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Richard Condie papers

Identifier: MSS 7767

Scope and Contents

This collection includes press clippings from national and local publications highlighting events in Condie's career, especially in relation to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir; photographs, books, and scores annotated and marked by Condie during performance or study; and other personal materials such as a typescript of an oral history given by Condie, circa 1950-1970.


  • approximately 1950-1970


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances.

Permission to publish material from the Richard Condie papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Richard P. Condie (1898-1985) was a prominent Mormon composer, School of Music faculty, and a long-time director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

Richard Palfreyman Condie was born July 5, 1898, in Springville, Utah, and served as the director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir from 1957 to 1974. He graduated from Brigham Young University in 1923, the Boston New England Conservatory in 1928, and attended the Fontainebleau School of Music in France in 1925. On his return to Utah, Condie taught at the McCune School of Music at the University of Utah, achieving professor emeritus status on July 1, 1967. He also taught at Utah State and Brigham Young University. Condie married Blanche Mendenhall in 1923, producing five children, and eventually married Manda Booth in 1963 after Blanche's death. He died in 1985.


4 cartons (4 linear ft.)

3 boxes (1.5 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Arranged into four series: 1. Richard Condie personal papers, circa 1950-1970. 2. Richard Condie photographs, circa 1950-1970. 3. Richard Condie press clippings, circa 1950-1970. 4. Richard Condie choral music, circa 1950-1970.

Custodial History

Donated by Joann Stewart on October 17, 1996.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Joann Stewart; October 17, 1996.


Prominent LDS musician, (Section 4, LDS Music Archives Collection Development Policy September 2011)

Processing Information

Processed; Lindsay A. Weaver; March 2011.

  • Hughes, Rupert. Music Lover’s Encyclopedia. Edited by Deems Taylor and Russell Kerr. Chicago, Illinois: Music Times Company, 1939. Siegmeister, Elie, ed. The Music Lover’s Handbook. New York: William Morrow and Company, 1943. Jones, Archie N. Techniques in Choral Conducting. New York: Carl Fischer, Inc., 1948. (Signed by Condie) Apel, Willi. Harvard Dictionary of Music. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 1950. (Signed by Condie, has an address in it) Wienandt, Elwyn A. Choral Music of the Church. New York: The Free Press, 1965. Goepp, Philip H. Great Works of Music: Symphonies and Their Meaning. New York: Garden City Publishing Co., Inc., 1913. (2 copies, one Signed by Condie) Barzun, Jacques, ed. Pleasure of Music. New York: The Viking Press, 1960. Etherington, Charles L. Protestant Worship Music: Its History and Practice. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1962. (Signed by Jay Welch) Tuggle, Robert. The Golden Age of Opera. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1983. Verdi. Othello: A Lyrical Drama in Four Acts, Vocal Score. New York: International Music Company, 1948. Verdi. Falstaff: A Lyric Comedy in Three Acts, Vocal Score. New York: International Music Company, 1949. (Cover signed by Condie)
  • About 55 scores have already been integrated into the general collection. These can be traced by a 945 search.
Register of the Richard Condie papers
Lindsay A. Weaver
2011 March 3
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States