A Guide to the Paul van Katwijk Collection, 1923-1931, 1953-1958, 1974
Born in Rotterdam, Holland, on December 7, 1885, Paul van Katwijk studied at The Royal College of Music at The Hague, as well as in Berlin, Germany, and Vienna, Austria. While still living in Europe, van Katwijk became the Head of the Piano Department at the Neustadt an der Hardt Konservatorium, located in Germany, between 1910-1911. Shortly thereafter, he relocated to the United States, becoming a naturalized citizen in 1912. He taught far and wide in the States, including Iowa and Illinois before settling in Dallas, Texas, teaching at Southern Methodist University (SMU) from 1919 until he retired in 1955. Afterwards, he continued to teach students privately at his home.
Van Katwijk also wrote compositions, gave piano recitals all over the world, and served as a conductor for several symphonies, including the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, where he worked from 1925-1936.
Van Katwijk married a fellow SMU faculty member, Viola Beck, who was also a noted pianist and composer. They were married until his death on December 11, 1974. Viola passed away in 1980.
The Paul van Katwijk Collection, 1923-1931, 1953-1958, 1974, is comprised of materials documenting van Katwijk’s work in music education, writing and conducting. This collection includes sheet music for several of van Katwijk's compositions, programs for symphonies he conducted, and biographical materials highlighting his career, as well as photographs, photocopies of obituary clippings, and a transcript of a eulogy given by Willis M. Tate, the President of SMU. This collection also features a selection of Viola Beck van Katwijk’s published compositions.
This collection is open for research use.
Paul van Katwijk, 1923-1931, 1953-1958, 1974, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
This collection was processed by Amanda Reyes, April 2016.
Detailed Description of the Papers