circa 1920-1974
Series 12: Music scores, circa 1915-1974
Series 13: Scrapbooks, circa 1890-1970
Series 14: Photographs, circa 1905-1970
Series 15: Artifacts, circa 1905-1960

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research use. Appointment with curatorial staff at Hamon Library is required.

Publication Rights:

Permission to publish materials must be obtained from the staff of Jerry Bywaters Special Collections.

Copyright Statement:

It is the responsibility of the user to obtain copyright authorization.

Sensitive Material Statement:

Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications for which Hamon Library assumes no responsibility.

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Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following terms in the Southern Methodist University Libraries' online catalog. Researchers desiring related materials may search the catalog using these terms.
Subjects (Persons)
Katwijk, Paul van, 1885-1974
Katwijk, Viola Beck van, 1894-1980
Van Katwijk family
Beck family
Subjects (Organizations)
Southern Methodist University -- Faculty
Dallas Symphony Orchestra -- History
Mu Phi Epsilon. Dallas Alumnae Chapter
Subjects
Musicians
Places
Dallas (Tex.) – History – 20th century
Document Types
Musical works
Correspondence
Photographs
Photographs
Scrapbooks
Clippings
Artifacts
Occupations
Composers – Texas

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Related Material

Related materials are located in the Bywaters Special Collections of the Hamon Arts Library of Southern Methodist University.

Meadows School of the Arts records, Southern Methodist University Archives, DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University

Paul van Katwijk, 1923-1931, 1953-1958, 1974, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin,

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Paul and Viola van Katwijk Papers, Bywaters Special Collections, Hamon Arts Library, Southern Methodist University.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Viola van Katwijk, 1974

Gift of Viola van Katwijk Estate, 1980

Processing Information

The collection combines two gifts, one by Viola van Katwijk in 1974 to the SMU Archives, and the other by the estate of Viola van Katwijk in 1980 to the Meadows School of the Arts. Many different individuals processed portions of the on the collection over a long period of time, including Sam Ratcliffe, Heather Shaw, Leslie Sookma, Ginger Strand, Ann Marie Willer, and Emily Grubbs. Original order has been maintained as much as possible.

Processed by

Emily Grubbs, 2020

Finding aid written by

Emily Grubbs, 2020.

Biographical Note written by Sam Ratcliffe.

Finding aid encoded by Ada Negraru, 2020.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Artwork, 1953
Boxes 61-63

Contains two plaster casts of Paul van Katwijk’s hand by artist Octavio Medellin, created in 1953 and a plaster copy of Ludwig van Beethoven’s life mask, undated.

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Series 2: Autographs and letters, 1844-1983
Boxes 1-3

This series consists of both personal letters and collected autographs and letters by Paul van Katwijk, primarily of prominent composers and musicians.
Box Folder
1 1 Althouse, Paul, 1945
2 Abell, Arthur M., 1910
3 Barzin, Leon, 1947
4 Bartok, Bella, 1926
5 Bauer, Harold, 1940-1952
6 Bloch, Ernest, 1928
7 Braumgartner, Bernard, undated
8 Bolton, Lawrence, 1924
9 Brailowsky, Alexander, undated
10 Bruneall, Alfred, 1916
11 Burmeister, Richard, 1921
12 Casadesus, Robert, 1950
13 Chapman, S. F., 1973
14 Cherubini, Luigi, undated
15 Chiapuso, Jan, 1937-1938
16 Childe, Cromwell, 1926
17 Cortot, Alfred, 1919
18 Daniel, Erno, 1953
19 David, Hans and Frances, 1967
20 Ditson, Charles H., 1927
21 Delibes, Leo, undated
22 Donington, Robert, 1983
23 Dorati, Antal, 1947
24 Debussy, Claude, undated
25 Donzelli, Domenico, 1844
26 Dupre, Marcel, undated
27 Elaine, Sister M., undated
28 Engel, Carl, 1922
29 Flagstad, Kirsten, undated
30 Fonda, Luella, undated
31 Franck, Cesar, undated
32 Johan, Franco, 1930-1969
33 Friedbierg, Carl, 1948
34 Friskin, James, 1954
35 Fuchs, Lillian, undated
36 Ganz, Rudolph, 1930-1955
37 Gieseking, Walter, undated
38 Godowsky, Leopold, 1917
39 Goulet, Robert, undated
40 Gounod, Charles, 1884
41 Grainger, Percy, 1919
42 Grechaninov, Alexander, undated
43 Grieg, Edvard, undated
44 Griffis, Elliot, undated
45 Hanson, Howard, 1934-1948
46 Harris, Roy, 1946
47 Hartmann, Arthur, 1930-1932
48 Harty, Hamilton, 1936
49 Hess, Willy, 1911 1911
50 Hoffmann, Ernst, 1940
51 Hofmann, Joseph, undated
52 Horowitz, Vladimir, undated
53 Hugo, Victor, 1850
54 Hutcheson, Ernest, 1916-1950
55 Hutcheson, Kathleen, undated
Box Folder
2 1 Karg-Elert, Siegfried, 1932
2 Kennan, Kurt, undated
3 Kindler, Hans, undated
4 Klatte, Wilhelm, 1929
5 Kramer, Arthur L., 1926
6 Kuhrrent, Peter, 1964
7 Kuiler, Kor, 1935
8 Kurenko, Maria, undated
9 Labunski, Wikotr, 1947
10 Lawrence, Mrs., 1926
11 Levine, Josef and Rosina, 1930-1935
12 Lichby, William, 1926
13 Liebling, George, 1939
14 Lieurance, Thurlow, 1936
15 Lively, Katherine Allan, undated
16 Liszt, Franz, undated
17 Luboshutz, Peter, 1937
18 Lucas, Walter, 1949-1963
19 MacDowell, Marian, 1940
20 Macmillen, Frances , 1936-1944
21 Mahler, Gustav, undated
22 Maier, Guy, 1927-1929
23 Mason, Henry L., 1926-1927
24 Massenet, Jules, 1884
25 Medtner, Nikolai, 1926
26 Meisle, Kathryn, 1933
27 Melartin, Erkki, 1912-1913
28 Meyerbeer, Giacomo, undated
29 Mickwitz, Harold von, 1890-1898
30 Myers, Annette H., undated
31 Niemann, Walter, 1934
32 Noordervier, Reddingins A., 1933
33 Ousset, Cecile, undated
34 Pennario, Leonard, 1936
35 Pettis, Ashley, 1925
36 Phillip, Isidore, 1925
37 Piller, Boaz, 1943
38 Poister, Arthur, 1935
39 Pollheim, 1914
40 Press, Michael, 1933
41 Prokofiev, Sergei, 1928
42 Podolsky, Leo, 1941
43 Puccini, Giacomo, undated
44 Rabaud, Henri, 1935
45 Rachmaninov, Sergey, undated
46 Ravel, Maurice, 1929
47 Regnauld, Charles, undated
48 Riemenschneider, Albert, 1937
49 Rijken, George, 1937
50 Rossini, Gioacchino, 1856
51 Rubinstein, Anton, 1880
52 Russell, Anna, undated
53 Saint-Saens, Camille, 1899
54 Samaroff, Olga, 1947
55 Schmitz, E. Robert, 1933-1946
56 Schneevoigt, Georg, 1928
57 Schroeder, Reva Jean, 1953
Box Folder
3 1 Sibelius, Jean, 1915
2 Skilton, Charles, 1928
3 Slonimsky, Nicolas, 1962
4 Spalding, Albert, 1943
5 Stearns, Henry V., 1911
6 Steinway and Sons, 1953
7 Stoessel, Albert, 1938
8 Stokowski, Leopold, 1936
9 Stravinsky, Igor, 1926
10 Tembaur, Josef, 1938
11 Terestchenko, 1910
12 Thomas, Ambroise, 1885
13 Toscanini, Arturo, undated
14 Tovey, Henry, 1929
15 Vanderlinden, C., undated
16 Van Vliet, Cornelius, 1936
17 Venth, Carl, 1927
18 Verdi, Giuseppe, 1854
19 Wagenaar, Johann, 1961-1966
20 Wagner, Friedelind, 1935
21 Wagner, Siegried, undated
22 Wendt, Kurt and Adelaide, undated
23 Whithorne, Emerson, 1934
24 Widor, Charles-Marie, undated
25 Zach, Max, 1915
26-27 Autograph Books
28 Autographed Music Scores

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Series 3: Biographical and professional information, 1898-1974
Boxes 4-7

The series contains 4 boxes of correspondence, programs, ephemera and clippings related to Paul van Katwijk’s life and long career as a composer, conductor, pianist and teacher. It contains one box on Viola van Katwijk, primarily focused on her relationship with Paul van Katwijk. .

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Series 4: Correspondence, 1920-1974
Box 8

This series contains one box of letters to Paul and Viola van Katwijk regarding their professional life, their students, and correspondence from the first and second world wars.

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Series 5: Family papers, 1888-1950
Boxes 9-10

This series includes correspondence, clippings, ephemera, documents and programs relating to the van Katwijk family (primarily in Rotterdam, Netherlands) and the Beck family, particularly Irma Beck, Viola’s older sister and her teacher Richard Burmeister (primarily in Berlin, Germany and Denison, Texas). Items are in English, Dutch and German.

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Series 6: Dallas Symphony Orchestra, 1912-1980
Boxes 11-12

This series includes programs, publicity and correspondence regarding Paul van Katwijk’s long-standing relationship with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.

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Series 7: Southern Methodist University, 1926-1981
Boxes 13-16

This series includes primarily performance programs and some manuscripts on the history of SMU’s School of Music and correspondence.

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Series 8: Mu Phi Epsilon, circa 1952-1970
Box 17

This box contains clippings, documents and correspondence from the Dallas chapter of Mu Phi Epsilon, an international professional music fraternity.

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Series 9: Van Katwijk Club and Jr. Van Katwijk Club, 1928-1985
Box 18

This series contains one box of programs and publicity from the Van Katwijk Clubs, social and performing clubs formed by van Katwijk students.

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Series 10: Clippings, ephemera, manuscripts, programs, publicity, publications, 1908-1980
Boxes 19-26, 60, 69-70

Contains Dallas focused materials and written manuscripts by Paul van Katwijk.

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Series 11: Music manuscripts, circa 1920-1974
Boxes 27-36

Compositions by Paul and Viola van Katwijk.

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Series 12: Music scores, circa 1915-1974
Boxes 37-50

Published scores by Paul and Viola van Katwijk and others.

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Series 13: Scrapbooks, circa 1890-1970
Boxes 51-59, Fixed Shelving

This series contains scrapbooks of Viola Beck van Katwijk, Irma Beck, Paul van Katwijk, van Katwijk family history and others focusing on travel, Mu Phi Epsilon, Southern Methodist University and music students. Of particular note is a Viola van Katwijk scrapbook that includes Franz List photographs and a remnant of wallpaper from Richard Wagner’s home.

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Series 14: Photographs, circa 1905-1970
Boxes PS 1-7

This series contains 7 boxes of photographs, slides and negatives, many of Paul and Viola van Katwijk and Southern Methodist University, but most unidentified.

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Series 15: Artifacts, circa 1905-1960
Boxes 64-67

These objects contain a wide variety of items such as commemorative coins, conducting batons, walking sticks, plaques and cigarette holders, and a carved wooden shoe owned by Paul van Katwijk.

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