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Roy Samuelsen papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 8168

Scope and Contents

Contains personal and professional papers of Samuelsen. Includes newspaper clippings of his numerous vocal performances in operas and oratorios across the country, with pictures of him performing in them. There are also transcripts of his musings about his childhood in Norway and his life since immigrating to the United States. There are letters from his mission with his wife to Alta, Norway, and recollections on his children. Finally, the collection includes CDs of his singing. Includes instructional materials from his teaching years and research from a sabbatical year away from Indiana University. All materials pertain to music, family, and Samuelsen's life. Dated 1960-2010.


  • 1960-2013


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

Biographical / Historical

Roy Samuelsen (born 1933) was a Mormon vocal performer and Norwegian immigrant.

Roy Samuelsen was born in Moss, Norway on June 12, 1933. He attended school there until 1950, when his family immigrated to the United States and settled in Provo, Utah. He attended Brigham Young University until he was drafted into the United States army in 1953, where he served for two years as a Military Policeman in Germany, when he also had the chance to study vocal performance under Joseph Heuler, a performer. He returned in 1955 and married Mary Lou Thorne. He then began working as a sheet metal worker while earning a Bachelor's Degree in music from BYU. In 1961, he was accepted and attended Indiana University's School of Music, where he earned a Masters degree in Music. In 1963, he was given a faculty position and became a full professor of music.

Samuelsen has performed in many venues, from the New York City Opera, Dallas Opera, and the Royal Norwegian Opera. He has sung approximately one hundred opera roles and has recorded several albums. He retired from Indiana University in 1997, after which he and his wife served a mission in Alta, Norway. They have three sons and thirteen grandchildren. They currently live in Bloomington, Indiana.


2 boxes (1 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Maintained in original order.

Custodial History

Donated by Roy Samuelsen in 2013.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Roy Samuelsen; 2013.


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

Roy Samuelsen is a Mormon musician, and his papers relate to his life and career.

Processing Information

Processed; Kelsey Samuelsen, student manuscript processor, and John M. Murphy, curator; 2013. Addition processed by Kelsey Samuelsen, student manuscripts processor, and John M. Murphy, curator; 2013.

Register of the Roy Samuelsen papers
Kelsey Samuelsen, student manuscripts processor, and John M. Murphy, curator.
March 14, 2013
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