Collection of Cecil B. DeMille recordings

Collection of Cecil B. DeMille recordings

Dates: circa 1958

Contains two CD copies of a radio transcription disk made by the Armed Forces Radio and Television Service. The first CD contains two broadcasts: track one is a broadcast of the Salt Lake City Tabernacle Choir from November 9, 1958 (RED 586), and track two is an excerpt from a speech by Cecil B. DeMille on the Ten Commandments given at the University of Southern California and distributed by the Trojan Digest program (IED 626). The second CD contains only the address by DeMille.

  • Extent: 1 folder (0.01 linear ft.)
  • Creator: DeMille, Cecil B. (Cecil Blount), 1881-1959. -- Mormon Tabernacle Choir. -- United States. Armed Forces Radio and Television Service
  • Call Number: MSS 3203
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; Motion Picture Archive; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84606;
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
Languages and Scripts
Materials are in English.
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Collection of Cecil B. DeMille recordings must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Custodial History
Copies made by the Harold B. Lee Library, circa 2005.
Acquisition Information
Copied from original; Harold B. Lee Library; 2005.
Subject Terms
Media and Communication; Music; Religion in motion pictures
Genre / Form
Compact discs; Sound recordings
Ten commandments (Motion picture : 1956)
Processing Information
Processed; Jeffrey Mahas; 2012.
Appraisal Information
Producers/Directors/Production Companies Collections (Guide to the Arts & Communication Archives, 2008).
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Finding Aid Title
Collection of Cecil B. DeMille recordings
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Jeffrey Mahas
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2012-02-03T14:38-0700
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Biographical Info:

Administrative History

The Armed Forces Radio and Television Service (1954-1969) was a unit of the United States Department of Defense.

With the advent and growing popularity of television, the Armed Forces Radio Service was redesigned and renamed the Armed Forces Radio and Television Service (AFRTS) to incorporate this new media. The purpose of this organization was to provide American news and media programming to United States military personnel stationed abroad. In 1969 the name of this organization was again changed to American Forces Radio and Television Services.

Administrative History

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir (1852-) is a religious choral group based in Salt Lake City, Utah.

At the dedication of the adobe tabernacle in 1852, the Mormon choral group which frequently sang at General Conferences of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, adopted the name of their new home and became the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. The nucleus of this choir came from a group of eighty-five Welsh converts under the direction of John Parry, who came to the Salt Lake Valley in 1849. The choir continued to perform at ecclesiastical and civic functions throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, including several national and international tours. In 1929, the choir began airing a weekly radio broadcast, which continues today as Music and the Spoken Word. The choir is currently led by music director Mack Wilberg (2008-). Previous directors included John Parry (1852-1854), Stephen Goddard (1854-1856), James Smithies (1856-1862), Chalres John Thomas (1862-1865), Robert Sands (1865-1869), George Careless (1869-1880), Ebenezer Beesley (1880-1889), Evan Stephens (1890-1916), Anthony C. Lund (1916-1935), J. Spencer Cornwall (1835-1957), Richard P. Condie (1957-1974), Jay E. Welch (1974), Jerold Ottley (1974-1999), and Craig Jessop (1999-2008).

Biographical History

Cecil B. DeMille (1881-1959) was an American motion picture producer and director, considered the archetype of the American film mogul. His 70 films reflect changing American tastes and values, and he was particularly noted for his multimillion-dollar spectacles.

Cecil B. DeMille was born on August 12, 1881, to Henry Churchill de Mille and Matilda Beatrice Samuel de Mille. DeMille started acting on Broadway in 1900, and by 1913 he joined a film studio partnership which would eventually become Paramount Pictures. DeMille had a long and storied carrier as a filmmaker and directed several epic films, such as the Ten Commandments (1956). DeMille died on January 21, 1959.

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