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Camilla Urso collection

Identifier: SCU-RBSC-2009-3

This collection is composed of memorabilia regarding the career of violinist Camilla Urso. The items included were separated into series based on the type of item. Included in the collection are correspondence, photographs, and programs for concerts in which Urso participated among other items. Of particular note is the silver laurel wreath presented to Urso by the Metropolitan Liedertafel Melbourne and the published version of an essay Urso wrote about learning to play the violin at the Paris Conservatoire.


  • 1853 - 2011



3 boxes

Biographical / Historical

Camilla Urso was one of the leading violinists of the 19th century. She accomplished this at a time when the violin was not considered to be a suitable instrument for a woman to play. Furthermore, she made the difficult transition from child prodigy to mature artist with a career that spanned more than fifty years and that took place on several continents. During her career she was an advocate for teaching girls and women to play instruments.

Repository Details

Part of the Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections Repository

Ernest F. Hollings Special Collections Library
1322 Greene Street
Columbia SC 29208 USA
(803) 777-3847

Adam Crosby
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