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Williamson Family Papers

Identifier: D037


Karen Williamson was a professional dancer with the American Ballet Theatre. Maxine Williamson, her mother, was a ballet instructor in Denver, and Waldo Williamson taught at the Lamont School of Music.

Karen was Denver native who trained with Lillian Cushing and was a soloist with the Denver Civic Ballet.


  • 1950-2007



7 Linear Feet ((7) record boxes)

Scope and Contents

5 boxes containing an assortment of intermixed dance and family related photographs, programs, music, newspaper clippings, correspondence, etc. (1910-1998) related to the performing and teaching careers of Karen Lowell Williamson (1941-2007), her mother: Maxine Lower Williamson (1908-1998), Denver ballet teacher: Lillian Cushing McFarlane (1901-1975) and her associate: Martha Faure Carson (1900-1972). 1 box and 1 plastic trash bag containing items from Waldo Williamson (1904-1996), professor ermeritus at the Lamont School of Music. Waldo Williamson materials include the script (by DU Journalism Professor Russell Porter), piano score and orchestra parts for the Porter-Williamson folk opera, "Silverheels" (ca. May, 1954), as well as a various drafts and typescripts for Williamson's book: "The Structure of Homophonic Music" (1962-1969, 1987). There is also a single 33 1/3 rpm recording and musical score for "Passacaille for Solo Woodwinds and Band" by Willilam T. Gower (possibly a student of Waldo Williamson?) and other fragments of music generated by Waldo Williamson and his students (ca.1950's-1970's).

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and Archives Repository

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