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Despy Karlas papers

Despy Karlas papers

Descriptive Summary

Title: Despy Karlas papers
Creator: Ljungdahl, Despy Karlas
Inclusive Dates: 1937-2010
Language(s): English
Extent: 10 Linear Feet (8 boxes and 79 items)
Collection Number: UA14-077
Repository: University of Georgia Archives

Collection Description

Historical Note

Despy Karlas Ljungdahl was a pianist and music instructor at the University of Georgia's Hugh Hodgson School of Music. She began piano study at the age of eight and went on to earn degrees from The Juilliard School, Douglass College, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She spent her early career performing piano duos with Russian pianist Sergei Barsukoff. In 1946 Hugh Hodgson invited her to join the faculty of the University of Georgia's newly formed department of music where she taught for many decades. In 2003, she established the Despy Karlas Professorship fund to support students and faculty in the field of piano performance. She passed away in 2010 at age 90.

Scope and Content

The collection focuses largely on Despy Karlas's professional career, both as a performer and as a piano instructor at the University of Georgia. Professional files include correspondence, performance programs, notes, and sheet music. Many audio recordings of Karlas's performances can be found in the collection. Some materials related to her personal life, including photographs and slides of travels and family members are also included.

Organization and Arrangement

The collection consists of two series: 1. Papers and 2. Audio Recordings.

Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Though the collection is open for research, the audiovisual recordings do not have reference copies; however, reference copies can be made available upon request. Availability is dependent upon the format and condition of the recordings.

Preferred Citation

Despy Karlas papers, UA14-077, University of Georgia Archives, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Finding Aid Publication

Finding aid prepared on: 2015.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Hodgson, Hugh
Ljungdahl, Despy Karlas
Pianists -- United States.
Piano -- Performance
University of Georgia. School of Music

Related Collections in this Repository

Related collections in the Hargrett Library include the Lucille Kimble papers, UA14-066, and the Hugh Hodgson papers, UA0016.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing


1. Papers

11Pressler, Menakem
12Dodd, Lamar
13Monte Markham
15Reinke, Charlotte
16Joe Causey
17Wadsworth, 1979 October 1-2
18Bufkin, Ernest
110Professional, 1988
112John, Robert (Bob)
113Pryles, Gigi
114Darby, Jenni
115Brown, Reb (Richard)
116Despy Bio
117Dixson, Don
118Sherman, Robert
119Carroll, Dana
120Alexander, Jimmy
121Hokayem, Joey
122Spence, Ralph
123Delk, Jeff
124Davis, Joy
125Tam Henderson
126Retirement Party
128Rosenbaum, Art
129Hugh Hodgson
130Correspondence - Keep
131Frank Liszt Award funded by professorship
132Despy Karlas Award
133Celebration performance and Visual Arts Complex, 1996 April 12-19
134Zimdan, Dick
137Hugh Hodgson
138Thomas, Martha
139Edge, Bob
140Sopkin, Henry
141Thompson, Harold
142Christopher Memorial
143Fan Mail & Personal Notes
144Alexander Technique Goddard Binkley Shirley Broughton
145Damon Denton
148Wittop, Freddy
149Freeman, Joey
150McKissic, Jimmy
151Eicher, Eugene
152Raynor, Shari
153Duncan, Pam
154Parr, Denise (scalin)
155Magoulas, Ross
156Campbell, Patty
158Galis, Leon
159Palmer Dill, Jane
160Ogden, Lynn
162Mintz, George
163Strickland, Daniel (Louis)
164Black, Henry
165Thompson, Jenni
166Whiffen Thoreson, Deborah
167Bryant, Thomas (Tommy)
168Lozier, Joe
169Harris, Troupe Jr.
170Von Maack, Hazel
171Reesman, David
172McCollum, Kay Norton
173Satterthwaite, Mary
174Brandenburg, Jarrott D.
175Harder, Mickey
176Harder, Lillian
177Dolores Artau
178Pittman, John
179Lin, Chai
180Karlas & Barsukoff
181Weaver, Thomas
182NJ College for Women
183Piano Clinics
184Despy Aso
185Chamber Music
186Jahn, Theodore (Ted)
187Polansky, Norman
188Piano Teaching, USA, 1980-1983
189Notes and Sheet Music
190Notes, 1976-1979
191Notes, undated
21Clippings, 1947-1969
23College & Luilliard Publicity, 1937-1944
24Programs, 1946-1950
25Course papers, 1953
212Student Programs, 1975-1976
213Programs Mine & Students, 1976-1977
214General Professional, 1976-1977
215Programs (Mine & Students), 1977-1978
216Professional , 1977-1978
218Programs, 1978-1979
219Professional, 1978-1979
220Programs, 1979-1980
221Programs, Publicity & Students, 1980-1981
222Notes - Various Workshops
223Fan Mail
224Professional Old
225Workshops, lectures, recitals, 1947-1965
228Slides of Greece
229Various Slides
31Passports, 1971-2006
32Juilliard programs and clippings, 1984
33Sympathy correspondence to Lars G. Ljungdahl, 2010 May - June
34Sympathy Letters to Despy Karlas, 1983
35Sympathy correspondence to Lars G. Ljungdahl, 2010 May - June
36Sympathy correspondence to Lars G. Ljungdahl, 2010 May - June
37Despy Karlas funeral guestbook, 2010
1Awards, Certifications and Certificates
2Family photographs, Classic Scene news, and posters
31Harald Saeverud (Peer Gynt), 1950
41Sports and divertissements, undated
32-3An evening with Gerschefski (LP), 1970
34An evening with Gerschefski (LP), 1974
35The piano works of Maurice Ravel (three LPs and one booklet), undated
36Recital (LP-Hodgson and Edge), undated
37In memoriam-Rosita Renard (LP), 1949