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University Archives phonograph collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 5385

Scope and Contents

Collection of phonographs of various sources and sizes. Includes children's educational music, radio programs, sound effects, film scores composed by Max Steiner, General Conference talks, Mormon Tabernacle Choir recordings, theater productions and church radio dramas. Also included are recordings from various genres including Christmas, orchestral, opera, choral, dance, and folk. Collection consists of approximately 700 phonographs.


  • 1901-1981


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 University Archives phonograph collection must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.

Administrative History

The University Archives was established in 1956 and began collecting phonographs early in its history. The phonograph, or gramophone, was the most common device for playing recorded sound from the 1870s through the 1980s. In more modern usage, this device is often called a record player.


8 cartons (8 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Found in the stacks, January 2009.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Found; University Archivist; January 2009.


University history (University Archives collecting policy, February 2010).

Processing Information

Processed; Kayla Quinney; January 2009.

  • 368 phonograph records were identified as not being University Archives-related, and were separate out to be offered to other curators. 78 records were identified by the Curator of Latter-day Saint and Western Americana to be added to the Americana collection. 26 phonograph records related to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Utah, and the American West were identified as duplicates or otherwise not desireable to keep, and were discarded. The other 264 records were to be reviewed by the Curator for Music Special Collections at a later date.
  • The remaining 264 were reviewed for inclusion in Music Special Collections. Those from Capitol Records and movie soundtracks were selected to be retained, totaling 91 discs, and the remaining 173 discs were discarded.
Register of University Archives phonograph collection
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.

Repository Details

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

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo UT 84602 US