Papers Helen Hopekirk, 1880-1945

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Papers Helen Hopekirk, 1880-1945

MS 378


Collection Summary

Creator: Hopekirk, Helen
Collection Name:Helen Hopekirk papers,
Inclusive Dates: 1880-1945
Physical Description:.5 linear feet
Abstract:This collection consists primarily of approximately 250 letters received by Hopekirk from a variety of friends and admirers.
Collection Number:MS 378
Repository: University of Arizona Libraries, Special Collections
University of Arizona
PO Box 210055
Tucson, AZ 85721-0055
Phone: 520-621-6423
Fax: 520-621-9733
URL: http://speccoll.library.arizona.edu/

Biographical Note

Helen Hopekirk (May 20, 1856-November 19, 1945) was a concert pianist, composer and teacher who was born in Scotland. She studied with many well-known artists, including Karl Muck, who later conducted the Boston Symphony, as well as American composer George Whitefield Chadwick. In 1882 Hopekirk married William A. Wilson, who became her manager. Hopekirk traveled throughout Europe, and made her American debut in 1883 with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. One of Hopekirk's most notable works is her edition of Seventy Scottish Songs (1905), which reflects her interest in folk material. She became an American citizen in 1918, and made her last public appearance in 1939 in Boston.


Scope and Content Note

This collection consists primarily of approximately 250 letters received by Hopekirk from a variety of friends and admirers. Most of the letters are in English, some are in French or German. Among these letters are a number of letters from artists Hopekirk studied with, including American composer George Whitefield Chadwick, and E.F. Richter. Many of the letters are regarding Hopekirk's compositions, performances and rehearsals, as well as her travels in Europe and the United States. Included is a letter from Booker T. Washington, in which he thanks her for the books she sent to the Tuskegee Institute.

Also within the collection is a folder of miscellaneous materials. These materials included; press notices, invitations, a performance program, and a certificate from the Library of Congress regarding the donation of autographed scores.


Restrictions

Restrictions

None.

Copyright

It is the responsibility of the user to obtain permission to publish from the owner of the copyright (the institution, the creator of the record, the author or his/her transferees, heirs, legates, or literary executors). The user agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Arizona Board of Regents for the University of Arizona, its officers, employees, and agents from and against all claims made by any person asserting that he or she is an owner of copyright.


Access Terms

Personal Name(s)
Chadwick, G. W. (George Whitefield)
Hopekirk, Helen
Richter, E. F.(Ernst Friedrich)
Washington, Booker T.

Subject(s)
Composers -- United States
Pianists
Women composers


Administrative Information

Credit Line

Helen Hopekirk papers (MS 378). University of Arizona Libraries, Special Collections.


Container List

boxfolder
11 Letters received, 1880-1884
12 Letters received, 1885-1890
13 Letters received, 1891-1899
14 Letters received. Includes letter from Booker T. Washington, 1900-1915
15 Letters received, 1916-1920
16 Letters received, 1921-1925
17 Letters received, 1926-1929
18 Letters received, 1930-1945
19 Letters received, No Date
110 Letters received, No Date
111 Miscellaneous materials. Includes press notices, invitations, a performance program, and a certificate from the Library of Congress, 1899-1919, No Date