Grace Follet papers

Grace Follet papers

Dates: 1889-1985

contain vocal scores for women's voices, vocal scores for mixed choirs, course booklets pertaining to harp instruction, research notes on the history and structure of harp, American Harp Society (AHS) conference booklets, programs and brochures of Follet and other prominent harpists, correspondence, two indexes and two appendixes to the AHS sound recording repository. Collection spans the dates 1927-1985, with publication dates ranging 1889-1959.

  • Extent: 2 boxes (1 linear ft.). -- 1 carton (1 linear ft.)
  • Creator: American Harp Society. -- Follet, Grace
  • Call Number: MSS 7875
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; Music Special Collections; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602;
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
Languages and Scripts
The original order of the collection has been retained.
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Grace Follet papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS 7875; Grace Follet papers; Music Special Collections; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 7875, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated by the American Harp Society in June 2008. Donated by Jeanne Norton in October 2012, she was given the materials from Lucile Jennings who attained them from Grace Follet.
Acquisition Information
Donated; American Harp Society; June 2008. Donated; Jeanne Norton; October 2012.
Subject Terms
American Harp Society; Follet, Grace--Archives; Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; Choirs (Music); Harpists--United States; Research
Genre / Form
Letters; Notes; Pamphlets; Programs
Processing Information
Processed; Melissa James; June 2011. Processed; Melissa James; April 2013.
Appraisal Information
Prominent Harpists, (Section IV International Harp Collection Development Policy January 2011).
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
Follet (Grace) papers
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Melissa James
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2014-01-26T04:22-0700
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Biographical Info:

Biographical History

Grace Weymer Follet (1906-1986) was an astounding harp performer as well as a dedicated mother and teacher.

Despite neither of Grace Follet's parents being musical, they were very supportive of their children's interest in and study of music. At age fourteen, Follet started studying the Harp, and by fifteen she had graduated from high school. A year later Follet moved to New York and begin her study with Carlos Salzedo; she studied with him until she was twenty-one, but they remained close friends for the remainder of their lives.

In the summer of 1930 Follet began work on a harp instruction course entitled "The Four-Year Course in Harp for Credit in High School" that was published by Lyon and Healy and became widely distributed throughout the United States.

Follet was the editor of "Harp News" from 1955 to 1966 and was elected to Board of Directors of the American Harp Society in 1966, serving as National Vice-President and Secretary.

Follet was an avid teacher and continued to teach until her death in 1986; at age eighty-six she had fifteen students and was an adjunct professor at universities.

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