John R. Halliday papers

John R. Halliday papers

Dates: 1887-1987

The collection primarily tracks Halliday’s career in music education at Brigham University; it includes course materials, memory and photo scrapbooks, sheet music, choral instruction manuals, and microfilm recordings of individual student recitals, group concerts, etc. It also includes material from Halliday’s service as President of the Italy Milan mission from 1976-79 (missionary progress and histories, mission correspondence and circulars, addresses given, etc.), as well as other personal and family history items (ancestral missionary journals and histories, WWII/CAP materials, BSA material, memoirs and personal items, etc.), and correspondence.

  • Extent: 4 oversize boxes (4 linear ft.). -- 11 cartons (11 linear ft.). -- 14 media boxes (10.5 linear ft.). -- 3 boxes (1.5 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Halliday, John R.
  • Call Number: MSS 4105
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84606;
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
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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 the John R. Halliday 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 4105; John R. Halliday papers; 19th-20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 4105, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated by John R. Halliday in 1988 and 1989.
Acquisition Information
Donated; John R. Halliday: 1988 and 1989.
Subject Terms
Colleges and Universities; Education; Music; Music--Handbooks, manuals, etc.
Processing Information
Processed; Amanda Clark; 11 July 2007.
Appraisal Information
LDS scholarship (Collection development policy of 19th-20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts, August 2007).
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
Halliday (John R.) papers
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Amanda Clark and Karen Glenn, student processors; John Murphy, curator
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2010-10-07T15:45-0600
Finding Aid Language
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.
Biographical Info:

Biographical History

John Redondo Halliday (1911-) was a graduate from BYU and earned his Ph.D. from the Eastman School of Music.

John Redondo Halliday was born to John Roland and Mary Robinson Halliday on September 8, 1911. Halliday was taught early to love learning and make the best of opportunities given him, and soon discovered his love of sharing knowledge with others as a devotee of the clarinet and the piano. John married Flora Fowlke on June 4, 1931; after serving a mission in Switzerland and Germany, Flora joined him there as he stayed on to enroll at the State Academy in Berlin, Germany, where he learned to favor choral conducting. He went on to earn Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from BYU (1935 and 1936), and a Ph.D. from Eastman School of Music, Rochester, New York, in 1941, the first ever in America to receive that advanced degree in music theory. Soon after graduation, John was employed by Brigham Young University as a full-time professor of music, taking over when Robert Sauer retired in 1943. During the 42 years Halliday spent at BYU, he served as the chairman of the Music Department for twelve years, and as acting Dean of the College of Fine Arts for two, but enjoyed by far conducting musical ensembles and teaching music theory. He participated in and directed numerous small ensembles, and served as the co-director of a study abroad program to Salzburg, Austria. Halliday, father of Noel, Carol, Mary and Ruth, retired in July 1976. He and Flora served a mission for the LDS Church, presiding over the Italy Milan mission from 1976-1979.

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