Merrill Bradshaw papers
Scope and Contents
Collection includes (spans the dates 1952-1996) hand-written manuscripts created by Merrill Bradshaw, original scores and parts, published and bound scores such as “Title of Liberty” and “The Restoration”; papers centered around his teaching years such as grade transcripts and class rolls; audio/video recordings that include reel-to-reel tapes, cassette tapes, CDs, video cassettes, and LPs, and correspondence.
- approximately 1952-1989
- Bradshaw, Merrill (Person)
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 Merrill Bradshaw papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Merrill Bradshaw (1929-2000) was a piano teacher at Brigham Young University.
Born June 18, 1929, Bradshaw grew up playing the piano as a child. He had no teacher but would practice on his own and learned popular classical piano solos. In high school he was the student body president and yearbook editor, played the piano in a dance band, was active in sports, and played the bassoon and trombone in the school band. For a piece he wrote he won a prize in the National Scholastic Composition Contest. He went to Brigham Young University (BYU) and studied music under the direction of Dr. John R. Halliday, who later helped Bradshaw get hired at BYU. He taught at BYU for thirty-seven years teaching piano and composition classes. He composed over two hundred musical works, his most famous being The Restoration. His works range from simple piano pieces and songs to symphonies and concertos and to oratorios and pageants. His works have been performed by many regional, national, and international symphonies and choirs, including the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Ralph Laycock, the orchestra conductor, and Ralph Woodward, the A Cappella Choir conductor, premiered many of Merrill's works. He wrote "Letters to a Young Mormon Composer," which is a series of essays. He was always involved in composition projects, sat on the National Composers Forum board, and was the first head of the Barlow Endowment for Musical Composition. He died July 12, 2000.
10 carton (10 linear ft.)
18 box (9 linear ft.)
31 oversize box (46 linear ft.)
The papers are arranged in 3 series: Series 1. Merrill Bradshaw manuscripts and published scores; Series 2. Merrill Bradshaw professional papers; Series 3. Merrill Bradshaw audio recordings.
Donated by Merrill Bradshaw in 1989.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated; Merrill Bradshaw; 1989 (A1989-504).
Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.VII, 2007).
Processed; Megan Furcini; April 2011
Processed; Brian Fletcher; 2011
Processed; Melissa James; March 2012
- Register of Merrill Bradshaw papers
- Megan Furcini
- 2011 April 11
- 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.