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John Mitcheltree papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 7864

Scope and Contents

Collection includes his manuscripts and other public scores, his personal papers, music catalogues, and slides ranging in the years 1950-1993.


  • 1950-1993


Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

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 John Mitcheltree papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

John Russell Mitcheltree (1928-1997) was an organist and choir master all over the world and arranged and composed religious music.

John Mitcheltree married Helen Banzhaf on June 9, 1952 in Denver, Colorado. After attending a school that was located in Shaker Heights, Ohio, and serving in the military, he went to the University of Colorado and received a BA in Philoshopy. He then furthered his education by going to New York University to get an MA in Musicology, and then to the University of Utah to get his PhD in Composition.

His composition for carillon was played at the Vatican Pavilion of the Brussels Worlds Fair. At the time of his death he had just finished composing a group of hymn tune settings for the Anglican Church in South Australia.

In Salt Lake City, he served at All Saints Episcopal Church, Community of Grace Presbyterian, and Christ Lutheran as organist or choir master.

He was a member of the Royal School of Church Music. He founded and directed a Jr. Choir Camp while he was the organist/choir master at the Church of St. Stephen the Martyr-Edina, Minnesota.


8 cartons (8 linear ft.)


The original order of the collection has been retained.

Custodial History

Donated by Helen Mitcheltree, John's widow, in 2001.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Helen Mitcheltree; 2001.


Archives of local organizations with working relations with Brigham Young University, (Section IV.a.i.5 Music Special Collections Development Policy September 2010).

Processing Information

Processed; Sara Stout; June 2011.

Register of John Mitcheltree papers
Sara Stout
2011 June 7
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