Ken Darby papers

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Ken Darby papers

Dates: 1929-1992

Contains a large collection of recorded audio materials, including Ken Darby's personal collection of 12" and 7" records; Musical scores for film soundtracks and personal compositions; cassette tape duplicates of the work of J. C. Thomas; scrap books and photograph albums,; correspondence; published literature; collection of award nomination and recognition certificates; three Academy Award statuettes; programs, books and magazines; a record player and electronic composing aid; and a videocassette of Ken Darby's eulogy.

  • Extent: 2 oversize boxes (2 linear ft.). -- 24 cartons (24 linear ft.). -- 6 boxes (3 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Darby, Ken
  • Call Number: MSS 3337
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; Arts & Communications Archives; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602;
  • Access Restrictions: Preliminarily processed; access with permission from the Supervisor of the Arts and Communications department of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections.
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Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Ken Darby 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: MSS3337; Ken Darby papers; Arts and Communications Archives; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following Citations: MSS3337, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Bequeathed in Ken Darby's will after the time of his death in 1992.
Acquisition Information
Donated; 1992.
Other Finding Aids
Item-level inventory available online.
Subject Terms
Darby, Ken--Archives; Composers--United States--Archives; Hebron (Neb.); Material Types; Motion picture music; Motion picture music--United States--History and criticism; Motion pictures; Music--History and criticism--20th century
Genre / Form
Audiotapes; Awards; Letters; Long-playing records; Photographs; Programs; Sound recordings
Processing Information
Processed; Elizabeth West; October 2006.
Appraisal Information
Arts and Communications.
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
Darby (Ken) papers
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Elizabeth West
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2014-03-16T04:35-0600
Finding Aid Language
Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008
Biographical Info:

Biographical History

Ken Darby (1909-1992) was a vocal performer, coach, supervisor, arranger, condutor, and musical scorer. He worked on many motion pictures and composed "Love Me Tender" and acted as Elvis Presley's vocal coach.

Kenneth Lorin Darby (1909-1992) was born in Hebron, Nebraska. He was a vocal performer, coach, supervisor, arranger, conductor and musical scorer for many motion pictures. In 1929, he became a member of the vocal group The King's Men, who performed on the radio show "Fibber McGee and Molly" and in many motion pictures. He worked with Disney as a vocal director and song writer, and with 20th Century Fox as a studio associate to Alfred Newman. He composed "Love Me Tender" and acted as vocal coach to Elvis Presley. He was the author of Hollywood Holyland and worked on many of the most popular films of the 1940s and 1950s. These included: The Robe, The Greatest Story Ever Told, and South Pacific, winning Academy Awards for Camelot, The King and I, and Porgy and Bess.

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Curator - Arts & Communications Archives