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J. Spencer Cornwall papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 3151

Scope and Contents

Collection contains letters, speeches, photographs, and other materials relating to J. Spencer Cornwall's activities and work with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.


  • approximately 1916-1979


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

Biographical History

J. Spencer Cornwall was born on 23 February 1888. He succeeded Anthony Lund as director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in 1935. During his tenure he expanded the choir's repertoire and directed their first European tour in 1955. Under his direction the choir "achieved the warm, homogenous sound that characterized its ensemble for many years." Cornwall passed away on 26 February 1983.


4 linear Feet

Other Finding Aids

Preliminary inventory available in repository.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Carol Madsen; 2005.


Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.VII, 2007).

Register of J. Spencer Cornwall papers
Garrett Schroath
2011 April 20
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