Peter G. Czerny collection

Peter G. Czerny collection

Dates: approximately 1930-1985

16 and 35mm release prints and answer prints of and relating to the LDS Motion Picture Studios (and the BYU Motion Picture Studios) from approximately 1930-1985. The films were created for educational, missionary-related, and other purposes. They describe the cultural and religious history of the Latter-day Saint faith in the 19th and 20th centuries.

  • Extent: 156 film boxes (39 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Czerny, Peter G., 1941. -- Christensen, T. C.. -- LDS Motion Picture Studio
  • Call Number: MSS 8663
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; Motion Picture Archive; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602;
  • Access Restrictions: Access to original film only with permission of Curator, Motion Picture Archive.
Languages and Scripts
Technical Requirements
Patron use restricted to reference DVD only. Please see the director of reference services for any exceptions. For assistance finding a DVD please contact the arts and communications curator.
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Peter Czerny collection 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 8663; Peter Czerny Collection; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 8663, LTPSC.
Custodial History
The majority of films in this collection were created by BYU/LDS motion picture studios. Peter Czerny, an employee there, collected films when they were discarded by the studio and donated them to BYU in 2015.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Peter Czerny; 2014.
Subject Terms
Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; Performing Arts; Motion picture studios; Church music--Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Church work--Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Mormon Church--Education; Motion pictures; Czerny, Peter G., 1941-; Christensen, T. C.; LDS Motion Picture Studio
Genre / Form
Motion pictures
Processing Information
Collection is arranged alphabetically by film title. No original order.
Appraisal Information
LDS Motion Picture Production. BYU Motion Picture production. 20th century LDS Filmmakers in the West. Motion pictures (Motion picture archives).
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
Czerny (Peter) Collection
Finding Aid Author
Mary-Celeste Ricks
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2017-02-25 21:15:42 -0700.
Finding Aid Language
Biographical Info:

Biographical / Historical

Peter G. Czerny (1941-) is a Mormon film editor in Utah.

Peter G. Czerny was born in Guben, Germany, in 1941 to Mormon converts. Following World War II, he and his family lived in what became East Germany until 1952, when his family escaped into West Germany. A year later they moved to Clearfield, Utah. Czerny served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Austria and also spent two years in the armed forces. He graduated from the University of Utah, and in the early 1970's was employed at the Brigham Young University Motion Picture Studio in Provo, Utah as a film editor. He also hosted the KBYU-FM radio broadcast "The Rare Beethoven."

Biographical / Historical

Tom C. Christensen (1953-) is an LDS American filmmaker in Utah.

He was born in 1953 and grew up in Layton, Utah. He studied filmmaking at Brigham Young University and at the University of Utah. He has made many films about the prophet Joseph Smith and has made many other films associated with Mormonism and the West.

Biographical / Historical

LDS Motion Picture Studios (1953) is a motion picture production company owned and operated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The company was founded in 1953 as the BYU Motion Picture Studios, but later separated from the University and in 1991 became LDS Motion Picture Studios, a directly operated function of the LDS church. The studios produce films for missionary work, educational purposes, home and family use, and other church-related purposes.

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