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Music, papers, and photographs relating to the career of PSU music professor Paul Carlson.

Paul Carlson (1932-2019) was born to Rev. Carl Carlson and Ava B. Carlson in Chicago, Illinois. Throughout his childhood he played violin for the school ensembles including Roosevelt Middle School and Chicago Christian High School. After graduating high school in 1950, he immediately began pursuing his bachelors of music at the Chicago Conservatory of Music. After receiving his diploma in 1954, he taught at the Messiah College is Harrisburg, Pennsylvania for two years. In 1957, he received a master’s degree in music from Northwestern University. That same year he married Laura Bond. From 1958 – 1962 he taught at Drury College in Springfield, Missouri and was the concert master of the Springfield Symphony.

In 1962, he earned his Doctorate of Musical Arts from the Conservatory of Music of the University of Missouri at Kansas City. In 1965, he joined the faculty at the Kansas State College of Pittsburg. He founded the Waddill Chamber Music Competition and helped establish the Waddill Scholarship Program. He was a member of Phi Mu Alpha (honor music fraternity), first violinist in the Faculty String Quartet and served as a chair member in the Timmons Chapel Series. He served as a co-chairperson in the Kansas-Paraguay Partners. He was the first American musician to be invited to teach and perform in the Hanoi National Conservatory of Music, Vietnam after the Vietnam War. He also taught and performed in England, South Korea, Taiwan, The Peoples Republic of China, and India.

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.4 linear foot

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SpC MS 0242

Carlson, Paul, Papers, 1944-2013

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