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Marcus L. and Larena Bach papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2801

Scope and Contents

Collection contains many small booklets describing the life and works of Marcus L. and Lorena Bach. Includes correspondence about Bach's literary works between coworkers and acquaintainces. Some literary works are also included. A packet from a memorial service honoring the Bachs can also be found in the collection. Materials are dated 1989-2003.


  • 1989-2003


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

Biographical History

Marcus L. Bach (1901-1955) was a philosopher, teacher, minister, and author.

Marcus L. Bach was born on December 15, 1901 in Sauk City, Wisconsin. He studied music at the University of Wisconsin from 1920-1922. He then went on to study ordained ministry at the Mission House College and Seminary in Plymouth, Wisconsin from 1924-1925. He married Lorena Otto Ernest on August 19, 1932 in Kansas City, Missouri. In 1936 he attended the University of Iowa and studied playwriting. He published many plays. From 1945-1964 he worked as a professor teaching tolerance and respect for all faiths and other faith related courses.

In 1964 he and his wife moved to Palos Verdes Estates, California to provide an opportunity for both of them to further pursue their interests. Throughout his life he continued to act as a minister and traveled all around the world in order to learn about other religions and cultures. He wrote 46 books covering his experiences.

He passed away on March 26, 1995 in Los Angeles, California.

Biographical / Historical

Lorena Bach (1907-2002) was a photographer.

Lorena Bach was born on October 31, 1907 in South Bend, Texas. Her family moved to Wisconsin where she was raised. She married Marcus L. Bach on August 19, 1932 in Kansas City, Missouri. She received a degree in nutrition from UCLA but her biggest passion was photography. She traveled the world photographing various cultures.

She passed away on September 29, 2002 in Los Angeles, California.


5 folders (0.3 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Items donated by Randy Olsen in November, 2003.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Randy Olsen; 2003.


Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.VII, 2007).

Processing Information

Processed; Catie Freedman, student manuscript processor, John M. Murphy, curator; 2015.

Register of Marcus L. and Larena Bach papers
Rose Frank
10 May 2011
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