Collection on Corianton
Scope and Contents
Collection includes a souvenir program from the film, "Corianton," produced by Lester Park, and scene stills, pubicity photographs and clippings originally in three albums, dated 1930-1931. Also contains three reels of the original 16mm motion picture film, dated 1931, two 2007 D5 videocassette reproductions, three 2006 and 2007 DVDs of the final restoration demo and audio, and the master file of the 2023 Brigham Young University restoration of the film. Also includes two promotional sheets from Lester Park's project, "The Parade of Progress," dated approximately 1939-1952.
- approximately 1930-2023
- Park, Lester, 1887-1952 (film producer, Person)
Conditions Governing Access
Open for public research.
Conditions Governing Use
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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.
1 box (1 linear ft.)
3 film boxes (3 linear ft.)
1 half box
Language of Materials
Motion picture film, 1-inch videotape (2 tapes) and 1/2-inch videotape (VHS) (1 tape) donated by Bernice Park Spencer, Peggy Scott Card, and Orson Scott Card in 2004. The photo albums were donated in 2006. 3/4-inch videotape, 1/2-inch videotape, and DVD copies of the film, and digital audio tape generated during restoration process provided by Protek Media Preservation in 2006.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Purchased; Pro-Tek Media Preservation; 2006.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated; Bernice Park Spencer, Peggy Scott Card, and Orson Scott Card; 2004-2006.
Arts and Communications.
Processed; Garrett Schroath; 2011.
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.
Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States