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Personal papers of Jan Chiapusso

Call Number: PP 24


Jan Chiapusso taught piano in the School of Fine Arts at the University of Kansas from 1934-1960. His collection of personal papers includes primarily personal letters and business correspondence, manuscript pages for his book on 18th century composer Johann Sebastian Bach, photographs, research, publicity materials, sheet music, and clippings from magazines and newspapers.


  • Creation: 1932 - 1961


Language of Materials

English; Dutch; German; French

Conditions Governing Access

Box 2 of the collection is restricted from access. No other access restrictions. Contact staff at or (785) 864-4334 for assistance.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

Biography of Jan Joseph Chiapusso

Jan Chiapusso was born at Gemou, near Semarang, in the Dutch East Indies (now Java, Indonesia), on February 2, 1890. He graduated from the Cologne Conservatory in 1911 and came to the United States in 1916.

Chiapusso first headed the Piano Department at the Bush Conservatory in Chicago from 1921-1931, and was a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Chicago from 1932-1934 before moving to Lawrence, Kansas. From 1934 to 1939, he served as Associate Professor of Piano at the University of Kansas, at which point he was promoted to full Professor. On June 19, 1934, Jan Chiapusso married Beulah C. Hollingsworth, a soprano and music instructor. By 1960, Chiapusso had retired from teaching. He died on August 21, 1969, in Lawrence, Kansas.


5 Linear Feet (5 boxes)

Physical Location

PP 24

Related Materials

The Golden Age of Piano Virtuosi: Ampico Piano Rolls. Sound discs. London: Argo, [1966]. Located at the University of Kansas Music & Dance Library at L-3016.

Chiapusso, Jan. Bach's World. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 1968. Available at Spencer Research Library at Ua C242 and the Music & Dance Library at Ml410.B1 C43.

Guide to the Jan Chiapusso Collection
Personal papers of Jan Chiapusso
Finding aid prepared by lmb, 2010. Finding aid encoded by lmb, 2010. Finding aid revised by mwh, 2017.
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Preferred citation
Personal papers of Jan Chiapusso, University Archives, PP 24, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

1450 Poplar Lane
Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States