Bob D. Litterell collection on the harp

Bob D. Litterell collection on the harp

Dates: approximately 1900-2013

This is a portion of Bob D. Litterell's personal collection on the harp from his career as a performer, arranger, composer and collector of harp music. Collection includes Litterell's compositions, arrangements, personal repertoire, papers, photographs and objects connected with the harp. The materials include photocopies and manuscripts of Litterell's published and unpublished transcriptions and compositions, photocopies of music that Litterell used in performing at events, notes and correspondances relating to works, photographs and Litterell's personal collection of objects relating to the harp. The materials dated approximately 1900-2013.

  • Extent: 11 boxes (5.5 linear ft.). -- 7 oversize boxes (11.62 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Litterell, Bob D. , 1946-2013
  • Call Number: MSS 8403
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; Music Special Collections; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602;
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
Languages and Scripts
Materials in EnglishEnglish with some scores in RussianRussian, HebrewHebrew and ArabicArabic.
Arranged in six series: 1. Bob D. Litterell works, 1900-2013. 2. Bob D. Litterell repertoire for the harp, 1900-2013. 3. Bob D. Litterell papers on harp music, 1900-2013. 4. Bob D. Litterell photographs, 1900-2013. 5. Bob D. Litterell collection on the harp, 1900-2013. 6. Bob D. Litterell collection of music for the Orpheus Harp Quintet, 1900-2013.
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Bob D. Litterell collection on the harp 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 8403; Bob D. Litterell collection on the harp; International Harp Archives; L. Tom Perry Special Collections; Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University.
Custodial History
Mary McEntire and Shirley Cromwell, sisters of Bob D. Litterell, donated the collection to the Archive of the American Harp Society hosted at BYU in March 2013.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Mary McEntire and Shirley Cromwell; March 2013.
Subject Terms
Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; Harp; Orchestral music--Scores
Genre / Form
Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.); Contracts; Harp ensembles, Arranged--Scores and parts; Harp music; Music--Manuscripts; Photocopies; Programs; Scrapbooks
Processing Information
Processed; Jenna Faulkner; March 2014.
Appraisal Information
Prominent Harpists, (Section IV.a.i. International Harp Collection Development Policy January 2011).
Finding Aid Title
Litterell (Bob D.) collection on the harp
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Jenna Faulkner and Laura Bennion
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2014-05-23T09:56-0600
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Biographical Info:

Biographical/Historical note

Bob D. Litterell (1946-2013) was a Colorado harpist, arranger and composer.

Bob D. Litterell was born on September 10, 1946 in La Junta, Colorado. He studied the harp with Mary Bickford at Wichita State and Susann McDonald in California. Litterell was a soloist with the Kern Philharmonic. He was especially interested in rare harps and harp music, Egyptology and Egyptian culture. He traveled to Egypt to research harp music and visit the Cairo Conservatory. Litterell prepared editions of works by Parish Alvars, Eichner, Holst, Tchaikovsky and many other composers. He was a member a quintet and arranged music for the group. He performed at the Seventh World Harp Congress is Prague in 1999. In 2010 Bob Litterell was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor and died as a result of the tumor on January 30, 2013.

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