The collection was donated to SMU by Mrs. van Katwijk, an accomplished pianist and composer, over the course of several years, beginning in 1974. Her husband, Dr. Paul van Katwijk, was associated with SMU from 1918 to 1955, serving as Dean of Music and as head of the Piano Department. He also served as conductor of the Dallas Symphony from 1925 to 1936. Of considerable importance is their collection of over 100 autographed letters and manuscripts, many of well-known composers and musicians, including Debussy, Mahler, Rachmaninov, Rossini, and others.
Image: Signature from letter by Claude Debussy, n.d., Paul and Viola van Katwijk Collection