William Colvig Papers

Charles Hanson, Kate Dundon
University of California, Santa Cruz
1156 High Street
Santa Cruz 95064

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.

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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.

Box 1

Letters to Family September 25, 1934 – December 6, 1937

Box 2

Letters to Family January 5, 1938 – December 13, 1939

Box 3

Letters to Family January 5, 1940 – December 30, 1941

Box 4

Letters to Family January 1, 1942 – November 27, 1943

Box 5

Letters to Family January 3, 1944 – May 15, 1945

Box 6

Letters to Family May 17, 1945 – December 2, 1962

Box 7

Letters to Family with South American Trip letters to Ingolf and Etta Dahl January 18, 1963 – July 29, 1968

Box 8

Letters to Ingolf Dahl September 7, 1955 – January 27, 1958

Box 9

Letters from Ingolf Dahl September 4, 1955 – December 27, 1956

Box 10

Letters from Ingolf Dahl January 1, 1957 – December 13, 1959

Box 11

Letters from Ingolf Dahl February 6, 1960 – July 17, 1970

Box 12

William Colvig and Ingolf Dahl – Artifacts, photographs, Ephemera, Programs, Reviews

Box 13

Letters from Star Colvig and other family members

Box 14

Colvig Family History with genealogy, childhood letters, high school, college

Box 15

Letters from siblings to Mother, typed copies of letters from William from WWII and South America

Box 16

Letters and manuscripts from John Edmunds

Box 17

Letters to others: Political, sociopolitical, and environmental. Letters to William from friends and colleagues

Box 18

Tuning schemas, notes from Harrison, passports, diaries from Alaska, articles, memorials

Box 19

Artifacts: small tools, tape measures, political buttons, small knives, etc.

Box 20

Remainder of calendar diary, additional photos and carbons of typed letters

Box 21

Two large folios with calendar/diary

Box 22

One large folio with calendar/diary