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Hansen, Harold I., 1914-1992



  • Existence: 1914 - 1992

Biographical History

Harold I. Hansen (1914-1992) was an educator at Brigham Young University.

Harold I. Hansen was born March 10, 1914 in Logan Utah. He acted as director of the Hill Cumorah Pageant for 40 years. He worked at Brigham Young University as head of the Department for Speech and Drama, appointed in 1952. Hansen died unexpectedly on June 13, 1992.

Hansen served a mission in the Eastern States in 1937. There he met and eventually married Betty Kotter in 1940. He graduated from Utah State University with a Bachelors of Science in dramatic arts. He attended graduate school and received his master's degree in Iowa. Afterwards, he worked in dramatics at Utah State University. In 1952, he came to Brigham Young University, appointed by President Ernest Wilkinson as head of the Department of Speech and Drama. Over the course of his entire career, he is estimated to have directed over 250 productions, several of which were simultaneously appearing on Broadway and other professional venues. He is know for his meticulous work and ability to push his productions forward using new technology and inventive ideas.

Found in 14 Collections and/or Records:

Harold I. Hansen papers on Sand in Their Shoes, 1955-1961

Identifier: MSS 1701 Series 3
Scope and Contents

Contains production book and lyrics, budget information, casting information, correspondence, news clippings and material about Don Oscarson, material relating to publicity and promotions, technical state and other correspondence, props for a miniature set, and vocal score.

Dates: Other: 1955-1961

Harold I. Hansen personal papers, 1942-1967

Identifier: MSS 1701 Series 1
Scope and Contents

Contains correspondence, articles on stage magic, and a collection of playbills and theater advertisements from the personal and professional life of Harold Hansen. Includes information on minstrel "blackface" performances, and other materials.

Dates: Other: 1942-1967

Harold I. Hansen sound recordings, 1937-1977

Identifier: MSS 1701 Series 6
Scope and Contents

Contains Hansen's collection of circa 150 reel to reel tapes, including mostly recordings of the Hill Cumorah Pageant sound tracks, and five track tape recorders.

Dates: 1937-1977