George Dollinger Pyper papers, 1834-1975  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Pyper, George Dollinger, 1860-1943
Title
George Dollinger Pyper papers
Dates
1834-1975 (inclusive)
Quantity
44 linear feet
Collection Number
Ms0001
Summary
The George Dollinger Pyper papers (1834-1975) consist primarily of correspondence, scrapbooks, diaries, news clippings, programs, contracts, scripts, broadsides, and scores documenting George Dollinger Pyper's career as manager of the Salt Lake Theatre. Pyper served as manager of the Salt Lake Theatre from 1898 to 1929. He also served as general superintendent of the Deseret Sunday School Union and as a member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Some of the materials have been digitized and are available online.
Repository
University of Utah Libraries, Special Collections.
Special Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library
University of Utah
295 South 1500 East
Salt Lake City, UT
84112-0860
Telephone: 801-581-8863
SPCreference@lists.utah.edu
Access Restrictions

Twenty-four hour advanced notice encouraged. Materials must be used on-site. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.

Languages
English


Historical NoteReturn to Top

George Dollinger Pyper (1860-1943) was manager of the Salt Lake Theater from 1898 until its destruction in 1929. Nicknamed the "Cathedral in the Desert," the Salt Lake Theater became an attraction for Pyper at an early age as he watched performances from the top gallery. He received a formal introduction to the theater with his first operatic role in Patience in 1885 and sang as the leading tenor in the Salt Lake Opera Company for the next twenty-five years. His love for the Salt Lake Theater led him to publish a history called The Romance of an Old Playhouse in 1928. The book describes Utah and Mormon history, the building of the theater, and the events that took place within. After retiring from the theater business, Pyper devoted the rest of his life to working on LDS Church publications and managing the Musical Arts Society.

Pyper was born 21 November 1860, to Alexander C. and Christiana D. Pyper in Salt Lake City, Utah. While growing up there he helped his father raise silkworms, feeding them with food from Brigham Young's mulberry grove, and herded cows in the Sugarhouse area. He attended school in the Sugarhouse and Twelfth Ward schools, and for a short time in Brigham Young's private school. He also attended the University of Deseret and studied law for two years. While attending the university, he met Emmaretta Smith Whitney, the daughter of Horace K. and Mary Cravath Whitney. They were married in the LDS Endowment House on 24 September 1883, and later had two children, Retta and George W. Pyper.

Pyper became a police court clerk in 1875 at the age of fourteen, while his father served as judge, and held that post until 1882, when his father died. Between 1883 and 1890, he was a justice of the peace, performing exactly 100 marriages, and served as an alderman and police judge. Most of his life, however, was devoted to music and the performing arts. In addition to his position in the Salt Lake Opera Company, Pyper was a member of the Tabernacle Choir, touring with them in their 1893 trips to Chicago and San Francisco, as well as managing the 1911 trip to the National Irrigation Congress in New York and the concerts en route. He also sung at hundreds of funerals, was one of early members of the Orpheus Club, belonged to the Philharmonic Society, and was president of the Salt Lake Civic Music Association in the 1930s. His devotion to music and the LDS Church led him to write a book entitled Stories of Latter-day Saint Hymns, Their Authors and Composers (1939) in which he documented the history of many hymns.

In 1890, Pyper became assistant secretary of the Deseret Agricultural and Manufacturing Society and the secretary of the Utah state fair organization. These two positions helped him organize Utah's agricultural exhibit at the 1893 Chicago World's Fair as well as Utah's exhibit at the Tennessee Centennial in 1897. His activities within his community included being a member of the first Salt Lake Board of Education and the first city library board, a charter member of the Orpheus Club, and a member of the Rotary Club.

Pyper was called to serve an LDS mission--along with Brigham H. Roberts, Melvin J. Ballard, and Edward Midgley--in 1896. The original arrangement was for Roberts to talk and for the others to sing and say the prayers, but before too long they all shared the speaking duties. In 1897 he was appointed to the Descret Sunday School, building up its programs and increasing its membership. In 1918 he became a member of the Sunday School general superintendency, under David O. McKay, and in 1934 he became the general superintendent. While in these offices he helped publish church magazines such as The Instructor. For the LDS Church centennial in 1930, Pyper wrote and produced a pageant called "The Message of the Ages," which was performed by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. The pageant was performed again in 1947 to celebrate the centennial of the first pioneers to settle in the Salt Lake Valley. George D. Pyper died in Salt Lake City on 17 January 1943.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The George Dollinger Pyper papers (1834-1975) consist of documents relating to the personal and professional life of George Dollinger Pyper (1860-1943), manager of the Salt Lake Theater from 1898 to 1929. Some of the materials have been digitized and are available online.

Section I of the collection contains the personal and family papers of George D. Pyper. They are located in boxes 1-9 and date from 1853 to 1943. Correspondence, condolence letters and tributes to Pyper upon his death, as well as invitations and event programs are located in box 1. This box also houses correspondence and biographical information concerning Pyper's wife, Emmaretta Smith Whitney Pyper. Pyper's involvement in numerous social clubs and events, as well as in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) is reflected in box 2. Included are invitations, correspondence, newsletters, certificates, membership cards, and news clippings concerning the American Land and Irrigation Exposition, the Salt Lake Rotary Club, the Hot Air Club, and the Deseret Sunday School. A record of marriages performed by Pyper as justice of the peace, and later as an alderman and police judge, during the 1880s is also located in box 2. Box 3 houses poetry, articles written by and about Pyper, and other personal materials.

Also included in Section I are talks and sermons, diaries, day books, and scrapbooks. The talks and sermons are located in boxes 4-5 and are undated. Included are funeral sermons given by Pyper, as well as talks on pioneers, mothers, teachers, education, child development, the historic aspects of Salt Lake City's State Street, humor, and other subjects. Many of Pyper's talks and sermons were given in behalf of the Deseret Sunday School Board, of which he was a member, and are labeled as such. Stories, correspondence, and poetry that Pyper used in many of his talks are also included in these boxes. Diaries and day books are located in box 6. Two scrapbooks, housed in boxes 7-8, contain information on the Salt Lake Theater, federal and state politics, the LDS Church, crime in Utah, and musical and other events. Correspondence, certificates, patriarchal blessings, bills, receipts, and notes concerning Pyper's father, Alexander Pyper, and mother, Christiana Dollinger Pyper, are housed in box 9.

Section II consists of theater materials, particularly those documenting activities at the Salt Lake Theater. They date from 1849-1975 and are housed in boxes 10-68. The Salt Lake Theater was built in 1862 under the direction of Brigham Young and managed by Pyper from 1898 to 1929. Correspondence, financial information, and account books concerning the Salt Lake Theater are found in boxes 10-12. Programs, play scripts, and prompt books used for Salt Lake Theater productions or by performers of the theater are in boxes 13-58. The theater programs, in boxes 13-16A, are arranged chronologically while the play scripts and prompt books are arranged alphabetically. Additional documents relating to the Salt Lake Theater are housed in boxes 59-61. Historical information, a listing of rules and regulations, building structure documents, deeds, materials on the dedication and memorial ceremonies, as well as publications about the theater are in box 59. Documents, including contracts and agreements, testimonials, biographies, rosters, and news clippings regarding performances and performers of the theater are housed in box 60.

One of the most prominent performers of the Salt Lake Theater was Maude Adams. She debuted there as an infant in The Lost Child and later became famous for her role as Peter Pan on New York's Broadway. Correspondence, publications concerning Adams and her various acting roles, a contract, speeches by Pyper about Adams, and news clippings featuring Adams are found in box 62 and date from 1899 to 1945. Also present is a 1975 invitation concerning Adams's induction into the Pioneer State Theater Hall of Fame.

Section II also consists of documents relating to the Salt Lake Dramatic Association, the Salt Lake Opera Company, and theaters outside of Utah. An index of "players," plays, and play dates for the Deseret Dramatic Association, the Walker Opera House, and the Salt Lake Theater from the 1860s-1890s and 1901-1902 is located in box 63. Salt Lake Dramatic Association meeting minutes, as well as tax, stock, and financial information for this organization can be found in boxes 64-65. Box 65 also contains an undated Salt Lake Opera Company record book. Documents related to theaters outside of Utah are in boxes 67-68. The bulk of these materials consists of theater programs from New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, and other cities. Some of these theaters include the Lyceum, McVicker's, Proctor's, Colonial, Wilkes, Hooley's, and various New York theaters. Box 68 also includes correspondence and news clippings concerning "The Marcus Show" (an international traveling performance group), newsprint pictures of actors and actresses, a picture booklet depicting the character roles of actor Edward Sothern, and unidentified theater record books.

Music files, dating from 1856 to 1948, constitute Section III of the collection. They are housed in boxes 69-80 and include agreements and contracts between the Salt Lake Theater and performers from the Musical Arts Society; correspondence, news clippings, and other documents relating to music groups and individuals in Utah; information on the LDS Tabernacle Choir's founder and conductor, Evan Stephens; materials for the choir's centennial celebration, and tours; and music scores. Boxes 69-72 contain documents relating to the Musical Arts Society. As manager of the Salt Lake Theater, Pyper was responsible for booking performances for the theater. Boxes 69-71 contain contracts, agreements, notes, and some correspondence regarding performances in the theater. They are listed alphabetically by the performer or performance group and include individuals such as Amelita Galli-Curci, Lucy Gates, Josef Hofmann, Vladimir Horowitz, Ignance Paderekski, Will Rogers, and Sousa's Band. Box 72 houses a scrapbook featuring news clippings and programs for many of the individuals and groups listed in the preceding boxes. Documents concerning music groups and musicians specifically from Utah are located in boxes 73-74. Information on the Salt Lake Symphony Orchestra, George Careless, Emma Lucy Gates, Susa Young Gates, H. E. Giles, and John J. McClellan is present.

Materials concerning the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, dating from 1889 to 1947, are in boxes 75-78. Evan Stephens established and conducted the choir from the 1890s to 1916. Music scores and books by Stephens, as well as news clippings on his death and LDS Church history are housed in box 75. The choir's celebration of the LDS Church's centennial in 1930 resulted in the production, "The Message of the Ages, A Sacred Pageant." Programs, announcements, scripts, music scores, and news clippings concerning this event are in box 76. Also included in this box is a centennial celebration booklet, One Hundred Years, written by Pyper and a 1947 program commemorating the centennial held in 1930. In 1911 the choir took a tour, managed by Pyper, of the United States. Correspondence, expense reports, programs, itineraries, news clippings, and a scrapbook regarding this and future tours in the 1930s are in boxes 77-78. The last two boxes in this section contain musical scores and compilations by various authors that date from the 1880s to 1933.

Section IV of the collection consists of religious, civic, and miscellaneous documents. They are located in boxes 81-84 and date from 1834 to 1940. Materials concerning the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are housed in box 81. Birthday programs, news clippings, writings, patriarchal blessings, pamphlets, and postcards concerning Heber J. Grant, Brigham Young, Orson Pratt, Wilford Woodruff, and LDS Church history are included. Box 82 houses documents relating to the Tennessee Centennial Exposition held in 1897. Pyper was a member of the centennial commission representing the state of Utah. Correspondence, a booth register, a list of agricultural entries, Pyper's commission membership certificate, and a ground plan of the exposition's agricultural building are found in this box. Box 83 contains miscellaneous items collected by Pyper such as publications, Salt Lake City election tickets (some listing him as candidate for treasurer and others with Brigham Young for governor), postcards, and guidebooks. Also included is information on sericulture. This section also includes oversize materials, located in box 84. Broadsides, certificates, painting reproductions, and publications are housed in this box. Additional oversize broadsides are located in the Manuscripts Division map case.

Some original documents were taken out of the collection and placed in the Manuscripts Division's Safe and Reserve Collections. These materials may be viewed only with permission from the Manuscripts Division Curator or other authorized persons. Photocopies replaced the originals in Pyper's collection.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

The library does not claim to control copyright for all materials in the collection. An individual depicted in a reproduction has privacy rights as outlined in Title 45 CFR, part 46 (Protection of Human Subjects). For further information, please review the J. Willard Marriott Library’s Use Agreement and Reproduction Request forms.

Preferred Citation

Initial Citation: George Dollinger Pyper papers, MS 0001, Box [ ]. Special Collections and Archives. University of Utah, J. Willard Marriott Library. Salt Lake City, Utah.

Following Citations: MS 0001.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Personal and Family PapersReturn to Top

This section consists of Pyper's personal documents as well as some documents relating to his wife, Emmaretta, and his parents, Alexander and Christiana Pyper. Pyper's personal correspondence is located in box 1, folders 1-9. Biographical information on Pyper and his wife is included in box 2. Other family materials are located in box 9. Of interest are diary entries written by Christiana Pyper concerning the Mormon exodus from Nauvoo, Illinois, located in box 9, folders 13-14. A record of marriages performed by Pyper as a Salt Lake City judge from 1883 to 1887 can be found in box 2, folder 11. Mining deeds, notes on the Lion House (one-time home of Brigham Young), poetry, and news articles collected by Pyper are in boxes 2, folders 16-19 and box 3. Some of the talks and sermons in box 5 were given as radio broadcasts. The scrapbook in box 7 contains news clippings only, many of which concern Pyper as police judge. The scrapbook in box 8 was found in a disassembled state and contains invitations, passes to events, programs, and information on the Panama-Pacific Exposition. Several of these items concern an Ida M. Savage. Her relationship to Pyper, if any, is unknown.

Container(s) Description Dates
Personal Files
Box Folder
1 1-9
Correspondence
1903-1943
1 10-11
Condolence Letters Concerning Pyper's Death
1943
1 12
" How Diamonds are Made," Biography of Pyper
1 13-15
Funeral Services for Pyper
These folders include talks and news clippings.
1943
1 16
Tributes to Pyper
1930s-1940s
1 17
Emmaretta Smith Whitney Pyper, Correspondence and Biographical Information
1929
1 18
Wedding Invitation and News Clipping
1883
1 19-20
Invitations and Event Programs
1893-1942
2 1
American Land and Irrigation Exposition, Opening Invitation
1911
2 2-4
Salt Lake Rotary Club
Included are correspondence, poetry, editions of, and notes.
1927-1934; 1943
2 5
Hot Air Club, Annual Clam Bake Programs
1923-1924; 1926
2 6
Deseret Sunday School, News Clippings
1930s-1940s
2 7
Income Tax Return Worksheet
1918
2 8-9
Certificates
These concern Pyper's activities in the LDS Church and Utah communities. Some correspondence is also included.
1881-1898
2 10
Membership Cards for Salt Lake Clubs and Organizations
1902-1942
2 11
Record of Marriages Performed by Pyper
1883-1887
2 12
Passport
1937
2 13
House Mortgage
1922
2 14
Evan Stephen's Estate Agreement
1931
2 15
Trip to Europe
This folder houses correspondence and food menus.
1937
2 16-17
Mining Deeds
1870s; 1915; 1917; 1926
2 18
Lion House History, Notes
2 19
Accounts of Administration to the Sick
1888; 1891
3 1
" India," Draft
3 2-3
Poetry Collected by Pyper
3 4
Articles Written by Pyper
1930s-1940s
3 5-6
News Articles Concerning Pyper
1930s-1940s
3 7
Miscellaneous
4
Talks and Sermons
5
Talks and Sermons
Folder
6 1-2
Diaries
1886-1892
Volume
6 1
Diary
1896-1897
Folder
6 3-6
Day Books
1880s-1890s; 1942
7
Scrapbook
This scrapbook contains news clippings concerning performances and performers at the Salt Lake Theater, federal and state politics, the LDS Church, arrests of various individuals in Utah for unlawful or immoral acts, minorities in the United States, and musical events. Many of the articles regarding crime involved Pyper as judge or an interested party. Also included are two posters announcing Utah's Territorial Fair in 1894.
1880s-1920s
8
Scrapbook
This scrapbook was found in a disassembled state. Because there did not seem to be an original order, like materials have been grouped together.
1890s-1915
Folder
1
Invitations
1888-1906
2
Event and Membership Passes
1891-1908
3-15
Programs and Cast Lists
These materials are for theater, music, and dance in Salt Lake City and other United States cities. Programs for the Barnum & Bailey Circus and other events are also included.
1888-1916
16-17
Panama-Pacific International Exposition
Included are invitations, passes, programs, and a " Horticulture Day" ribbon.
1915
18
News Clippings Concerning Theater and Dance Productions
Pyper Family
Box Folder
9 1-10
Correspondence
1853-1918; 1930
9 11
Alexander Pyper, Certificates
1876-1881
9 12-15
Christina Dollinger Pyper
These folders include a patriarchal blessing, diary entries concerning Nauvoo, and condolence letters concerning Christiana Pyper's death.
1859-1919; 1925
9 16
Bills and Receipts
1882; 1891-1896; 1902
9 17
Patriarchal Blessings
These are for Robert Campbell, Alricous H. Patterson, and Christiana Pyper.
1888-1889
9 18
Notes

Theater MaterialsReturn to Top

This section focuses on the Salt Lake Theater but also includes materials pertaining to Maude Adams, the Salt Lake Dramatic Association, the Salt Lake Opera Company, and theaters and performers throughout the United States. Boxes 13-58 contain programs, scripts, or prompt books that are arranged alphabetically. Some are also signed by actress Julia Dean Hayne, including scripts for (1849) located in box 17, folders 5-7. Box 60, folders 3-4 contain testimonials to Pyper by those who attended the first dramatic performance in the theater. Many of these were used in Pyper's book, (1928). Correspondence, notes, and drafts of this book are in box 59, folders 8-12. News clippings concerning the destruction of the Salt Lake Theater are located in box 60, folder 15. Information on Maude Adams's performances is in box 62. Folder 6 of that box contains a publication concerning her role as the first Peter Pan. Programs, news clippings, and pictures of other famous actors, actresses, and theaters in the United States are listed alphabetically in boxes 67-68.

Container(s) Description Dates
Salt Lake Theater
Box
10
Correspondence
1873-1941
11
Financial Information
circa 1867-1928
Box Folder
11 1
Receipt for " Special Tax"
circa 1867
11 2
Checks and Check Stubs
1928 June-September
11 3-6
Bills and Statements
1875; 1891; 1912-1913
11 7-15
Checks
1873-1875
12
Record Books
1901-1905; 1920-1928
Box Folder
12 1-2
Account Books
1901-1905
12 3
Record of Engagements
1920-1928
13
Programs
1856-1901
14
Programs
1901-1926
15
Programs
1900-1930s
Box Folder
15 1-7
Programs
1920s-1930s
15 8-11
Motion Picture Programs
1900-1901; 1926
15 12
German Grand Opera Company Program
1929-1930
15 13-17
Dance Programs
1910-1920s
16
Programs
1865; 1877; 1888-1890; 1908
17
Play Scripts
1849; 1899; 1902
Box Folder
17 1
Arbaces
17 2
Beatrice
17 3
The Black Tulip
1899
17 4
Captain Jinks of the Horse Marines
1902
17 5-7
Lucretia Borgia
1849
17 8
Madam Butterfly
17 9
Ought We to Tell Him?
17 10
An Unequal Match
18
Prompt Books, A-Bia
19
Prompt Books, Bia-Cas
20
Prompt Books, Cha-Cin
21
Prompt Books, Civ-Cou
22
Prompt Books, Cri-Dec
23
Prompt Books, Dec-Eas
24
Prompt Books, Eas-Ern
25
Prompt Books, Eus-Fet
26
Prompt Books, Fet-Fro
27
Prompt Books, Fro-Gre
28
Prompt Books, Gre-Ham
29
Prompt Books, Han-Hem
30
Prompt Books, Hen-Hon
31
Prompt Books, Hop-Hun
32
Prompt Books, Hun-Ion
33
Prompt Books, Ion-Jac
34
Prompt Books, Jac-Lau
35
Prompt Books, Lav-Lon
36
Prompt Books, Lon-Luc
37
Prompt Books, Luc-Mar
38
Prompt Books, Mar-Mas
39
Prompt Books, Mer-Mol
40
Prompt Books, Mol-My
41
Prompt Books, My
42
Prompt Books, Nai-Not
43
Prompt Books, Not-Nym
44
Prompt Books, O
45
Prompt Books, P-Pho
46
Prompt Books, Pil-Pri
47
Prompt Books, Pri-Q
48
Prompt Books, Raf-Ric
49
Prompt Books, Ric-Ros
50
Prompt Books, Ros-Shi
51
Prompt Books, Shi-Sta
52
Prompt Books, Ste-Syb
53
Prompt Books, Ted-Tim
54
Prompt Books, Tim-Und
55
Prompt Books, Une-Wai
56
Prompt Books, Wai-Whi
57
Prompt Books, Whi-Wom
58
Prompt Books, Wom-Wy
Folder
59 1
Salt Lake Theater History
circa 1915
59 2
Rules and Regulations
59 3
Building Structure
Included are correspondence and a certificate of survey.
1902; 1912; 1927
59 4
Theater Memorial Tablet, Correspondence
1928-1930
59 5
Plaque Dedication
Correspondence and a program commemorating the building of the SaltLake Theater are housed in this folder.
1940
59 6
Salt Lake Theater Corporation Deeds
1872-1873
59 7
Festival at Brigham Young University, Program Script and Correspondence
1937-1938
59 8-12
Romance of an Old Playhouse, by George D. Pyper
Included are correspondence, notes, and drafts.
1905; 1927-1942
59 13
The Drama in Utah, The Story of the Salt Lake Theater, by Horace G. Whitney
1951
59 14-16
The Theater
Select volumes from 1907-1909 and 1912 are contained in these folders.
60 1-2
Contracts and Agreements
These are mainly between the Salt Lake Theater and the Salt Lake Dramatic Association.
1873-1928
60 3-4
Testimonials
Brief histories, written in response to an advertisement Pyper placed in the Deseret News, by those who attended the first dramatic performance in the Salt Lake Theater are in these folders.
1912
60 5
Viola Prall Gillette, Magazine Articles
1902; 1905
60 6
Harry Horsley, Biography
1917
60 7
Lists of Actors/Actresses, Guarantors, and Managers
60 8-9
Lists of Plays Performed in the Salt Lake Theater
60 10
Record of Performances from 1862 to 1902 Compiled by H.L.A. Culmer
1862; 1902
60 11
Dates of Performances from 1863-1900
1863; 1900
60 12
Stationery Samples
60 13-19
News Clippings
Included is information on the Salt Lake Theater's history; its managers and actors/actresses; its destruction; and its affiliation with the Salt Lake Opera Company.
1891-1960
60 20
Miscellaneous
61
Scrapbook
1900-1901
Maude Adams
Box Folder
62 1
Correspondence
1928; 1930; 1945
62 2
The Maude Adams Book
1909
62 3
Maude Adams Acting Edition of Romeo and Juliet
1899
62 4
Maude Adams in L'Aiglon
1900
62 5
Maude Adams in the Little Minister
1899
62 6
Maude Adams in Peter Pan
1906
62 7
Maude Adams in Chantecler
1911
62 8
Contract between Adams and the Salt Lake Theater
1904 May
62 9
Invitation
This invitation concerns Adams's induction into the Pioneer State Theater Hall of Fame.
1975
62 10
Speeches by Pyper about Maude Adams.
62 11-12
News Clippings
The clippings focus on Adams's acting career and her association with the Salt Lake Theater. Also included is information on Julia Dean Hayne's acting career.
1904-1916
Box
63
Index of Players, Plays, and Play Dates for the Deseret Dramatic Association, the Walker Opera House, and the Salt Lake Theater
1860s-1890s; 1901-1902
Salt Lake Dramatic Association
Box Folder
64 1
Board of Directors Meeting Minutes
1879-1928
64 2
Capital Stock Tax Return
1917-1928
64 3
Stocks
Included are lists of stockholders and shares.
1928
64 4
Checks and Checkbook
1927-1930
64 5
Financial Reports
1917; 1926-1928
64 6-11
Account Book
1899-1910; 1912
Salt Lake Dramatic Association and Salt Lake Opera Company
Box Volume
65 1-2
Salt Lake Dramatic Association Cash Book and Engagement Record
1889-1904; 1924-1929
65 3
Salt Lake Opera Company Record Book
Salt Lake Opera Company
Volume
1-2
Salt Lake Dramatic Association Cash Book and Engagement Record
1889-1904; 1924-1929
3
Salt Lake Opera Company Record Book
Box Folder
66 1-3
Robin Hood
These folders hold a record book, financial information, and a news clipping concerning this production.
1907-1912
66 4
List of Members
66 5
News Clippings
1907; 1912
General Theater File, Programs
Box Folder
67 1
Amphi Theater
67 2
Casino Theater
1920
67 3
Central Theater
1912
67 4
Chicago Opera House
1893
67 5
Colonial Theater
1912-1913
67 6
Empress Theater
1912-1913
67 7
Hippodrome Theater
1920 and 1922
67 8
Hooley's Theater
67 9
Loew's Theater
1920
67 10
Lyceum Theater
This folder also includes a history of the theater and a poem written for the final performance at the theater.
1902
67 11
McVicker's Theater
1893
67 12-13
New York Theater
This folder also includes a souvenir program for the second annual Festival of the Friars.
1873-1890s; 1909
67 14
Orpheum Theater
1913; 1917
67 15
Pantages Theater
1912; 1921
67 16
Philadelphia Theaters
1850-1851; 1887-1888
67 17
Proctor's Theater
67 18
Utah Theater
1913
67 19-20
Wilkes Theater
1917
67 21
The Diamond Master, by Jacques Futrelle, Adapted by Robert F. Roden
circa 1915
67 22
Madam Butterfly
67 23
The Mikado
67 24
The Spectre Bridegroom
67 25
Miscellaneous
1869-1913; 1931
General Theater File
Box Folder
68 1-3
The Marcus Show, Correspondence and News Clippings
1934
68 4
Julia Marlowe, News Clipping
1926
68 5
Edward Sothern, Picture Booklet of Role Plays
68 6-7
Newsprint Pictures of Actors and Actresses
68 8
The Marie Burrough's Art Portfolio of Stage Celebrities
1894
68 9
Complete Catalog of Royalty and Non-Royalty Productions
This publication includes an index to casts of royalty productions as well as a listing of operas, operettas, and musical comedies.
1916
68 10
The Moving Picture Weekly, Volume 12, Number 20
1921
68 11
The American Dramatists Club List, Number 5
1899
68 12
Actor's Fund of America, By-law Extracts
1942
68 13
Discourse on Morals and the Theatrical Institution by J. F. W. Ware
1871
68 14-15
Record Books
These are undated, unidentified, handwritten books containing theater addresses, production dates, and actor/actress names from various areas around the western United States.

Music FilesReturn to Top

These files reflect Pyper's interest in music and involvement in several music groups. Materials concerning the Salt Lake Musical Arts Society, located in boxes 69-72, are arranged alphabetically by the individual or group contracted to perform. A scrapbook in box 72 contains news clippings and programs concerning those performances. Box 73, folder 5, includes sketches of various music organizations. Folders 8-12 of the same box contain information on individual musicians such as Emma Lucy Gates, Susa Young Gates, H. E. Giles, and John J. McClellan. Speeches by Pyper on music are in box 74, folders 1-3. Music scores by Evan Stephens, a conductor of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, are in box 75, folders 1-6. Music scores and a director's script for Pyper's production, "The Message of the Ages" are located in box 76, folders 3-5. Some writings on Hindu music appreciation are located in folder 5 of box 79. Music speeches and scores by Pyper are found in box 80, folders 1-3.

Container(s) Description Dates
Salt Lake Musical Arts Society
Box Folder
69 1
Frances Alda
1921
69 2-3
Barrere's Little Symphony
1925-1928
69 4
Edwin Booth
1881; 1887
69 5
Emma Calve
1922-1923
69 6
Pablo Cassals
1919
69 7
Mario Chanilee
1926
69 8
Mischa Ellman
1918
69 9
The English Singers
1927-1928
69 10
Florentine Choir
1927
69 11
Ignaz Friedman
1927
69 12
Gabrilowitsch
1927
69 13-15
Galli-Curci
1922; 1926; 1929
69 16
Mary Garden
1923
69 17
Lucy Gates and the Trio de Lutece
1919
69 18
Percy Grainger
1920
69 19
Louis Graveure
1916
69 20
Charles Hackett
1922
69 21
Roland Hayes
1928-1929
69 22
Jascha Heifetz
1924
69 23
Shuman Heinke
1922
69 24
Josef Hofmann
1930
69 25
Vladimir Horowitz
1931
69 26
Hans Kindler
1928
69 27
Kochanski
1926
69 28-29
Fritz Kreisler
1917; 1922
69 30
Harry Lauder
1929
69 31
Liebeslieder Ensemble
1930-1931
69 32
London String Quartet
1922
69 33
Guy Maier and Lee Pattison
1928
69 34
Richard Mansfield
1903
69 35
Margaret Matzenauer
1922
70 1
John McCormack
1931
70 2
Melba Concert Co.
1904-1905
70 3
New York String Quartet
1927
70 4-5
Ignance Paderekski
1925-1926; 1931
70 6
Kathleen Parlow
1921
70 7
May Peterson
1919
70 8
Rosa Ponselle
1927
70 9
Rachmaninoff
1923
70 10-13
Will Rogers
Correspondence is also included.
1928
70 14
Roth Quartet
1930
70 15
Russian Symphonic Choir
1928
70 16
Alberto Salvi
1921
70 17
Tito Schipa
1929
70 18
Ernestine Schumann-Heink
1924
70 19
Henri Scott
1919
70 20
Albert Shepherd
1930
70 21-26
Sousa's Band
1904; 1921; 1923; 1926-1927
71 1
Lawrence Strauss
1926
71 2
Marie Sundelius
1921
71 3
Marion Talley
1927
71 4-5
Lawrence Tibbett
1927; 1930
71 6
John Charles Thomas
1930
71 7
Werrenrath
1922
71 8-9
Alma Gluck and Efrem Zimbalist
1921-1922; 1925
71 10
Miscellaneous
72
Musical Arts Society, Scrapbook
1930-1931
Music and Musicians in Utah
Box Folder
73 1-4
Salt Lake Symphony Orchestra
Correspondence, notes, meeting minutes, donations, and news clippings are in these folders.
1904-1911; 1940s
73 5
Salt Lake Musical Organizations
Included are notes, correspondence, financial information, and sketches about organizations such as the Salt Lake Philharmonic Orchestra, the Olsen Orchestra, the Salt Lake Theater Orchestra, the Hauerbach Band and others.
1916-1941
73 6
George Careless, Letter and Program
1907; 1921
73 7
Emma Lucy Gates
News clippings, broadsides, and programs are in this folder.
1925-1926; 1948
73 8
Susa Young Gates
Included is a small card with a picture of Gates on one side and the Lion House as it appeared in 1856 on the other. There is also a typescript, supposedly by Gates, on the nature and origin of LDS hymns.
73 9
H. E. Giles
This folder contains a letter and a collection of eight anthems from the oratorio "The Plan of Salvation," composed and arranged by Giles.
1925
73 10-12
John J. McClellan
Correspondence, testimonial receipts, concert programs and newsletters are included.
1893; 1904; 1923-1925; 1930
73 13
"Utah Music and Musicians," Salt Lake Tribune
1938 January 23
73 14-20
Salt Lake City Music Programs and Broadsides
1856-1942
74 1-3
Music Speeches by George D. Pyper
74 4
Sheet Music Written by Pyper and Hugh Dougall
Music for " My Prayer," " I Think of Thee," and " Sweetheart, I'm Waiting" are included.
1941
74 5
Salt Lake Tabernacle Book of Prices and Musical Performances
This does not include performances by the Tabernacle Choir.
1904-1931
74 6
Notebook Containing Names of Individual and Company Performers
Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Evan Stephens
Box Folder
75 1
The Song Garland, A Second Reader of Vocal Music, by Evan Stephens
circa 1897
75 2
The School and Primary Songster, by Evan Stephens
1889
75 3
The Vision, by Evan Stephens
1920
75 4
The Martyrs, by Evan Stephens
1921
75 5
The Vision and The Martyrs, Compiled Edition
75 6
Brief Compositions by Evan Stephens
1930s
75 7
News Clippings
These concern Stephens's death and the history of the LDS Church, with the focus being on Joseph Smith.
1898; 1933; 1939
Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Centennial Celebration
Box Folder
76 1-6
" The Message of the Ages, A Sacred Pageant"
These folders contain a program, announcements to pageant members, a director's script and conductor's score, and a news clipping.
1930
76 7
One Hundred Years, Centennial Celebration Booklet
1930
76 8
" The Message of the Ages, A Sacred Pageant," Program
1947
Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Tours
Box Folder
77 1-10
Correspondence
1911 March-November
77 11
Expenses of George E. Carpenter
1911
77 12
Expense Report to Executive Committee
1911
77 13
Guide to Harmanus Bleecker Hall for 1910-1911 Season
1910-1911
77 14-15
Programs
1911
77 16-17
Itineraries and Train Schedules
1911
77 18
Address Book
77 19
News Clippings
1911
77 20
" Six Thousand Miles with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir"
1912
77 21
California Tour, Itinerary
77 22
News Clippings
1930s
77 23
Miscellaneous
1930s
78
Tour Scrapbook
1911
Musical Scores and Compilations
Box Folder
79 1
El Capitan, Book by Charles Klein, Music by John Philip Sousa
1896
79 2
Four-part Songs for Women's Voices, List
79 3
Frederick Chopin Works for the Pianoforte, Ballades Revised and Fingered by Raphael Joseffy
1916
79 4
Galaxy of Song
1883
79 5
Hindu Music Appreciation
This folder includes writings on the background of Hindu music and Hinduism, as well as information on Hindu music groups, such as Shankar and his company of dancers.
1933
79 6
How to Compose Music, by Julius Vogler
1910
79 7
" Maid of the West"
79 8
" O'er Hill and Dale," by Ethelbert Nevin
79 9
" Old Vienna" Musical Program
1893
79 10
" Poetic Tone-Pictures for Pianoforte," by Grieg
1899
79 11
Rubenstein Pianoforte Album, Volume 1
1896
79 12
Said Pasha, Music by Richard Stahl
1888
79 13
Twelve Brilliant and Melodious Studies for the Piano, by Fr. Burgmuler
1903
79 14
" Victor Herbert and his Orchestra, A Brief Summary of His Career as Composer and Conductor"
1910
79 15
" The Waiting Time"
80 1
Chauncey Olcott's Song Successes in His New Production,The Isle of Dreams
80 2
Compositions for Pianoforte by Edvard Grieg
1902
80 3
" Deep in My Beloved Heart, Beloved," Poem by Addison Madeira, Music by Chas. L. Johnson
80 4
" A Dream," by J. C. Bartlett
80 5
" Gavotte von Gluck," by Johannes Brahms
80 6
" I Remember You," Words by Vincent Bryan, Music by Harry von-Tilzer
80 7
" Madcap Marjorie," by Frederick Norton
80 8
Modern Classic Composers
80 9
Selected Compositions for the Piano by Modern Masters
80 10
" Some Day When You Are Mine," Words by Fred G. Rover, Music by Geoffrey O'Hara
80 11
" That's What the Rose Said to Me," Music by Leo Edwards, Lyric by B. F. Barnett
80 12
" Walzer-Intermezzo," Text by Victor Leon and Leo Stein, Music by Franz Lehar
80 13
" What's the Use of Dreaming," by Joseph E. Howard

Religious, Civic, and General DocumentsReturn to Top

This section consists of documents relating to the LDS Church, Pyper's involvement in the Tennessee Centennial Exposition, and his collection of miscellaneous items. Many of the LDS materials concern past prophets or prominent members, including Heber J. Grant, Brigham Young, Orson Pratt, Wilford Woodruff, and Joseph Smith, Jr. These materials are in box 81, folders 1-13. Folder 11 includes information concerning the motion picture, News clippings and postcards regarding Joseph Smith's history are in folders 15-16 and 19. Pyper's commission certificate, as well as correspondence, a booth register, and other documents for the Tennessee Exposition are in box 82. Miscellaneous items, including King George VI and Queen Elizabeth's coronation program and news clippings in folders 6-7, some 1895 Salt Lake election tickets listing Brigham Young as candidate for governor in folder 16, and writings on sericulture in folders 24-28, are included in box 83.

Container(s) Description Dates
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Box Folder
81 1-9
Heber J. Grant
Included are birthday programs, " Treasures I Would Share" by Heber J. Grant, a Christmas card, Arizona Temple dedication passes, and booklets signed by Grant and given to Pyper and others as gifts.
1900-1940
81 10-11
Brigham Young
Included is a newsprint picture of Brigham Young, " said to be the earliest picture of the President," as well as news clippings and a program concerning a motion picture.
1940
81 12
Orson Pratt
Patriarchal blessings for Sarah M. and Orson Pratt, as well as Orson Pratt's genealogical information, are included.
1834; 1843
81 13
Wilford Woodruff, Transcript of a Vision Received by Woodruff
1877
81 14
Marriage Ceremony Instruction Form
81 15-16
Church Centennial Anniversary, News Clippings
The majority of the articles focus on the LDS Church's history, including Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon; Brigham Young and the settling of Salt Lake City; and the organization of the Relief Society, Mutual Improvement Association, and other programs. Also included are articles on LDS temples (notably the Hawaii temple) and membership growth.
1930
81 17
Pamphlets
These discuss temples, hymns, and Mormon beliefs.
81 18
News Clippings
Most of these concern the exodus of Mormons to the Salt Lake Valley.
1882; 1897; 1935
81 19
Postcards of Nauvoo, Illinois, and Sharon, Vermont
Tennessee Centennial Exposition
Box Folder
82 1-9
Correspondence
1897
82 10
Utah Booth Register
This is a record of those who visited the Utah booth at the exposition.
1897
82 11
Premium List of the Agricultural Department
82 12
Commission Membership Certificate
This was Pyper's official appointment to the centennial commission.
1897
82 13
Miscellaneous
Included are stationery for various companies, notes, and a ground plan for the agricultural building at the exposition.
1897
Subject Files
Box Folder
83 1-2
World's Columbian Exposition Programs and Official Catalog
1893
83 3
Manhattan Beach Programme
83 4
Evans Evans Conducted Tours Programme
1937
83 5
Description of the Regalia of Scotland, by Sir Walter Scott
circa 1909
83 6-7
King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, Coronation Program and News Clippings
1937
83 8
The Instructor, Volume 69, Number 2
1934
83 9
" Singing Tree," by Kathleen Bagley Nelson
83 10
Paradise of the Pacific
1931 December
83 11
" Robert Heller in Great Salt Lake City, Utah"
83 12
The Beacon, Volume 1, Number 3
83 13
Salt Lake City Parade Program, Photocopy
1869 July 24
83 14
Deseret Territorial Currency, Photocopy
1858
83 15
Salt Lake City Municipal Government Roster, Rules, and Minutes
1869; 1884-1885
83 16
Salt Lake City Municipal Election Tickets
These list Brigham Young as candidate for governor circa 1865 and George D. Pyper as candidate for treasurer in 1895.
1865; 1895
83 17
Salt Lake City Official Amusement Guide
83 18
Open House Reception Program for the Board of Education's New Administration Building
1939
83 19
Postcards Depicting Early Salt Lake City Buildings
83 20
Souvenir Album of Lookout Mountain Chickamuga and Chattanooga National Military Park
83 21
Handbook of Rochester, New York
1911
83 22
Albany, New York, Pocket Map
1910
83 23
Des Moines Map and Guide Book
1910
83 24
" The Story of a Silkworm," Improvement Era, Volume 38, Number 11
1935
83 25
Silk Culture, A Treatise on the Silkworm and its Habits, Edited by S. Katogi
83 26
Utah Silk Association Certificate
1882
83 27
Sericulture: Instruction in the Art of Producing Silk
1897
83 28
News Clipping on Sericulture
83 29
Event Passes
Included are photocopies of passes for the LDS Salt Lake Temple dedication, the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition, and Woodrow Wilson's presidential reception.
1893; 1909; 1919
Oversize
Box Folder
84 1
Broadsides
These announce Gregor Piatigorsky's concert at Kingsbury Hall and the motion picture release of Beau Geste.
circa 1930
84 2
Certificates
1901; 1909; 1926
84 3
Painting Reproductions
84 4
New York Dramatic News, and New York Dramatic Mirror
1899; 1907
84 5
The Herald-Republican
1910

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Mormon Church--Anniversaries, etc.--Drama
  • Mormon Church--History--Drama
  • Pageants--Utah--Salt Lake City
  • Theaters--Utah--Salt Lake City
  • Theater--Utah--Salt Lake City--History--Sources
  • Corporate Names :
  • Deseret Sunday School Union
  • Mormon Tabernacle Choir
  • Salt Lake Theatre (Salt Lake City, Utah)
  • Utah Symphony Orchestra
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Business records
  • Clippings
  • Contracts
  • Correspondence
  • Diaries
  • Playbills
  • Posters
  • Programs
  • Scores
  • Scrapbooks
  • Sermons