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Clair W. Johnson papers

Identifier: 05-04-03-003

Scope and Contents

The Dr. Clair W. Johnson Collection is comprised of more than 150 band scores composed during the period of 1938-1968. Contained in six document boxes, the scores have been numbered and described as separate and discrete items. For most, only the published version of the composition survives. However, scores no. 151-154 include draft notations and paste-ups. These will be of particular interest to those studying Dr. Johnson’s methods and technique.

In addition to the musical scores, the collection contains a small amount of biographical material on Dr. Johnson, a copy of his 1937 thesis on band organization, and several copies of a college test he authored in 1961. The latter, Practical Scoring for the Concert Band, was “designed to enable those who write or arrange for the modern concert band to apply methods and practices proved successful by the masters of present and past periods.” These materials are contained in Box No. 7.


  • Creation: circa 1938-1968


Conditions Governing Use

The copyrights to all musical compositions in this collection are held by the respective publishers. Written permission must be obtained from them before reproductions can be made.

Biographical / Historical

Born: May 5, 1902, Mapleton, Utah. Son of Wayne and Anna Whitney Johnson.


2.8 Linear Feet (7 document cases)

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Custodial History

Material was acquired by Special Collections from Dr. Clair W. Johnson in June 1983. The collection was transferred to the Archives in April 2016.

John E. Lamborn
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Repository Details

Part of the Weber State University Archives Repository

3921 Central Campus Drive Dept 2901
Ogden UT 84408