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Margaret Summerhays papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1415

Scope and Contents note

The collection consists of some of the papers accumulated by Margaret Summerhays during the course of her life. They primarily document her education, career, and travels. There is very little autobiographical information in the form of journals and writings.

When received by the library, some of the papers were in a condition which made them impossible to clean thoroughly. The scrapbook pertaining to her trip to Europe in 1936 was dismantled and its contents integrated into the collection. Other scrapbooks, however, were left intact (primarily because of the extreme difficulty in dismantling them) and are found in box 1.


  • 1879-1973


Conditions Governing Access note

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use note

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Margaret Summerhays papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Margaret Summerhays (1884-1983) was a LDS musician and music educator active in Utah during the 20th century.

Margaret Summerhays was born in Salt Lake City, Utah on January 12, 1884 to Joseph William Summerhays and Mary Melissa Parker. At an early age she showed a talent for singing and spent most of her life studying, teaching, and performing music. She graduated as a soloist from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston in 1916 and obtained a B.A. in music from Brigham Young University in 1936. During the course of her career she taught singing privately, and at the McCune School of Music, Brigham Young University, Frederick Haywood's School in New York, and the L.D.S. School of Music under Cecil Gates. She performed extensively throughout Utah and Idaho and directed many church choral groups. She also served from 1921 to 1922 on the General board of the Young Ladies Mutual Improvement Association and the General Church Music Committee of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS). She died October 4, 1983.


7 boxes (3.5 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Collection includes brief biographical writings, scrapbooks, correspondence, teaching materials, a sampling of financial records and memorabilia.

Arrangement note

Arranged in nine series: 1. Margaret Summerhays biographical papers, 1879-1972. 2. Margaret Summerhays correspondence (chronological), 1897-1973. 3. Margaret Summerhays writings, circa 1927. 4. Margaret Summerhays papers on education, undated. 5. Margaret Summerhays papers from her teaching career, undated. 6. Margaret Summerhays programs, 1922-1964 (chronological). 7. Margaret Summerhays papers regarding professional associations (alphabetical), 1925-1968. 8. Margaret Summerhays memorabilia, circa 1936. 9. Margaret Summerhays financial records, undated.

Other Finding Aids note

While this finding aid provides only a series level description, a more detailed finding aid is available in print in the repository.

An index of the names from discarded Christmas cards is available on the finding aid in print.

Other Finding Aids

File-level inventory available online.

Custodial History note

Donated by Margaret Summerhays.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Donated; Margaret Summerhays.

Appraisal note

LDS, Utah, and Western American women (20th century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.IV, 2007).

Separated Materials note

One box of photographs was transferred to Photo Archives and assigned the number MSS P 122. Miscellaneous blank postcards removed from a scrapbook pertaining to her trip to Europe in 1936 also were separated to the Photo Archives. Several boxes of books, pamphlets and magazines were transferred to the Acquisitions Department of the library. Miscellaneous theatre programs were added to the Theatre Program Collection of Archives and Manuscripts. A complete list of transferred materials is available on request.

Cancelled checks and other financial records, some early school notes and teaching notes for Relief Society lessons were returned to the donor. A representative sampling of the financial records appears in box 9, folder 15. Christmas cards which carried the sender's name only have been discarded and the names recorded in an index. Duplicate programs and envelopes appear in brackets in the upper right hand corner of the letters they accompanied.

Processing Information note

Processed; Dennis Rowley and Aimee Legg; 27 May 1980.

Register of the Margaret Summerhays papers
Dennis Rowley and Aimee Legg
1980 May 27
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.
Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States