Meg Karlin papers, 1850-1990

Overview of the Collection

Karlin, Meg
Meg Karlin papers
1850-1990 (inclusive)
56.26 cubic feet (112 boxes)
Collection Number
American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming
American Heritage Center
University of Wyoming
1000 E. University Ave.
Dept. 3924
Laramie, WY
Telephone: 3077663756
Access Restrictions
Access Restrictions

There are no access restrictions on the materials for research purposes, and the collection is open to the public.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

Meg Karlin was a musician and musicologist and wife of Fred Karlin, composer and author. Born Megan Welles, she met Fred in 1962 and he became the music director for her chamber-jazz quintet, the Meg Welles Quintet. Meg wrote lyrics for some of Fred's songs including "Believe in Me" (1971) nominated for an Oscar. The Karlins were music collectors and Meg also collected books and ephemera of American ethnic groups, recordings, records, and African American and ethnic topical sheet music, drawings, and books.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Meg Karlin papers include a collection of literature that deals with racial and ethnic stereotyping in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. There is a particular interest in ethnic jokes and anecdotes reflected in the collection. Also included is material related to nationality, war involvement, religion, and holidays. The collection contains books, sheet music, cartoons, drawings, albums of postcards, Victorian clip art, and advertisements. Also included are books of Sunday School hymns and instrumental instruction books from the last quarter of the 19th century. In addition there are sound recordings with ethnic content. Also included are a group of cylinder recordings and early phonographic equipment. Ephemera includes a Fred Karlin project book entitled, "Project Tempo" (1965) on a time-saving device and computer-accurate book of charts showing relationships between tempo, timing, and beats based on the speed of 35mm film.

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Preferred Citation

Preferred Citation

Item Description, Box Number, Folder Number, Collection Name, Collection Number, American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Related Materials

Related Materials

There are no known other archival collections created by Meg Karlin at the date of processing.

Acquisition Information

Acquisition Information

Processing Note

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Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Ethnic folklore -- United States.
  • Ethnomusicology -- United States -- Sheet music.
  • Minorities.
  • Race discrimination -- United States.
  • Racism -- United States.
  • Sound recordings in ethnomusicology.

Personal Names

  • Edison, Thomas A. (Thomas Alva), 1847-1931.
  • Karlin, Fred.

Corporate Names

  • Meg Welles Quintet.

Form or Genre Terms

  • Phonographs.
  • Postcard albums.
  • Sheet music.