Hans Franklin and Florence Jepperson Madsen papers, 1886-1977

Overview of the Collection

Madsen, Franklin, 1887-1971
Hans Franklin and Florence Jepperson Madsen papers
1886-1977 (inclusive)
11.5 linear feet, (12 boxes)
Collection Number
ACCN 2716
The H. Franklin and Florence Jepperson Madsen papers (1904-1977) consist of family history and biographical materials, musical performance programs, BYU music department booklets, sheet music, and news clippings pertaining to the lives and careers of Drs. Madsen.
University of Utah Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library
University of Utah
295 South 1500 East
Salt Lake City, UT

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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

Florence Jepperson Madsen (1886-1977) and Hans Franklin Madsen (1887-1971) were married August 30, 1922. The Drs. Madsen shared life-long investments in music. Florence was raised in a prominent family of artists and musicians in Provo. Florence held a career as a contralto soloist on the east coast prior to teaching at Brigham Young University (BYU); Franklin sang with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and studied voice under Florence. Both held advanced degrees in Music from the New England Conservatory of Music as well as from BYU, including the honorary title of Emeritus which they each were awarded after over 40 years of teaching at the institution. They were also active participants in their religious community and traveled world-wide in this capacity. Florence held a position in the Relief Society of the Church of Latter Day Saints and served as the music director for the Singing Mothers choir. She also composed music, including several standards for LDS choruses. Florence received many distinguished awards and honors throughout her career; a recital hall in the Harris Fine Arts Center on the BYU campus also bears the name of Drs. Frank and Florence Madsen.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Hans Franklin and Florence Jepperson Madsen papers contains Jepperson family history research and materials (including programs, news clippings, and sheet music) pertaining to the musical and academic careers of the Drs. Madsen. Materials pertaining to the Jepperson family are located in Box 1 of 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

Acquisition Information

Donated by Judith Jarrow in 2013.

Processing Note

Processed by Emma McFarland and Betsey Welland in 2013.

Separated Materials

Photograph and audio materials have been transferred to the Multimedia Division of Special Collections.

Related materials can be found in the H. Franklin and Florence Jepperson Madsen collection located at the Harold B. Lee Library at Brigham Young University.

Related Materials

Forms part of the Aileen H. Clyde 20th Century Women's Legacy Archive.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

I:  Jepperson and Johnson family history materials, 1920-1977Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1
Florence Jepperson Madsen obituaries, funeral service program, memorial booklet and correspondence
1 2
Jepperson and Madsen family obituaries
1 3
Jepperson family biographical and genealogical information
1 4
Research notes and correspondence
1 5
Pedigree charts
1 6
John Peter Rasmus Johnson Bulletin, family memoranda, and " Portrait History of J.P.R. Johnson"
1 7
Beehive History, volume 24, " Creators"
See page 22-27 for article " Eyes That Could See Beauty: Samuel Jepperson, Early Pioneer Artist" by D. Robert Carter.

II:  Florence and Franklin career materials, 1909-1962Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
2 1
Biography of Florence Jepperson Madsen by Grace Croft
2 2
Florence Jepperson Contralto pamphlet, professor card, and images
2 3
Franklin Madsen passport
2 4
Choral performance programs
The majority of these programs are from concerts conducted or performed by Franklin or Florence Jepperson Madsen.
2 5
Tabernacle Choir tour materials and news clippings
Franklin Madsen sang with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir during this tour.
2 6
Chicago Musical College materials
Both Franklin and Florence studied here.
2 7
State and Intermountain Contest of Music, Price, Utah
Franklin Madsen was a judge for this competition.
2 8
McCune School of Music and Art announcements
2 9
Music Lessons for Florence Jepperson Madsen
2 10
British Mission Itinerary
2 11
A Tribute to Florence Jepperson Madsen by Vida Fugal Swenson
2 12
Florence Jepperson Madsen Recent Publication cards
2 13
Florence Jepperson charcoal drawing
2 14
Florence Jepperson Madsen, Music Leadership in the Relief Society

III:  Brigham Young University (BYU) materials, 1920-1972Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
3 1
The Banyan BYU Yearbook
3 2
Information concerning the trips of the Glee Club
3 3
Honorary award and plaque presented to Florence Jepperson Madsen
3 4
College of Fine Arts, Music Department and other general brochures

IV:  News clippings, 1907-1976Return to Top

The majority of the clippings refer to BYU student productions and performances directed or conducted by the Madsens.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
4 1-4
News clippings
1907-1962; undated
4 5
Clippings and articles honoring Florence Jepperson Madsen

V:  Articles, publications, and news clippings, 1926-1976Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
5 1
Collected articles, notes, and clippings on Mormonism
5 2
Church News
Issues include articles about the Singing Mothers choir conducted by Florence Jepperson Madsen.
5 3
Ensign, Special Issue
5 4
Millennial Star
Florence Jepperson Madsen and the Singing Mothers choir featured in both issues.
1959; 1961
5 5
The New England Conservatory of Music Bulletin, vol. 8, no. 3
5 6
Provo A Story of People in Motion (1974), Provo City Center dedication program (1972)
1972; 1974
5 7
Heber J. Grant, " Treasures I Would Share"
5 8
General interest articles and other materials
1926; 1945
5 9
General interest news clippings
1940; 1970; 1976
The Etude

VI:  General materials, 1912-1965Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
7 1
7 2
Cards and postcards
7 3
General Geology Compiled, Chiefly, from Geology, Physical and Historical by Franklin Madsen
7 4
Official Proceedings of the 29th Annual Convention of the American Federation of Musicians
7 5
Anniversary celebration and newsletter of Boston churches
Churches are the Old South Church and Buena Memorial Presbyterian.
19198; 1928
7 6
Relief Society hand-outs and church record forms
7 7
Folder includes, among other hand-written and typed poems, Tea-cup Magic by Marguerite Jepperson.
7 8
Sampson and Delilah libretto
Notations r " Attended May 16, 1923 in the London Opera House given by the British Grand Opera Company" .
7 9
Song books: School Songs, Famous Hymns, Five Favorite Anthems by Evan Stephens
School Songs reads " Arranged for the Public Schools Provo City, Utah" and includes hand-written marginalia.
7 10
Pocket dictionary and Illustrated Dictionary of Modern Musical Instruments
7 11
Collected illustrations and paper fan
7 12
7 13
General materials
7 14
Florence Jepperson nameplate

VII:  OversizeReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Sheet music and poster
Contains music composed by Florence Jepperson Madsen and Franklin Madsen as well as hand-transcribed music and other published works. Included is a poster titled, " Deses Indian Concert Band" signed by Albert H. Deses, the conductor.
News clipping scrapbook
Clippings are in a Scandinavian language.
Postcard album
Commemorative paper doll of Florence Jepperson Madsen
Commemorative paper doll of Franklin Madsen

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Music--Utah--History

Personal Names

  • Madsen, Florence Jepperson, 1886-1977--Archives
  • Madsen, Franklin, 1887-1971--Archives

Form or Genre Terms

  • Clippings
  • Programs