Hans Franklin and Florence Jepperson Madsen photograph collection, 1900-1970

Overview of the Collection

Madsen, Franklin, 1887-1971
Hans Franklin and Florence Jepperson Madsen photograph collection
1900-1970 (inclusive)
1,027 items, (6 boxes)
Collection Number
Florence Jepperson Madsen (1886-1977) and Hans Franklin Madsen (1887-1971) were musicians, vocalists, and performers who taught music at Brigham Young University in the twentieth century. Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, the Madsens sang for and directed various church choirs and composed religious music. This collection contains photographs of the Madsen's careers, honors, families, and friends.
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

Florence Jepperson Madsen (1886-1977) was born in on December 15, 1886 in Provo, Utah, to Minnie Johnson and Samuel H. Jepperson. Hans Franklin Madsen (1887-1971). Hans Franklin Madsen was born on September 18, 1887 in Provo, Utah, to Maria J. Sorenson and Hans Madsen. Florence Jepperson and Hans Franklin Madsen married on August 30, 1922; together they raised three daughters who Florence Madsen had adopted the year of her marriage. The Drs. Madsen shared life-long investments in music. Florence Jepperson Madsen was raised in a prominent family of artists and musicians in Provo, Utah. Florence Madsen held a career as a contralto soloist on the east coast prior to teaching at Brigham Young University (BYU); Franklin Madsen 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.

The Madsens were members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. They were active participants in their religious community and traveled world-wide in this capacity. While serving on a mission in Denmark and Scandinavia, Franklin Madsen directed the church choir and began composing religious music. Florence Madsen 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 was also a member of the church’s General Music Committee, a role that led her to compose hymns for women’s voices.

Franklin Madsen died on October 2, 1971. Florence Jepperson Madsen died on April 8, 1977. Throughout their careers in music, the Madsens received many distinguished awards and honors. A recital hall in the Harris Fine Arts Center on the BYU campus bears the name of Drs. Frank and Florence Madsen.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Hans Franklin and Florence Jepperson Madsen photograph collection consists of 6 boxes containing 1,027 items. Boxes 1-3 contain portraits and candid photographs of Florence and Franklin Madsen and their families; photographs of the Madsens at graduations and events honoring them; and photographs of music instructors and performers. Boxes 4-6 are oversized and contain large-format portraits, a panorama, and a photograph album. The collection dates from approximately 1900 to 1970.

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 Hans Franklin and Florence Jepperson Madsen photograph collection must be obtained from the Special Collections Manuscript Curator.

Preferred Citation

Initial Citation: Hans Franklin and Florence Jepperson Madsen photograph collection, P1860, Box [ ]. Special Collections and Archives. University of Utah, J. Willard Marriott Library. Salt Lake City, Utah.

Following Citations: P1860.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Arranged by subject

Acquisition Information

Donated by Judith Jarrow in 2013.

Processing Note

Processed by Special Collections staff.

Separated Materials

See also the Hans Franklin and Florence Jepperson Madsen papers (ACCN 2716) in the Manuscripts Division of Special Collections.

Related Materials

See also the H. Franklin and Florence Jepperson Madsen Collections, 1901-1971 at the L. Tom Perry Special Collections at Brigham Young University.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
1 1 Minnie Johnson Jepperson (Florence's Mother)
1 2 Parley Jepperson (Florence's brother)
1 3 "Uncle Hyrum" Jepperson and Family
1 4 Jepperson Family
1 5 Jepperson Family Candid Photos
1 6 Artwork by Samuel Jepperson
1 7 Florence Jepperson Madsen Portraits
1 8 Florence Jepperson Madsen Portraits
2 1 Florence Jepperson Madsen Portraits
2 2 Florence Jepperson Madsen Portraits
2 3 Florence and her Music Graduation Class at Brigham Young University
2 4 Hans Franklin Madsen Portraits
2 5 Julius Madsen (Franklin's Brother)
2 6 Florence and Franklin's Graduation
2 7 Florence and Franklin Receiving Honors at Brigham Young University
2 8 Florence and Franklin Madsen Portraits
2 9 Florence and Franklin Madsen Candid Photos
2 10 Acquaintances
3 1 "Our Quartette at Oak Bluffs, Boston," "Choir Loft of Harvard Church"
3 2 Instructors and Performers
3 3 Group Photos of Performers
3 4 Florence Madsen at Various Events
3 5 Group Events
3 6 Events with David O. McKay
3 7 General Royalty Check
3 8 Gift from British Presidency and Singers, 1961
3 9 Portrait of Florence (Duplicates)
4 1 Florence Jepperson Madsen and (Emily) Marguerite Jepperson, Florence and Franklin's Teacher Yesley la Violette in Chicago 1928
4 2 Recital Panorama
4 3 Samuel Jepperson's Farm
5 1 Hans Franklin Madsen's Mission to Denmark
5 2 Woodblock Portraits, Jepperson Genealogy
6 1 Book of Remembrance
6 2 Family Photo Album

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Brigham Young University--Faculty--Photographs
  • Music teachers--Utah--Photographs
  • Singers--Utah--Photographs

Personal Names

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

Corporate Names

  • Brigham Young University. Department of Music

Geographical Names

  • Provo (Utah)

Form or Genre Terms

  • black-and-white prints (photographs)
  • cabinet photographs
  • photograph albums
  • photographic postcards