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Douglas Earl Bush papers

Identifier: MSS 9477

Scope and Contents

Collection of the professional papers of Douglas Earl Bush, a professor of music and organ scholar at Brigham Young University. Contains research documents, such as articles, indexes, correspondence, conference materials, and notes on organ builders, organ music composers, and other organ scholars. Includes correspondence with organ builders about building new organs at Brigham Young University. Also includes research materials collected by Douglas Bush during his travels to study organs in Central and Western Europe and North America, including various publications, notes on organ specifications, postcards, programs, and photographs. Materials dated 1911 to 2012, with the bulk dating from 1963 to 2012.


  • 1911-2012
  • Majority of material found within 1963-2012


Language of Materials

Materials are mainly in English and German, with some Japanese, Chinese, French, and Dutch language materials included.

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 use material from this collection must be obtained from Reference Services at

Biographical / Historical

Douglas Earl Bush was born in Montana on March 1, 1947, to Joe and Phyllis Bush. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees from Brigham Young University in 1972 and 1974. He joined the music faculty there in 1978, and later received his doctoral degree from University of Texas at Austin in 1982. Douglas Earl Bush was a concert organist, composer, and scholar of organ-building history and organ builders. He died October 4, 2013, in Utah.


9 boxes (4.5 linear ft.)


Arranged in four series: 1. Douglas Earl Bush papers on organs visited and played, 1963-2012. 2. Douglas Earl Bush papers on modern-day organ builders, 1980-2004. 3. Douglas Earl Bush conference papers, 1986-2006. 4. Douglas Earl Bush research materials, 1911-2006.

Custodial History

Home office files of Douglas Earl Bush donated to Brigham Young University music librarian Janet Bradford in 2015 and sent to Special Collections in 2021. Original inventory compiled by Judith J. Wright.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Douglas Earl Bush; 2015.


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

Processing Information

Processed; Braeden Lowe; 2021.

  • Maps and souvenir postcards from Europe
Douglas Earl Bush papers
In Progress
2022 March 24
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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