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Llewellyn L. Cayvan Collection



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Benefactor to Calvin College Music Department



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Llewellyn L. Cayvan Collection, 1950-1966 | Heritage Hall, Hekman Library

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Title: Llewellyn L. Cayvan Collection, 1950-1966

ID: COLL/036

Primary Creator: Cayvan, Llewellyn L. (1879-1966)

Extent: 1.0 Box. More info below.

Arrangement: Folder level description

Subjects: Calvin College. Department of Music, Saturday Night Student Musicals (Grand Rapids, Mich.), Seely De Waard, Harriet, 1932-1986, Smith Liepitz, Arlene, 1933-1991, String orchestra music

Forms of Material: Music


Chemist with the Hekman Biscuit Company, musician, and benefactor to the music department of Calvin College. The collection includes annotated listings of music for stringed instruments, harmony workbook, annotated music, clippings, biographical files, documents, letters to Harriet (De Waard) Seely and Arlene (Liepitz) Smith in which Cayvan shares his love for music and tells about the Saturday Night Student Musicals.

Biographical Note

Food chemist and music enthusiast, Llewellyn L. (Leo) Cayvan was a generous benefactor to the Calvin College music department.  A native of Boston, Cayvan was born in 1879. Cayvan’s interest in music began at 4 years old when he began to play the violin. He played in the Boston Symphony Orchestra and later in life in the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra. He graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a food chemist. In 1900, Cayvan started his career in the baking business in Chicago. By 1925, Cayvan accepted a position at the Hekman Biscuit Company located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. While living in Grand Rapids, Cayvan became interested in Calvin College’s music program. He became very involved with the music students, even holding Saturday afternoon chamber music sessions at his home. He also donated his instruments and his extensive collection of recordings and sheet music. His late wife, Alice, was also very fond of music playing the viola and timpani. Cayvan passed away in 1966, leaving behind his second wife, Winona.

Subject/Index Terms

Calvin College. Department of Music
Saturday Night Student Musicals (Grand Rapids, Mich.)
Seely De Waard, Harriet, 1932-1986
Smith Liepitz, Arlene, 1933-1991
String orchestra music

Administrative Information

Repository: Heritage Hall, Hekman Library

Alternate Extent Statement: 0.50 cubic ft.

Acquisition Source: Gift of L.L. Cayvan.

Box and Folder Listing

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[Series 1: Benefactor to Calvin College Music Department],
[Series 2: Book],
[Series 3: Photographs],

Series 3: Photographs
Item 1: Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra with Mr. Cayvan, first chair cello
Item 2: Calvin College Orchestra, Cayvan as assistant

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[Series 1: Benefactor to Calvin College Music Department],
[Series 2: Book],
[Series 3: Photographs],

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