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Harry A. Dean journal

 Item — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 6757

Scope and Contents note

This journal belonging to Harry A. Dean covers his life in the year 1986. He discusses and includes letters he has both written and received on the unveiling of the LDS Church's new hymn book, (which he contributed to), the rededication of the Manti Temple, the Samoan hymn book which he was appointed to supervise, the death his brother, including a copy of his obituary and funeral program. Harry also includes a condensed, typed life sketch, an expanded version of this sketch and his own obituary, (which he wrote pre-death).


  • 1986


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 Harry A. Dean journal must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Harry Arnold Dean (1892-1987) was a Brigham Young graduate musician who wrote several musical compositions, three of which was in the LDS hymn book.

Harry Arnold Dean was born 17 September 1892 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah. He filled two missions to Samoa for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1914 and 1955 and translated the church's hymns into the Samoan language. Harry received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Music from Brigham Young University. He taught music at Gila College in Thatcher, Arizona, Ricks College in Rexburg, Idaho and Snow College, Ephraim, Utah. Harry wrote many musical compositions, three of which are found in the current LDS hymn books. He married Gladys Cutler on 28 July 1921 in Logan, Cache, Utah. They had seven children. Harry died 11 June 1987 in Provo, Utah.


1 folder (0.1 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



A journal belonging to Harry A. Dean, covering the full calender year of 1986.

Custodial History note

Donated by Harry A Dean in 1987.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Donated; Harry A. Dean; 1987.

Appraisal note

LDS cultural, social, and religious history (Collection development policy of 20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts, August 2007).

Related Archival Materials note

Diary, 1983 MSS SC 2249; Memoirs of Harry A. Dean BX 8670.1 .C345m; Papers, 1912-1979 MSS 1920.

Processing Information note

Processed; Karen Glenn; 26 February 2009.

Register of Harry A. Dean journal
Karen Glenn, student processor and John Murphy, curator
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