David McKenzie papers, 1860-1962  PDF  XML

Overview of the Collection

McKenzie, David, 1833-1912
David McKenzie papers
1860-1962 (inclusive)
1.5 linear feet
Collection Number
MS 0116
The David McKenzie papers (1860-1962) include early programs, playbills, tickets, scripts, librettos, and other materials related to the Salt Lake Theater, as well as some personal papers of David McKenzie (1833-1912), manager of the theater.
University of Utah Libraries, Special Collections.
Special Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library
University of Utah
295 South 1500 East
Salt Lake City, UT
Telephone: 801-581-8863
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.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

David McKenzie was born on 27 December 1833 in Edinburgh, Scotland, to David McKenzie and Elizabeth White. He joined the LDS Church in 1853 and emigrated to Utah in 1854. He was an engraver, painter, publisher of the Millenial Star, military man, and manager of the Salt Lake Theater. He married Mary Ann Crowther in 1859. He served in many church capacities and died in 1912.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The David McKenzie papers (1860-1962) include early programs, playbills, tickets, scripts, librettos, and other materials related to the Salt Lake Theater, as well as some personal papers of David McKenzie (1833-1912), manager of the theater. Among the personal papers are correspondence, genealogical materials, writings, and his journal. Some items regarding Maud Adams, a well-known actress, are also present in the 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

Collection Name, Collection Number, Box Number, Folder Number. Special Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library, The University of Utah.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Separated Materials

Photographs were transferred to the Multimedia Division of Special Collections (P0116).

Acquisition Information

The June 15, 1867 of the Evening Curtain was purchased from Ken Sanders Rare Books in 2016.

Processing Note

Processed by Richard C. Hansen in 1977.

Addendum processed by Betsey Welland in 2019.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Personal and Theater MaterialsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1
Theater Performances Journal and Autobiography
1 2
Biographical Sketches
1948; 1962
1 3
Biographical Article
1 4
A great deal is genealogical in nature.
1 5
Genealogical Materials
1 6
Actors Account Book
Lists plays and actors and their hours.
1 7-9
Salt Lake Theater Programs and Flyers
1 10
Salt Lake Theater Tickets
1 11
Salt Lake Theater Management Notes
Includes McKenzie's notes on important events, notable people, and personal appearance.
2 1
Opera Librettos
For Knickerbockers and Robin Hood.
2 2
Printed Plays
Retribution, Model of a Wife, Sweethearts and Wives, and Coupon Bonds.
2 3-4
Handwritten Scripts and Prompt Books
2 5
Columbia Theater, Boise, Idaho, Programs
2 6
Sonna's Opera House, Boise, Idaho, Programs
2 7
Boise, Idaho, Miscellaneous Programs
2 8
"The Maud Adams Book"
Contains pictures of Maud Adams as various characters, with captions.
2 9
Book of Quotations
Contains selections from various literary sources and writers.
2 10
Relief Society and United Order
Minutes of the fiftieth anniversary of the Relief Society and contract concerning United Order.
2 11
Quotations and Writings on Religion
McKenzie's collection of excerpts from scienfitic and religious writers.
2 12
Temple Cornerstone Dedication Pictures
Of the Salt Lake temple dedication stone.
2 13
Utah Theater History, Pamphlets
1941; 1962
2 14
News Clippings
3 1-5
Evening Curtain
This was a theatrical newspaper listing plays and actors and advertisements, published on nights of performances. All newspapers have been photocopied for researcher use. Please contact the Manuscripts curator to access originals.
3 6
John Shanks Lindsay Scrapbook
Contains playbills, programs, poetry, reviews, and articles.
3 7
"Journal of Emigration from Liverpool to Great Salt Lake City"

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Mormons--Emigration and Immigration
  • Theaters--Idaho
  • Theaters--Utah

Personal Names

  • Adams, Maude, 1872-1953
  • Lindsay, John Shanks, 1840-1906--Scrapbooks
  • McKenzie, Mary Ann Crowther, d. 1910

Corporate Names

  • Columbia Theatre (Boise, Idaho)
  • Salt Lake Theatre (Salt Lake City, Utah)

Geographical Names

  • Sonna's Opera House (Boise, Idaho)