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Don L. Earl professional papers, 1953-1978

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 7836 Series 1
Contains opera files from his time overseeing and directing the opera program at Brigham Young University, music seller files, symphony orchestra programs, workshops, convocation addresses, newspaper clippings, correspondence, and other administrative materials that were collected during his time as a professor of music at Brigham Young University, 1953-1978.


  • 1953-1978

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Open for public research.

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It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Don L. Earl papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.


5 cartons

1 folder

Biographical history

Don L. Earl (1917-1997) was a professor of music at Brigham Young University.

Don Lee Earl was born on August 19, 1917, to Ira Joseph and Ada Lovisa Leavitt Earl. He grew up in Las Vegas and served as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Bern, Switzerland, before being transferred back to the United States with the outbreak of Word War II. During the war he served as a Navy flight instructor and a light bomber pilot. He married Ruth Lillian Moss on October 22, 1944, in Texas.

He graduated from Brigham Young University in music and received his PhD from Indiana University. He taught music and religion at BYU for 35 years. He conducted many choirs, operas, and symphonies, and ran the BYU Opera Workshop. He was the music director for the Utah Valley Opera in the late 1960's. He was a member of and served as president for the Provo branch of the American Federation of Musicians Union for twenty years. He was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in several church positions.

Earl died on September 7, 1997, in Provo, Utah.


Retained in its original order.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States