Lowell M. Durham articles and drafts, 1925-1992
Scope and Contents
Contains materials written by and collected by Durham related to Utah and Latter-day Saint music and musicians. Most of the material consists of drafts of chapters from Durham's book on Maurice Abravanel, complete with notes and edits. Also contains some research material, including a few clippings and a list of recordings of the Utah Symphony. There are articles written by Durham and others as well, such as his earlier draft of "The Abravanel Years," the article "Pioneer Symphony" by Conrad B. Harrison, and other documents. Some correspondence is included, mostly relating to the book on Abravanel. Materials date from between 1946 and 1990.
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Open for public research.
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Lowell M. Durham (1917-1992) was an Mormon composer and author in Utah, and professor at the University of Utah.
Lowell Marsden Durham was born on March 4, 1917 to George H. Durham and Nellie Marsden in Utah. In 1941, he received his Bachelor's degree from the University of Utah. He also married Betty Dee Divers that year, on April 26, 1941. He then received a Master's degree from the University of Iowa in 1942, and a Ph.D. from there in 1945. His post-doctoral work was completed at Columbia University and New York University. He returned to the University of Utah in 1946 as a faculty member. He served in executive positions on the Music Critics Association and the American Musicological Society, was a music critic for the Salt Lake Tribune, the musical director of KSL, and then Dean of the College of Fine Arts at the University of Utah in 1955. He retired in 1964. He and his wife Betty had three children: Lowell M., Jr., Susan, and Thomas L. Durham died on November 10, 1992 in Salt Lake City.
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A more detailed inventory is available in the case file.
- Abravanel, Maurice, 1903-1993
- Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.)
- Drafts (Documents)
- Durham, Lowell M. -- Archives
- Manuscripts (for publication)
- Mormon Tabernacle Choir
- Mormon authors -- Research
- Mormons -- Songs and music
- Musicians -- Utah
- Sound recordings
- Utah Symphony Orchestra
- Carton: 1, Folder: 5, 7, 14-16 (Mixed Materials)
- Carton: 3, Folder: 2, 6, 8, 12, 18, 24, 26 (Mixed Materials)
- Carton: 2, Folder: 18, 20, 24-25, 32 (Mixed Materials)
- Carton: 6, Folder: 1-3, 5-11, 13-16, 26 (Mixed Materials)
- Carton: 5, Folder: 3-7, 9-19, 22-24 (Mixed Materials)
- Carton: 7, Folder: 2-4 (Mixed Materials)