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The book of gold

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 7590

Scope and Contents

Contains the music and lyrics for the 2-act opera "The Book of Gold," written for the 2005 celebration of Joseph Smith Jr.'s birth. The opera lyrics were written by Glen Nelson, and the music was written by Murray Boren. It was performed at Brigham Young University, and tells part of the story of Joseph Smith.


  • 2005


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 book of gold must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Glen Almon Nelson (b. 1961) is a poet and librettist in Utah.

Glen Almon Nelson has written three operas, two cantatas, and five sets of art songs with Murray Boren. His poetry and essays have been published in Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought and in Silent Notes Taken. As director of Mormon Artists Group, he has published twelve projects with nearly seventy-five Mormon artists which have been acquired by private collectors and public institutions worldwide.

Biographical History

Murray Boren (b. 1950) is a composer and educator in Utah.

Murray Boren received his B.M. and M.M. from Brigham Young University and his D.M.A. at City University of New York. He served as acting department head and Lecturer in Music at the University of Nsukka College of Education in Uyo, Nigeria from 1979-1980, before returning to teach composition and theory at Brigham Young University (BYU) from 1980-1984. He spent the next decade in administrative duties at City University of New York and then New York University. Boren returned to BYU in 1994 where he is an instructor of composition and theory, and since 1999, was Composer in Residence.


2 folders (0.20 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Materials left in original order.

Custodial History

Donated by Kristina Fife in 2008.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Kristina Fife; 2008.


Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (21st Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy 5.VII, August 2007).

Processing Information

Processed; Elizabeth Ballif, student processor, and John Murphy, Curator; 2010.

Register of The book of gold
Elizabeth Ballif, student processor, and John Murphy, Curator
2010 June 8
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