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Gary P. Gillum personal papers, 1959-2016

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2163 Series 4

Scope and Contents

Contains school papers and journals of Gillum. Also contains miscellaneous personal papers from Gillum's time as a Brigham Young University librarian and professor, mission president in California, and papers related to his involvement in community choirs and other music events. The journals include original books and typed manuscripts, and describe Gillum's everyday life, his family, his career, and his involvement in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Materials dated 1959-2016.


  • 1959-2016


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

From the Collection:

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.


16 boxes

5 folders

Language of Materials