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Collection on Corianton

Identifier: MSS 3296

Scope and Contents

Collection includes a souvenir program from the film, "Corianton," produced by Lester Park, and scene stills, publicity photographs and clippings originally in three albums, dated 1930-1931. Also contains three reels of the original 16mm motion picture film, dated 1931, and two promotional sheets from Lester Park's project, "The Parade of Progress," dated approximately 1939-1952.


  • 1930-1952


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 use material from this collection must be obtained from Reference Services at

Biographical / Historical

Daniel Lester Park was born April 27, 1887, in Millcreek, Utah to Allen Thomas Park and Jane Lunn. Lester married Clara Horne on June 11, 1908, in Salt Lake City. They had five children. Lester started work at the Salt Lake Press Brick Company and became a timekeeper. The owner and manager of the Salt Lake Press Brick Company, John P. Cahoon, offered to help Lester set up a business, and Lester chose to become an exhibitor and distributor of motion pictures, eventually opening a motion picture showhouse in Salt Lake City called Nickelodeon. The business failed and Lester moved his family to Denver where he worked for a film company, then soon after became self-employed as a motion picture producer and moved to New York. Lester collaborated with Orestus U. Bean to produce a film adaptation of his stage play, “Corianton,” a story from the Book of Mormon, in 1931. Lester relocated his family to Salt Lake City, then left to serve a mission in to England in 1933. He and his brother, Byron, worked on short educational films called "Parade of Progress." Lester died June 5, 1952, in San Mateo, California.


3 film boxes (3 linear ft.)

1 half box

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Motion picture film donated by Bernice Park Spencer, Peggy Scott Card, and Orson Scott Card in 2004. The photo albums were donated in 2006.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Bernice Park Spencer, Peggy Scott Card, and Orson Scott Card; 2004-2006.


Arts and Communications.

Processing Information

Processed; Garrett Schroath; 2011.

Processing Information

Processed; Karen Glenn; 2023.

  • Corianton VHS, 2 DA-88 audiotapes, 2 digibeta tapes, two U-MATIC tapes, 6 discs, 3 D5 tapes. These were back-ups made from the original film.
Register of Collection on Corianton
Under Revision
Garrett Schroath
2011 April 6
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