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Philip Greeley Clapp Papers

Identifier: RG99.0128

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Scope and Contents

This collection contains material relating to the professional career of Professor Philip Greeley Clapp, a composer, conductor of symphony orchestras, accomplished pianist, and music instructor. Some Greeley and Clapp genealogy is included in boxes 1 and 6, as well as some documentation of Mr. Clapp's studies at Harvard in box 12.Four scrapbooks of carefully dated newspaper articles are housed in box 12. Mr. Clapp and his father, Henry Lincoln Clapp, authored many of the articles, while others announce their accomplishments. Henry Clapp was principal of Putnam Elementary School in Connecticut during the 1800s, and his theories of elementary education were highly-regarded. Articles dated 1879 to 1918 by the senior Clapp on the topic of education, and his hobby of horticulture in the Boston area, are preserved here.Correspondence in box 6 is primarily with SUI faculty and administrators. Correspondence in box 7 is primarily with administration, yet includes includes more correspondents, who are listed on the folders.


  • Creation: 1879-1992


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This collection is open for research.

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34.25 Linear Feet

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Professor of music, University of Iowa, from 1919 until his death in 1953. Composer and symphony conductor. Compositions, correspondence, and scrapbooks containing newspaper articles.

Method of Acquisition

These materials were transferred to the University Archives from the University of Iowa Music Library in May 1994. Additional oversize box contents notes provided by Amy McBeth, 2010.

Related Materials

Biographical folder, "Philip Greeley Clapp," in Faculty and Staff Vertical Files collection (RG01.0015.003) Biographical folder, "Himie Voxman," in Faculty and Staff Vertical Files collection (RG01.0015.003) Calmer, Charles Edward. "Philip Greeley Clapp: The Early Years (1888-1909)." M.A. thesis, University of Iowa, 1981. Calmer, Charles Edward. "Philip Greeley Clapp: The Later Years (1909-54)." Ph.D. dissertation, University of Iowa, 1992. White, Dorrance Stinchfield. "A Biography of Dr. Philip Greeley Clapp, Director of Music at the State University of Iowa, 1919 -1954," in University of Iowa Historical Papers collection (RG01.0001.003) Compositions by Philip Greeley Clapp are listed in "Philip Greeley Clapp," Holcomb, Dorothy R., Books at Iowa, November 1972 Records of the School of Music (RG06.0024.001)

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Iowa Archives Repository

100 Main Library
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City IA 52242