Arthur Shepherd photograph collection, 1880-1958

Overview of the Collection

Shepherd, Arthur, 1880-1958
Arthur Shepherd photograph collection
1880-1958 (inclusive)
161 items, (2 boxes)
Collection Number
Musician and composer Arthur Shepherd (1880-1958) was originally from Utah, but lived most of his professional life in Cleveland, Ohio. Arthur Shepherd weas a composer and professor of music at Case Western Reserve University. The Arthur Shepherd photograph collection consists primarily of personal and family photographs.
University of Utah Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library
University of Utah
295 South 1500 East
Salt Lake City, UT

Telephone: 8015818863
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.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Arthur Shepherd was born on February 19, 1880 in Paris, Idaho, to Emily Mary Phipp and William Nathaniel Budge Shepherd. The Shepherds were members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and Arthur Shepherd was raised in the faith. William N.B. Shepherd composed the hymn “Give Us Room That We May Dwell,” and the family supported Arthur Shepherd is musical pursuits as a child: he performed with the Paris Brass Band and the Bear Lake Stake Choir. At the age of twelve, Shepherd entered the New England Conservatory in Boston, Massachusetts, graduating in 1897. After graduating, Shepherd returned west, rejoining his family in Salt Lake City, Utah, where they had moved.

Between 1897 and 1909, Shepherd worked in various aspects of music in Utah. He served as conductor of the Salt Lake Theatre orchestra and played chamber music. Shepherd offered private lessons in music theory and piano. He also organized and conducted the Salt Lake Symphony Orchestra, the forerunner of the Utah Symphony. During this time, Shepherd also began receiving recognition for his work as a composer: in 1905 he won the Paderewwski Prize for his composition Overture Joyeuse and in 1909 he received first prize in the National Federal of music Clubs for his Sonata for the Pianoforte.

In 1909, Shepherd returned to Boston, and in 1910 he began teaching at the New England Conservatory and served as conductor at the St. Cecilia Society. When the United States joined World War I, Shepherd enlisted and served as bandmaster of the 303rd Field Artillery. In 1920, Shepherd was recruited by Nikolai Sokoloff to serve as assistant conductor and program annotator for the Cleveland Orchestra. Shepherd also lectured at Cleveland College and in 1927 resigned from his position as assistant conductor to take a job teaching at Western Reserve University, where he was involved in the founding of the music department, which he chaired, and the development of its program in experimental opera. Shepherd retired from this position in 1950. Throughout his career, Shepherd composed over 100 works. In addition to his continuing work as annotator for the Cleveland Orchestra and his work as a composer, Shepherd served as the music critic for the Cleveland Press.

On March 5, 1903, Arthur Shepherd married Hattie Hooper Jennings; together, the couple had four children. Shepherd’s experiences in World War I led him to distance himself from the Church of Jesis Christ of Latter-Day Saints and put pressure on his marriage, and Arthur and Hattie Shepherd divorced around 1920. On May 27, 1922 Arthur Shepherd married Grazella Puliver; together, they had one son.

Arthur Shepherd died on January 12, 1958 in Cleveland, Ohio, and was buried in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances.

Permission to publish material from the Arthur Shepherd photograph collection must be obtained from the Special Collections Manuscript Curator.

Preferred Citation

Initial Citation: Arthur Shepherd photograph collection, P0103, Box [ ]. Special Collections and Archives. University of Utah, J. Willard Marriott Library. Salt Lake City, Utah.

Following Citations: P0103.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Arranged by subject

Acquisition Information

Addendum donated by Brian Hill in 2008.

Processing Note

Processed by Special Collections staff.

Separated Materials

Audio-visual materials were transferred to the Arthur Shepherd audio-visual collection (A0103).

Manuscript materials were transferred to the Arthur Shepherd papers (MS 0103).

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Portraits, Family, Personal and GeneralReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
1 1-3
Portraits of Arthur Shepherd
  • 1-20: Portraits of Arthur Shepherd
1 4
Snapshots of Arthur Shepherd
  • 21-29: Snapshots of Arthur Shepherd
1 5-6
Arthur Shepherd and family
  • 30-35: Arthur Shepherd and family
  • 36: Arthur, Grazella and Peter Shepherd
  • 37: Arthur Shepherd and cousin Neya
  • 38-39: Arthur and Grazella Shepherd
  • 40: Arthur Shepherd and his Uncle Phipp
  • 41-44: Arthur Shepherd and family
  • 45: Arthur and Grazella Shepherd
  • 46: Arthur Shepherd and family
  • 47: Arthur Shepherd with niece, Jean Shepherd McMurrin
  • 48: William, Arthur, Charles and Albert Shepherd
  • 49: William, Arthur, Charles and Albert Shepherd
  • 50: Arthur Shepherd's parents and family
  • 51-52: Arthur Shepherd and family
1 7-8
Arthur Shepherd and others
  • 53: Arthur Shepherd and the Salt Lake Theatre Orchestra
  • 54: Arthur Shepherd, Virgil Thompson, Karl Grossman
  • 55: Arthur Shepherd, Herbert Elwell and Dr. Leuter
  • 56: Arthur Shepherd, Beryl Rubistein and Herbert Elwell
  • 57-58: Arthur Shepherd and others
  • 59-60: Arthur Shepherd and Mabel Pittmeyer
  • 61: Arthur Shepherd and Leroy Robertson
  • 62: Arthur Shepherd and unidentified person
  • 63: Arthur Shepherd, Paul Cunningham and Senator Herman Welker
1 9-10
Parents of Arthur Shepherd
  • 64: William Shepherd
  • 65-78: Emily Phipps Shepherd
  • 79-80: William and Emily Phipps Shepherd
  • 81: William, Emily and Charles Shepherd
  • 82-86: William Shepherd Family
1 11
Arthur Shepherd's wives
  • 87-93: Grazella Pulliver Shepherd
  • 94: Hattie Shepherd and Bobbie
1 12-13
Charles L. Shepherd
  • 95-108: Charles L. Shepherd
1 14
Albert, Charles, Harry, Walter and William Shepherd
  • 109-111: Albert Shepherd
  • 112: Walter Shepherd
  • 113-119: Harry Shepherd
  • 120: William Shepherd, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Shepherd
  • 121: Charles and Harry Shepherd
1 15
Family photographs
  • 122: Walter Phipp Hove
  • 123: Richard Shepherd
  • 124: Peter Shepherd
  • 125: Betty Shepherd Musser and Dorothy Shepherd Van Stripriaan
  • 126: Mrs. Ella Shepherd
  • 127: Wives of Arthur Shepherd's brothers
  • 128: Betty Shepherd Musser
  • 129-130: Josie Shepherd
  • 131: Jeane and Ruth Shepherd
1 16
  • 132: Johanne Brahms
  • 133: Percy Goetschins
  • 134: Vivien Harvey Slater
  • 135-136: Arturo Toscanini
1 17
  • 137: Arthur Shepherd's home in Cleveland, Ohio, 1954
  • 138-139: Yaddo Music Festival
  • 140: Unidentified
  • 141: Hotel that Arthur Shepherd stayed in
  • 142: The Arthur Shepherd composition contest
  • 143-150: Unidentified
  • 151: Ricks Spring, Logan Canyon, Utah
  • 152: Unidentified group of men
1 18
Arthur Shepherd portrait

OversizeReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
2 1
Arthur Shepherd sketches, American composers dinner 1944

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Composers--United States--20th century.

Personal Names

  • Shepherd, Arthur, 1880-1958

Family Names

  • Shepard family

Geographical Names

  • Cleveland (Ohio)
  • Salt Lake City (Utah)

Form or Genre Terms

  • black-and-white prints (photographs)