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Emma Lucy Gates Bowen papers

Identifier: MSS 3

Scope and Contents

Correspondence, concert programs, music scores, and miscellaneous items. Includes correspondence of Bowen when she was in Germany as an opera singer from 1898 to 1914 and later when she was a voice and music teacher in Salt Lake City, Utah. Also included are letters from her husband, Albert E. Bowen from 1897 to 1923 and Lucy's agent, Catherine A. Bowman. Some of the materials relate to the Lucy Gates Opera Company.


  • 1896-1950


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

Emma Lucy Gates Bowen (1880-1951) was a Latter-day Saint American opera singer.

Emma Lucy Gates Bowen was born on November 5, 1880 to Jacob Forsberry Gates and Susan Amelia Young in St. George, Utah. She was a granddaughter of Brigham Young. She went to Germany to formally study music at age 16, and subsequentally joined several opera companies. In 1915, she formed the Lucy Gates Opera Company with her musician brother, B. Cecil Gates. The following year, she married Albert Ernest Bowen, who was later called as an apostle of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Lucy continued performing until 1948. She died of a cerebral hemorrhage on April 30, 1951.


14 boxes (9 linear ft.)

12 folders (1.90 linear ft.)

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Other Finding Aids

Box-level inventory available online.


19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.


Photographs to photo archives.

Processing Information

Processed; Jamie Wiser; 2023. Updated finding aid to DACS compliance.

Register of Emma Lucy Gates Bowen papers
Under Revision
Garrett Schroath
2011 March 16
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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