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William Frese scrapbook, 1885-1893

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Finding aid prepared by Laura A. Hess


William Frese scrapbook




University of Kentucky Special Collections


The scrapbook is arranged chronologically.

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open to researchers by appointment.

Preferred Citation Note

62M171: [identification of item], William Frese scrapbook, 1885-1893, University of Kentucky Special Collections.


0.1 Cubic feet

1 volume


William Frese was born near Hanover, Germany, and emigrated to America in 1873. He settled first in St. Louis, remaining there for two years. He then moved to Louisville, Kentucky in 1876, where he lived until 1886, when he married Mary Wagner and moved to Boston. Frese returned to Louisville and established his own music school, the W.M. Frese Piano School, with his brother Gustav in 1888. The Frese brothers partnered with violinist Henry Burck in 1889 and the name of the school changed to the Frese-Burck Music School. Frese was a graduate of the Leipsic Conservatory of Music in Germany. He played the organ for Warren Memorial Presbyterian Church in Louisville for many years. Frese died at sea on July 2, 1894 on the passage to Europe.

Kleber, John. E. "Music Schools." The Encyclopedia of Louisville. 2001. Web. 2 September 2011.

Scope and Content

The William Frese scrapbook documents the professional music career of William Frese from 1885-1893 in Louisville, Kentucky. Items include newspaper clippings about Frese's performances, from newspapers such as the Louisville Courier-Journal, The Lousiville Times, and the Allgemeiner Anzeiger, the German language newspaper from Louisville, as well as program bulletins from various musical performances. The scrapbook is kept on the remains of an unknown business ledger.


  • Scrapbooks.
  • Frese, Mary Wagner
  • Music--Performance--Kentucky.

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