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Sidor Belarksy papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 27

Scope and Contents

Contains biographical sketches, photocopies of newspaper articles, letters of appreciation, songbooks, concert programs, music scores, photocopies of photographs, and information concerning the Belarsky Reception sponsored by University Archives and Friends of BYU Library, September 8, 1981.


  • 1900-1981


Conditions Governing Access

Restricted. Closed for 35 years from the date of creation of the records, and thereafter open to the public in accordance with the University Archives Policy.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to use material from this collection must be obtained from Reference Services at

Biographical History

Sidor Belarsky was a Russian Jew and a vocalist. He taught at Brigham Young University as Professor of Music from 1930 to 1933.

Belarsky was born Israel Mosieevitch Lifschitz in Odessa, Russia in 1900. He studied music at Odessa Conservatory, then studied in Berlin. He graduated from the Leningrad State Conservatory and became a member of the Leningrad State Opera Company. Dr. Franklin S. Harris, President of Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, invited Belarsky, who was performing in Moscow, to join the BYU faculty as a professor of music. He taught from 1930 to 1933.

Belarsky went on to present song recitals from coast to coast. In opera, Belarsky was received as leading basso of the Chicago Civic Opera Company, the San Francisco Opera Company, the American Opera Company of Los Angeles, the New York City Center Company, Teatro Municipal in Rio de Janeiro, and the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires.

Belarsky died in 1975 in New York City, New York.


1 oversize box (1.33 linear ft.)

1 box (0.5 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Collection includes biographical information, newspaper articles, songbooks, personal sheet music, letters of appreciation, and recordings (CD).

Other Finding Aids

Unpublished register in repository.

Other Finding Aids

File-level inventory available online.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift; Isabel Belarsky; 1980.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Sidor Belarsky collection was donated to the Harold B. Lee Library by Isabel Belarsky, Brooklyn, New York, 1980.


University history (University Archives collecting policy, February 2010).

Related Materials

Phono discs and record albums transferred to Sound Archives. Photos transferred to Photograph Archives.

Separated Materials

Phono discs and record albums transferred to Sound Archives. Photos transferred to Photo archives.


Gift of Isabel Belarsky, 1980.

Processing Information

Processed; Christine R. Marin; October 1982.

Register of Sidor Belarksy papers
Megan Furcini
2011 May 11
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.

Revision Statements

  • 2008 January 23: Run through GilEAD to correct small errors.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections. University Archives Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo UT 84602 US