University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Paul van Katwijk Collection, 1923-1931, 1953-1958, 1974



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Katwijk, Paul van, 1885-1974
Title: Katwijk, Paul van, Collection
Dates: 1923-1931, 1953-1958, 1974
Abstract: 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.
Accession No.: 2016-124
OCLC No.: 950401823
Extent: 1.5 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

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.


Scope and Contents

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.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Katwijk, Paul van, 1885-1974 -- Archives.
Katwijk, Viola Beck van, 1894-1980.
Subjects (Organizations)
Dallas Symphony Orchestra -- History.
Southern Methodist University.
Subjects
Composers -- Texas.
Composers -- United States -- Archives.
Music -- Texas.
Sheet music.
Places
Dallas (Tex.)

Related Material

See also the Mary Bywaters Dance Collection

See also the Paul and Viola van Katwijk Collection at SMU's Central University Library in Dallas, Texas.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

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

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Amanda Reyes, April 2016.


Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

box
4J360 Sheet music composed by Paul van Katwijk
Govette and Air
Kermesse, piano solo, 1953
Valse Mignonne (2 copies)
Two Fantasy Pieces (Kermesse and Barcarolle No. 2), piano solo, 1958
Sheet music for piano, Prelude to 6th Violin Sonata in E Major, composed by Bach
Sheet music composed by Viola Beck van Katwijk
Dusk (on a Texas Prairie), piano solo, 1953
Gamelan, piano solo, 1953
The Jester, piano solo, 1953
The Scissors Grinder, piano solo, 1953
Programs for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, 1930-1931
Photographs of Paul van Katwijk, undated
Biographical materials, 1953 and 1974
Eulogy transcript, 1974
Obituaries (photocopies), 1974
Correspondence regarding Mary McLarry Bywaters, 1923