Personal papers of Waldemar and Marjory Geltch
Waldemar Geltch was the head of the Violin Department in the School of Fine Arts at the University of Kansas from 1922 to 1949, and continued to teach until his retirement in 1953. This collection contains correspondence, personal items, journals, and a large photograph collection from both he and his wife, Marjory.
- 1883 - 1953
- Geltch, Waldemar M., 1883-1961 (Person)
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Biographies of Waldemar and Marjory Geltch
Waldemar Geltch was born in Le Seuer, Minnesota, in 1883. Geltch studied under numerous renowned violin teachers and served as the chair of the violin departments at the University of South Dakota and the University of Wisconsin, where he earned the distinction of being the first violinist to broadcast a concerto, Vieuxtemps No. 4, over a University of Wisconsin radio station, WHA, in 1922.
That same year, Geltch joined the faculty of the University of Kansas as the chair of the violin department. Over his career Geltch traveled widely, playing concerts in all but three states and conquered an extensive repertoire of 38 concertos. He toured extensively in Europe in 1939, leaving for America the day before Hitler invaded Poland.
Marjory Geltch was an economist who worked as a civilian for the military in post-War Europe. Waldemar Geltch retired in 1953 and died in 1961. Marjory continued to live in Lawrence after his death and worked as a business consultant. She died in 1992.
1.5 Linear Feet (2 boxes)
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Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift, Watkins Community Museum of History, 2005.
- Guide to the Waldemar and Marjory Geltch Collection
- Personal papers of Waldemar and Marjory Geltch
- Finding aid prepared by ad, 2005. Finding aid encoded by ad, 2005. Finding aid revised by mwh, 2021.
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Personal papers of Waldemar and Marjory Geltch, University Archives, PP 430, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas