George H. Durham manuscripts

George H. Durham manuscripts

Dates: 1904-1970

The George H. Durham manuscripts consist of manuscripts both arrangements and original compositions including religious or sacred music, patriotic songs, and many others done by George H. Durham throughout his life as a composer, conductor and teacher. Collection also contains printed scores owned by George H. Durham, and LP and 78 recordings of Durham's works.

  • Extent: 5 oversize boxes (8.3 linear ft). -- 2 boxes (1 linear ft)
  • Creator: Durham, George H., 1883-1974
  • Call Number: MSS 7967
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; Music Special Collections; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602;
  • Access Restrictions: Open to public research.
Languages and Scripts
The original order of the collection has been retained.
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the George H. Durham manuscripts 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 7967; George H. Durham manuscripts; Music Special Collections; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 7967, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated by Thomas Durham in 2011. Donated by Thomas Durham in 2012.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Thomas Durham; 2011. Donated; Thomas Durham; 2012.
Subject Terms
Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; Music
Genre / Form
Music--Manuscripts; Sound recordings
Processing Information
Processed; Melissa James; October 2011. Processed; Melissa James; November 2012.
Appraisal Information
Noteworthy LDS composer (Section IV. LDS Music Archives Collection Development Policy January 2011).
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
Durham (George H.) manuscripts
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Melissa James
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2014-03-30T04:22-0600
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Biographical Info:

Biographical History

George H. Durham (1883-1974) was a conductor, composer, and studious arranger.

Durham was born in Parowan, Utah in 1883, the son of a pioneer musician by the name of Thomas Durham. Receiving his early education from the Murdock Academy in Beaver, Utah. His musical talent led him to further study in Salt Lake City, Utah under the direction of John J. McClellan, Hugh Dougall, and Tracy Y. Cannon.

In 1913, his small family moved to Boston where he pursued advanced musical studies for the next five years with Charles W. Chadwick, dean of American composers, at the New England Conservatory of Music. He also studied at Boston University and completed summer courses with Archibald Davison and other Harvard University faculty members.

After he returned to Utah in 1918, Durham served as Music Supervisor of the Beaver County Schools. Later he served as Head of the Music Department of the L.D.S. High School and Junior College, directed Men's and Ladies Glee Clubs, large mixed choruses at General Conference, and produced/ conducted annual school operettas with C. Lowell Lees. Durham later studied composition with Arnold Schoenberg at the University of Southern California from 1935-36.

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