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William F. Hanson papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 299

Scope and Contents

Indian opera productions composed by Hanson, musical scores, research material, and scrapbooks and photos based on ceremonies and music of the Ute Indians of Colorado and Utah. Operas included are: "Sun Dance," produced in New York City, 1938, "Bear Dance," and "The Bleeding Heart," a white man's fantasy of an imaginary Indian people who lived at the base of Mount Timpanogos in Utah.


  • 1913-1962


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 William F. Hanson papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

William F. Hanson (1887-1969) was a specialist in music of the American Indians, composer, and teacher of music at the Brigham Young University.


11 boxes (5.5 linear ft.)