Lowell M. Durham papers

Lowell M. Durham papers

Dates: 1920-1994

Contains sheet music, drafts, and clippings by Durham. Includes sheet music for his pieces, as well as compositions by composer Crawford Gates. Collection also contains several materials related to Durham's book on Maurice Abravanel, his research as well on Mormon musicians, and many newspaper and magazine clippings with news on the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Utah Symphony, and music programs at the University of Utah. Some personal papers are also included, such as notes, personal report cards, and documents on his children. Materials date from between 1920 and 1994.

  • Extent: 1 oversize box (1.66 linear ft.). -- 7 cartons (7 linear ft.). -- 2 folders (0.02 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Durham, Lowell M.
  • Call Number: MSS 8150
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602; http://sc.lib.byu.edu/
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
Languages and Scripts
Arranged in seven series: 1. Lowell M. Durham sheet music, 1945-1990. 2. Lowell M. Durham papers on Utah musicians, 1940-1991. 3. Lowell M. Durham papers on Mormon music, 1920-1993. 4. Lowell M. Durham clippings, 1945-1991. 5. Lowell M. Durham articles and drafts, 1925-1992. 6. Lowell M. Durham academic and personal papers, 1925-1992. 7. Lowell M. Durham ephemera, 1934-1997.
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Lowell M. Durham 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 8150; Lowell M. Durham papers; 20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 8150; LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated by Thomas Durham in 2012 and 2014.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Thomas Durham; 2012, 2014.
Other Finding Aids
A more detailed inventory is available in the case file.
Subject Terms
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Religion; Fine Arts; Musicians--Utah; Mormons--Songs and music; Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; Durham, Lowell M.--Archives; Utah Symphony Orchestra; Abravanel, Maurice; Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Genre / Form
Sheet music; Drafts (Documents); Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.); Letters
Processing Information
Processed; Kelsey Samuelsen, student manuscript processor, and John M. Murphy, curator; 2013.
Appraisal Information
LDS scholarship and historiography (20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy 5.V, August 2007.) Durham was an LDS composer and author, who wrote on many subjects relating to Mormon music and participated in work with the Utah Symphony and Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
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Finding Aid Title
Durham (Lowell M.) papers
Finding Aid Author
Kelsey M. Samuelsen, student manuscripts processor, and John M. Murphy, curator
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2015-04-02 14:27:25 -0600.
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Biographical Info:

Biographical History

Lowell M. Durham (1917-1992) was an Mormon composer and author in Utah, and professor at the University of Utah.

Lowell Marsden Durham was born on March 4, 1917 to George H. Durham and Nellie Marsden in Utah. In 1941, he received his Bachelor's degree from the University of Utah. He also married Betty Dee Divers that year, on April 26, 1941. He then received a Master's degree from the University of Iowa in 1942, and a Ph.D. from there in 1945. His post-doctoral work was completed at Columbia University and New York University. He returned to the University of Utah in 1946 as a faculty member. He served in executive positions on the Music Critics Association and the American Musicological Society, was a music critic for the Salt Lake Tribune, the musical director of KSL, and then Dean of the College of Fine Arts at the University of Utah in 1955. He retired in 1964. He and his wife Betty had three children: Lowell M., Jr., Susan, and Thomas L. Durham died on November 10, 1992 in Salt Lake City.

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