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Ursula Curd scrapbooks

Identifier: PPCI-MSS 63

Scope and Contents

(2) scrapbooks of programs, photographs and other memorabilia collected by Curtis alum Ursula Guy Curd (Piano, '26) and her daughter, also a pianist, Ursula A. Curd.


  • 1924-1980


Biographical / Historical

Ursula Guy Curd (1890-1988) was one of 6 African American students to be admitted to the first class of the Curtis Institute of Music in 1924. A public school teacher at the time of her acceptance, Curd listed her reason for applying to the school as a "desire to teach music and too, I want to study it from sheer love of it." During her stay, she studied piano with George F. Boyle.

Curd performed and lectured extensively at large venues and small. She highlighted many American composers, including fellow Curtis alumni such as Samuel Barber and Leonard Bernstein, in her repertoire.

She taught her daughter Ursula A. Curd on piano who also performed in and around Philadelphia. The two were members of the Philadelphia Piano Ensemble, a group originally sponsored by the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, the first sorority established by African American college women.

Ursula was married to Kirksey Louis Curd, a 1912 graduate of Cornell University, and later a practicing physician at the Frederick Douglass Memorial Hospital in Philadelphia.


15 Gigabytes (117) digital image files, (2) digital folders (1 per scrapbook)

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Physical Description

scans of originals
Ursula Curd scrapbooks (MSS 63)
In Progress
Barbara Benedett
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Philadelphia PA 19103 United States