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Bob D. Litterell collection on the harp

Identifier: MSS 8403

Scope and Contents

Contains a portion of Bob D. Litterell's personal collection on the harp from his career as a performer, arranger, composer and collector of harp music. Collection includes Litterell's compositions, arrangements, personal repertoire, papers, photographs and objects connected with the harp. The materials include photocopies and manuscripts of Litterell's published and unpublished transcriptions and compositions, photocopies of music that Litterell used in performing at events, notes and correspondances relating to works, photographs and Litterell's personal collection of objects relating to the harp. The materials dated approximately 1900-2013.


  • approximately 1900-2013


Language of Materials

Materials in English with some scores in Russian, Hebrew, and Arabic.

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 Bob D. Litterell collection on the harp must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Bob D. Litterell (1946-2013) was a Colorado harpist, arranger and composer.

Bob D. Litterell was born on September 10, 1946 in La Junta, Colorado. He studied the harp with Mary Bickford at Wichita State and Susann McDonald in California. Litterell was a soloist with the Kern Philharmonic. He was especially interested in rare harps and harp music, Egyptology and Egyptian culture. He traveled to Egypt to research harp music and visit the Cairo Conservatory. Litterell prepared editions of works by Parish Alvars, Eichner, Holst, Tchaikovsky and many other composers. He was a member a quintet and arranged music for the group. He performed at the Seventh World Harp Congress is Prague in 1999. In 2010 Bob Litterell was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor and died as a result of the tumor on January 30, 2013.


11 boxes (5.5 linear ft.)

7 oversize boxes (11.62 linear ft.)


Arranged in six series: 1. Bob D. Litterell works, 1900-2013. 2. Bob D. Litterell repertoire for the harp, 1900-2013. 3. Bob D. Litterell papers on harp music, 1900-2013. 4. Bob D. Litterell photographs, 1900-2013. 5. Bob D. Litterell collection on the harp, 1900-2013. 6. Bob D. Litterell collection of music for the Orpheus Harp Quintet, 1900-2013.

Custodial History

Mary McEntire and Shirley Cromwell, sisters of Bob D. Litterell, donated the collection to the Archive of the American Harp Society hosted at BYU in March 2013.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Mary McEntire and Shirley Cromwell; March 2013.


Prominent Harpists, (Section IV.a.i. International Harp Collection Development Policy January 2011).

Processing Information

Processed; Jenna Faulkner; March 2014.

  • still needed
Register of Bob D. Litterell collection on the harp
In Progress
Jenna Faulkner and Laura Bennion
2014 April
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