Roscoe A. Grover papers

Roscoe A. Grover papers

Dates: approximately 1931-1984

Contains newspaper clippings, radio broadcast programs, reproductions of paintings, correspondence, diary entries, pamphlets, and miscellaneous items. The materials deal with Grover's career as a broadcaster and as an artist. Also includes photographs of Grover, David O. McKay, Spencer W. Kimball, and Marion G. Romney. The collection also contains two scrapbooks containing photographs, newspaper articles, other miscellaneous artifacts documenting Grover and his KSL-TV show "Uncle Roscoe's Playtime Party," and twelve cartoon figures mounted on four pieces of poster board signed "Uncle Roscoe" from the Coffee Shop Hotel in Utah. There are photographs of Grover's son, Paul Grover and 22 copy photographs of paintings by Grover, originally painted in the 1960s and 1970s. Paintings feature persons and scenes from the history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Finally, contains correspondence between Grover and others pertaining to his career and life. Dated 1931-1984.

  • Extent: 1 folio (1.33 linear feet). -- 1 folder (0.01 linear ft.). -- 4 boxes (2 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Grover, Roscoe A. (Roscoe Abner), 1901-1984
  • Call Number: MSS 1452
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602;
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
Languages and Scripts
Arranged in original order.
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Roscoe A. Grover papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS 1452; Roscoe Grover papers; 20th Century Western and Mormon Americana; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 1452, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated by Roscoe Grover in multiple installments in 1978. Part of the materials were transferred to the Photo Archives in 1995. The other portions of the collection were processed with separate collections established for each installment under the following call numbers: MSS 1722, MSS 1809, MSS 3706, and MSS P 171. In 2013 these collections were reintegrated as a single collection.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Roscoe Grover; 1978.
Subject Terms
Grover, Roscoe A. (Roscoe Abner), 1901-1984--Archives; KSL (Television station : Salt Lake City, Utah); Artists--Utah; Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; Broadcasters--Utah; Caricatures and cartoons; Church officers--Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints--Photographs; Correspondence; Fine Arts
Genre / Form
Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.); Letters; Photographs; Posters; Programs; Scrapbooks
Processing Information
Processed; Katie Connors, student processor; John Murphy, curator; 2008. Re-processed and addition added by Kelsey Samuelsen, student manuscript processor, and John M. Murphy, curator; 2013.
Appraisal Information
Utah and American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.VII, 2007). Pertains to a popular artist and radio figure in Utah.
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
Grover (Roscoe A.) papers
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Katie Connors, student processor and John Murphy, curator; 2008
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013-08-23T15:31-0600
Finding Aid Language
Biographical Info:

Biographical History

Roscoe A. Grover (1901-1984) was a Mormon painter and radio personality in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Roscoe Abner Grover was born on July 21, 1901 to Roscoe E. and Amy Bigler Grover in Nephi, Utah. He served as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in New York, where he assisted with the production of the first Hill Cumorah Pageant and the dedication of the Angel Moroni Monument. He graduated the University of Utah and New York University. He also attended graduate school at Columbia University, where he later taught. He married Arlene Harris on September 14, 1934 in the Salt Lake Temple. In 1945 he returned to Utah to manage KSUB in Cedar City, and in 1950 he was transferred to Salt Lake City. He was one of the pioneers of radio in Utah, an announcer of the early Tabernacle Choir broadcasts, and a popular artist and theatre performer. He died on December 12, 1984.

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