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Department of Music records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 1226

Scope and Contents

Contains documents outlining different aspects of the Music Department at Brigham Young University. These documents contain outlines of music classes taught at the university, different musical teaching opportunities, how to teach children music, various files on primary and the music department, minutes, and correspondence.


  • approximately 1973-1996


Conditions Governing Access

Restricted. Closed for 35 years from the date of creation of the records, and thereafter open to the public in accordance with the University Archives Policy.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Department of Music records must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the Special Collections Board of Curators.

Administrative History

The Department of Music was established within the School of Arts and Sciences in 1920. It was transferred to the College of Arts and Sciences in 1921, then to the College of Fine Arts in 1925, before becoming part of the College of Arts and Communications in 1964. The department was renamed the School of Music in 1998. Department chairs included Florence Jepperson (1920-1946), Leroy F. Robertson (1946-1948), John R. Halliday (1948-1959), Crawford Gates (1960-1966), A. Harold Goodman (1966-1981), James A. Mason (1981-1983), K. Newell Dayley (1983- 1994), Clyn D. Barrus (1994-1998).


7 cartons (7 linear ft.)

2 oversize folders (0.6 linear ft.)

19 boxes (9.5 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Arranged in eight series: 1. Department of Music records on Mormon music pedagogy, 1973-1996. 2. Department of Music records on music pedagogy, 1973-1996. 3. Department of Music records on piano pedagogy, 1973-1996. 4. Department of Music correspondence, 1973-1996. 5. Department of Music performance groups, 1973-1996. 6. Paul Pollei correspondence, 1973-1996. 7. Department of Music minutes, 1973-1996. 8. Clyn Barrus papers, 1996.

Maintained in the order in which it was received.

Other Finding Aids

File-level inventory available online.

Custodial History

Transferred from Records Management in November 2005, with an additional installment from Music Special Collections, transferred in September 2010.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred; Records Management; November 2005.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred; Music Special Collections; September 2010.


Departmental records (University Archives collecting policy, July 2003).

Processing Information

Processed; Melanie Nef; 2005.

Processing Information

Processed; Kayla Quinney; 2010.

Processing Information

Processed; Jenna Kirchhoefer; April 2015.

Register of Department of Music records
Melanie Nef and Kayla Quinney
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.
Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008

Revision Statements

  • 2009 November 18: GilEADized to correct small errors; update to DACS and CCLA compliance by Nate Smith.
  • 2013 July 22: Biographical history for Paul Pollei updated by Sarah Flinders after his death.
  • 2015 April 2: Addendum made by Jenna Kirchhoefer.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections. University Archives Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo UT 84602 US