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Karl Kroeger papers

Identifier: CoU-AMRC-50

Scope and Contents

Papers of Karl Kroeger (b. 1932), composer, musicologist, librarian; B.Mus., B.Mus.Ed., M.Mus, University of Louisville, M.S. University of Illinois, Ph.D., Brown University; Head, University of Colorado Music Library (1982-1994); Curator, American music Collection, New York Public Library (1962-1964); Composer-in-residence, Oregon Public School Systerm (1964-1967); Director, Moravian Music Foundation (1972-1980); Visiting Lecturer, University of Keele (1980-1981). Includes composition manuscripts, arrangements and critical editions, concert programs, and research materials related to Kroeger's numerous musicological publications. Also includes recordings and correspondence. Of related interest is the large collection of early American tune books and hymnals, housed in Special Collections, Norlin Library (list of titles available separately and in the collection).


  • Creation: 1949-2004


The collection is open for research.

Usage Restrictions

Copyright is not held by the American Music Research Center. Requests to publish materials should be directed to the copyright holder.

Biography of Karl Kroeger

Composer, musicologist, and librarian Karl Kroeger was born in Louisville, Kentucky on April 13, 1932. He holds five degrees: a B.M. (54), B.M.Ed. (58), and M.M. (59) from the University of Louisville, a M.S. (61) from the University of Illinois, and a PH.D. (76) from Brown University. From 1962-64 he was curator for the American Music Collection at the New York Public Library. He has been composer in residence for the Oregon Public School System (1964-67), Director of the Moravian Music Foundation in Winston-Salem, North Carolina (1972-80), Visiting lecturer at the University of Keele, England (1980-81), and Head of the University of Colorado Music Library (1983-1994) until his retirement.

He has three published books: A Moravian Music Sampler, The Worcester Collection of Sacred Harmony and Sacred Music in America, 1786-1803, and The Complete works of William Billings, in addition to numerous articles for periodicals. He has received numerous awards and grants, such as the Ford Foundation Grant, a Mellon Fellowship from the American Antiquarian Society, a Senior Research Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Moramus Award from the Moravian Music Foundation. As a composer, his works have been performed by the Oklahoma City Symphony Orchestra, the Walden String Quartet, and other national ensembles. In 1971, his Divertimento for Concert Band received first place in the ABA-Ostwald Band Composition Contest.

After his retirement in 1994, he continued to do research and publish articles on early sacred music.


57 linear feet (95 boxes)

Language of Materials



Music compositions are arranged by instrumentation

Physical Location

Housed in the American Music Research Center

Acquisition history

Donated by Karl Kroeger


The collection is added to on an irregular basis by the donor.

The Karl Kroeger papers, 1949-2004
An inventory of holdings at the American Music Research Center
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Christopher Shannon, Cassandra M. Volpe
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Finding aid written inEnglish.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Colorado Boulder Libraries, Rare and Distinctive Collections Repository

1720 Pleasant Street
184 UCB
Boulder Colorado 80503 United States