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Robert P. Manookin

Identifier: MSS 7821

Scope and Contents

Materials consist of manuscript scores written and arranged by Robert P. Manookin. The music is primarily vocal music, both sacred and secular, instrumental arrangements primarily for organ or keyboard, with occasional other orchestrations, and large scale ensemble works. Dated approximately 1935-1997.


  • approximately 1935-1997


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 Robert P. Manookin music manuscripts, scores, and other materials must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Robert P. Manookin (1918-1997) was a prominent LDS composer and BYU faculty emeritus who contributed hymns to the 1985 LDS hymnbook and Children's Songbook.

Robert Park Manookin was born on April 12, 1918, in Salt Lake City, Utah. He graduated from East High School in 1936, shortly after which he was called to serve in the German Austria Mission from 1937 to 1939. Upon arriving home, he married Edna Lucile Burningham in 1940, but that marriage ultimately culminated in a divorce. He later married Helen Adele Haugen in 1965. In terms of his educational history, he received a BA from Brigham Young University in 1955, a Master's in Music from the University of Illinois in 1959, and a doctorate from the University of Utah in 1967. Throughout all of this, he studied with some of the greatest LDS composers: Frank W. Asper, Alexander Schreiner, J. Spencer Cornwall, and B. Cecil Gates. Manookin taught at BYU as a professor of theory and composition until 1980, when he was called to serve a mission in the New Zealand Temple with his wife, Helen. They served three additional missions after: Manila Philippines Temple in 1984, the Sydney Australia Temple in 1989, and England, Leeds in 1993. He was also a member of the General Church Music Committee. Manookin died in Orem in 1997.


9 boxes (4.5 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



The original order of the manuscripts, scores and other materials has been maintained. Arranged into three series: 1. Robert P. Manookin dated manuscripts, scores and other materials, approximately 1953-1996. 2. Robert P. Manookin catagorized manuscripts, scores and other materials, approximately 1951-1997. 3. Robert P. Manookin scores for large ensembles, approximately 1935-1985.

Custodial History

Donated by David R. Manookin, son of Robert P. Manookin, in 1996.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; David R. Manookin; 1996.


Prominent LDS composer, (Section IV LDS Music Archives Collection Policy September 2010).

Processing Information

Processed; Lindsay Weaver; May 2011.

Processed; Clara Compare; April 2014.

Register of Robert P. Manookin music manuscripts, scores, and other materials
Under Revision
Lindsay A. Weaver
2011 May 06
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