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Summerhays, Margaret, 1884-1983



  • Existence: 1884 - 1983


Margaret Summerhays (1884-1983) was a Latter-day Saint musician and music educator active in Utah during the 20th century.

Margaret Summerhays was born in Salt Lake City, Utah on January 12, 1884, to Joseph William Summerhays and Mary Melissa Parker. At an early age she showed a talent for singing and spent most of her life studying, teaching, and performing music. She graduated as a soloist from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston in 1916 and obtained a B.A. in music from Brigham Young University in 1936. During the course of her career she taught singing privately, and at the McCune School of Music, Brigham Young University, Frederick Haywood's School in New York, and the L.D.S. School of Music under Cecil Gates. She performed extensively throughout Utah and Idaho and directed many church choral groups. She also served from 1921 to 1922 on the General board of the Young Ladies Mutual Improvement Association and the General Church Music Committee of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS). She died October 4, 1983.

Family Search, Via WWW, December 14, 2022 (Margaret Summerhays; b. Jan. 12, 1884; d. Oct. 4, 1983)

DeseretNews, Via WWW, January 10, 2023 (“Summerhays: A Pioneer Legacy”; Mother, Mary Melissa Parker; Father, Joseph William Summerhays; Studied Teaching, and Performance, Graduated from New England Conservatory; Went to school at Brigham Young University; Taught singing privately; Performed throughout Utah and Idaho; Board of Young Ladies Mutual Improvement)

Found in 11 Collections and/or Records:

Margaret Summerhays biographical papers, 1879-1972

Identifier: MSS 1415 Series 1
Scope and Contents

The biographical information includes a short diary and two scrapbooks. The scrapbooks also include correspondence, memorabilia, a patriarchal blessing, and materials pertaining to her parents.

Dates: Other: 1879-1972

Margaret Summerhays correspondence, 1897-1973

Identifier: MSS 1415 Series 2
Scope and Contents

Correspondence covers the years 1897 to 1973 and includes, in addition to finished, dated letters, undated Christmas cards with messages inscribed.

Dates: Other: 1897-1973

Margaret Summerhays financial records, undated

Identifier: MSS 1415 Series 9
Scope and Contents

The financial records which were returned to the donor are represented in a folder which contains a sampling of checks and lesson account records.

Dates: Other: undated

Margaret Summerhays memorabilia, circa 1936

Identifier: MSS 1415 Series 8
Scope and Contents

Memorabilia includes theatre programs covering the period 1917-1967, guidebooks and memorabilia pertaining to travels, printed verses and newspaper clippings.

Dates: Other: circa 1936

Margaret Summerhays papers from her teaching career, undated

Identifier: MSS 1415 Series 5
Scope and Contents

The professional associations section comprises materials pertaining to various clubs and organizations in which she participated.

Dates: Other: undated

Margaret Summerhays papers on education, undated

Identifier: MSS 1415 Series 4
Scope and Contents The section on her education and career primarily consists of teaching and class notes and related materials and correspondence pertaining to home study courses, as well as a partial list of her former students. Where clearly identifiable as such the materials were arranged under the series of materials on education and the series consisting of items related to her teaching career. Because of the fragmentary nature of many of the notes, it was often difficult to tell whether they were...
Dates: Other: undated

Margaret Summerhays papers regarding professional associations, 1925-1968

Identifier: MSS 1415 Series 7
Scope and Contents

The professional associations section comprises materials pertaining to various clubs and organizations in which she participated.

Dates: 1925-1968

Margaret Summerhays programs, 1922-1964

Identifier: MSS 1415 Series 6
Scope and Contents note From the Collection: The collection consists of some of the papers accumulated by Margaret Summerhays during the course of her life. They primarily document her education, career, and travels. There is very little autobiographical information in the form of journals and writings.When received by the library, some of the papers were in a condition which made them impossible to clean thoroughly. The scrapbook pertaining to her trip to Europe in 1936 was dismantled and its contents integrated into the...
Dates: Other: 1922-1964

Margaret Summerhays writings, circa 1927

Identifier: MSS 1415 Series 3
Scope and Contents

Her writings include musical scores, notes for talks, and a draft of a published article entitled Education Through Music.

Dates: Other: circa 1927

Margaret Summerhays papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1415

Collection includes brief biographical writings, scrapbooks, correspondence, teaching materials, a sampling of financial records and memorabilia.

Dates: 1879-1973

Additional filters:

Archival Object 9
Collection 2
Music -- Instruction and study -- Utah 10
Musicians -- Utah 10
Women musicians -- Utah 10
Music 7
Latter Day Saints -- Songs and music 6