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Alice May Brewer Saily papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 8032

Scope and Contents

Materials include a short biography of Alice May Brewer Saily, and her slide photographs from her travels around the world. The materials are dated approximately 1945-2010.


  • approximately 1945-2010


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 Alice May Brewer Saily papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Alice May Brewer Saily (1919-2010) was a Mormon government worker, opera singer, linguist, and music teacher.

Alice May Brewer Saily was born on Januray 13, 1919, in Globe, Arizona, one of 15 children of parents John Hurum and Catherine Alvira Webb Brewer. She spent most of her growing up years in Mesa and Tempe, Arizona, where she attended school, graduating from Mesa High School.

In 1944, she served as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to the Midwestern States Mission. After returning from her mission, she went to New York City, where she worked for the United States government. She served with the Diplomatic Corps in England, Germany, Holland, France, Japan, and in Alaska. She lived or traveled to many countries in Europe, as well as Japan, Israel, and Russia. She had a talent for learning languages quickly, and spoke them with perfect pronunciation.

Alice had a beautiful voice with an exceptional vocal range and was privileged to be able to study from many of the master of voice in both the United States and Europe. She made her opera debut at Carnegie Hall in New York City, and sang with the Metropolital Opera Company and later with the Tokyo Opera Company.

After retiring from government service, Alice worked for the First Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints under Presidents Grant and McKay. She left this work when her mother fell ill, and Alice moved back to Mesa, Arizona to be with her until her death.

In 1967, Alice met and married Walter Andrew Saily. Since they both had a large interest and talent in music, they started a music studio in Tempe, Arizona, where Alice taught both voice and piano. After they retired and sold the studio, Alice and Walt moved to Provo, Utah to be near family. They both became temple workers, and could be found there 5-6 days per week.

Since she had no children of her own, Alice generously donated funds so that her many nieces and nephews could serve missions. She also donated toward building up the Church wherever she lived, including donation to buy a baptismal font for the first Stake in Holland, an organ for a new chapel in Japan, as well as large donations to every ward and branch she lived in.

Alice died on October 19, 2010 in Orem, Utah.


5 folders (0.3 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Donated by Flora Clark in 2012.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Flora Clark; 2012.


Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.VII, 2007).


box 603

Processing Information

Processed; Margaret Weddle, student manuscript processor, and John M. Murphy, curator; 2014.

Register of Alice May Brewer Saily papers papers
Margaret Weddle
2014 February 20
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