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John R. Halliday papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 4105

Scope and Contents

The collection primarily tracks Halliday's career in music education at Brigham Young University. It includes course materials, memory and photo scrapbooks, sheet music, choral instruction manuals, and microfilm recordings of individual student recitals, group concerts, etc. It also includes material from Halliday's service as President of the Italy Milan mission from 1976-1979 (missionary progress and histories, mission correspondence and circulars, addresses given, etc.), as well as other personal and family history items (ancestral missionary journals and histories, WWII/Civil Air Patrol materials, photographs, Boy Scouts of America material, memoirs and personal items), and correspondence. Materials dated 1887 to 1987.


  • 1887-1987


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 the John R. Halliday papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.

Biographical History

John Redondo Halliday was born to John Roland and Mary Robinson Halliday on September 8, 1911. Halliday was taught early to love learning and make the best of opportunities given him, and soon discovered his love of sharing knowledge with others as a devotee of the clarinet and the piano. John married Flora Fowlke on June 4, 1931; after serving a mission in Switzerland and Germany, Flora joined him there as he stayed on to enroll at the State Academy in Berlin, Germany, where he learned to favor choral conducting. He went on to earn Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Brigham Young University (BYU) (1935 and 1936), and a PhD from Eastman School of Music, Rochester, New York, in 1941, the first ever in America to receive that advanced degree in music theory. Soon after graduation, John was employed by Brigham Young University as a full-time professor of music, taking over when Robert Sauer retired in 1943. During the forty-two years Halliday spent at BYU, he served as the chairman of the Music Department for twelve years, and as acting Dean of the College of Fine Arts for two, but enjoyed by far conducting musical ensembles and teaching music theory. He participated in and directed numerous small ensembles, and served as the co-director of a study abroad program to Salzburg, Austria. Halliday--father of Noel, Carol, Mary, and Ruth--retired in July 1976. He and Flora served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, presiding over the Italy Milan mission from 1976-1979. Halliday passed away November 26, 1987, in Sandy, Utah.


4 quarto (3 linear ft.)

21 cartons (21 linear ft.)

16 media boxes (12 linear ft.)

16 boxes (8 linear ft.)

1 microfilm box (0.5 linear ft.)

4 ledger boxes (2 linear ft.)

12 oversize boxes (12 linear ft.)

1 oversize folder (0.3 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Arranged in four series: 1. John R. Halliday music papers, approximately 1955-1985. 2. John R. Halliday audiotapes, approximately 1950-1985. 3. John R. Halliday mission papers, 1976-1984. 4. John R. Halliday personal papers, 1887-1987.

Custodial History

Donated by John R. Halliday in 1988 and 1989.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; John R. Halliday; 1988 and 1989.


LDS scholarship and historiography (20th century Western and Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.III, 2007).

Processing Information

Processed; Amanda Clark; 2007.

Register of John R. Halliday papers
Amanda Clark and Karen Glenn, student processors; John Murphy, curator
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