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Gary P. Gillum papers

Identifier: MSS 2163

Scope and Contents

Collection consists of professional papers and personal writings of Gillum. Contains office files, correspondence, concert programs, research materials on Hugh Nibley, publications, and personal journals. Included with these are assessments on both Gillum and the History/Religion Department of the Harold B. Lee Library, Gillum's unpublished writings, correspondece and articles written by Hugh Nibley, Gillum's book "Of All Things," school papers and journals from Gillum describing his life and career alongside the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and documentation from BYU to faculty alongside Gillum's correspondence with non-BYU figures. Dated 1926-2016.


  • 1926-2016


Conditions Governing Access

Privacy restricted until 2061; permission to use materials must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Gary P. Gillum papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.

Biographical / Historical

Gary Paul Gillum was born June 12, 1944 in Indianapolis, Indiana, to Paul and Ruth Gillum. Because his father was in the U.S. Air Force, Gillum grew up in several locations throughout the United States, as well as living in Germany from 1953 to 1956. Having been raised in the Lutheran Church, Gillum formed an affinity early on with the Lutheran ministry and music. This led him to study at Concordia College, where he recieved a Bachelor of Pre-ministerial Studies and Classics degree, with a minor in sacred choral music, in 1968. He joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints one year later and married Lyn Ann Ruhland on July 12, 1969. They moved to Provo, Utah, where Gary obtained a Master of Library Science degree from Brigham Young University (BYU) in 1971 and was then hired to be the Foreign Languages bibliographer. Gary and Lyn's two children, Grant and Adina, were born 1971 and 1973, respectively. Lyn, however, died in 1977 of lymphoma. Gary eventually married Elizabeth Bayliss and they had a daughter, Annalyn, in 1979. In 1986 Gary was tragically widowed once again after Elizabeth died of cancer. Gary became the Ancient Studies and Philosophy librarian in 1980, a position he would keep until his retirement. While at BYU Gillum worked closely with Hugh Nibley, eventually publishing a Nibley quote book as well as teaching a class on Nibley. He has sung with the fort Wayne Philharmonic Choir, the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir, the BYU Men's Chorus, the Payson Civic Chorale, and the Utah Baroque Ensemble. He has been married since 1987 to Signe Hale, and the couple served a mission to Anaheim, California, from 2009 to 2010.


48 boxes (24 linear ft.)

1 half box (0.25 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Arranged into five series: 1. Gary P. Gillum professional papers, 1970-2014. 2. Gary P. Gillum research on Hugh Nibley, 1926-2009. 3. Gary P. Gillum publications, 1976-2007. 4. Gary P. Gillum personal papers, 1959-2016. 5. Gary P. Gillum correspondence, 1973-2005.

Other Finding Aids

File-level inventory available online.

Custodial History

Donated by Gary P. Gillum between 1993 and 2023.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Gary P. Gillum; 1993.

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Donated; Gary P. Gillum; 2023.


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

Processing Information

Processed; Mary Downs; 2009.

Processing Information

Processed; Eric Wolford; 2016.

Processing Information

Processed; Itza Mostert; 2017.

  • 1 CD- Jack Townshend, Singing Hits of the Twentieth Century
Register of Gary P. Gillum papers
Mary Downs, student processor, and John Murphy, curator.
2009 October 15
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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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