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Collection on Corianton

Identifier: MSS 3296

Scope and Contents

Collection includes a souvenir program from the film, "Corianton," and photographs originally in three albums consisting of seventy-two production and publicity photographs and scene stills from the film. Also contains three reels of motion picture film, and two 1 inch and one 1/2 inch video tape copies of the original film. Also included are a 3/4 inch video tape, a 1/2 inch video tape, five DVDs, and a digital audiotape of the soundtrack produced during the restoration of the film. Two promotional sheets from Park's project, "The Parade of Progress," is also included.


  • approximately 1930-2006


Conditions Governing Access

Condition restricted; permission to use materials must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services.

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 / Historical

Daniel Lester Park was born April 27, 1887, in Millcreek, Utah to Allen Thomas Park and Jane Lunn. Lester married Clara Horne on June 11, 1908, in Salt Lake City. They had five children. Lester started work at the Salt Lake Press Brick Company and became a timekeeper. The owner and manager of the Salt Lake Press Brick Company, John P. Cahoon, offered to help Lester set up a business, and Lester chose to become an exhibitor and distributor of motion pictures, eventually opening a motion picture showhouse in Salt Lake City called Nickelodeon. The business failed and Lester moved his family to Denver where he worked for a film company, then soon after became self-employed as a motion picture producer and moved to New York. Lester collaborated with Orestus U. Bean to produce a film adaptation of his stage play, “Corianton,” a story from the Book of Mormon, in 1931. Lester relocated his family to Salt Lake City, then left to serve a mission in to England in 1933. He and his brother, Byron, worked on short educational films called "Parade of Progress." Lester died June 5, 1952, in San Mateo, California.


2 boxes (1 linear ft.)

3 film boxes (3 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Motion picture film, 1-inch videotape (2 tapes) and 1/2-inch videotape (VHS) (1 tape) donated by Bernice Park Spencer, Peggy Scott Card, and Orson Scott Card in 2004. The photo albums were donated in 2006. 3/4-inch videotape, 1/2-inch videotape, and DVD copies of the film, digital audio tape generated during restoration process provided by Protek Media Preservation in 2006.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased; Pro-Tek Media Preservation; 2006.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Bernice Park Spencer, Peggy Scott Card, and Orson Scott Card; 2004-2006.


Arts and Communications.

Processing Information

Processed; Garrett Schroath; 2011.

Processing Information

Processed; Karen Glenn; 2023.

  • Corianton VHS, 2 DA-88 audiotapes, 2 digibeta tapes, two U-MATIC tapes, 6 discs, 3 D5 tapes. These were back-ups made from the original film.


Register of Collection on Corianton
Under Revision
Garrett Schroath
2011 April 6
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