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  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: University of California, Santa Cruz
    Title: William Colvig papers
    creator: Colvig, William, 1917-2000
    Identifier/Call Number: MS.133
    Physical Description: 12 Linear Feet 22 boxes
    Date (inclusive): circa 1934-2000
    Physical Location: Collection stored off-site at NRLF: Advance notice is required for access.

    Conditions Governing Access

    This collection has not been processed but is open for research.

    Conditions Governing Use

    Property rights for this collection reside with the University of California. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. The publication or use of any work protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use for research or educational purposes requires written permission from the copyright owner. Responsibility for obtaining permissions, and for any use rests exclusively with the user. For more information on copyright or to order a reproduction, please visit guides.library.ucsc.edu/speccoll/reproduction-publication.

    Preferred Citation

    William Colvig Papers. MS 133. Special Collections and Archives, University Library, University of California, Santa Cruz.


    William Colvig (March 13, 1917–March 1, 2000) was an electrician and amateur musician. He was the long term partner of composer Lou Harrison, whom he met in San Francisco, California in 1967. Colvig helped construct the so-called "American gamelan" used in works such as the puppet opera Young Caesar (1971), La Koro Sutro (1972), and the Suite for Violin and American Gamelan (1974).

    Scope and Contents

    This collection contains correspondence from 1934-2000; family genealogy; John Edmunds manuscripts; realia and calendar diary pages.