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John M. Elzey papers

Identifier: 05-04-03-002

Scope and Contents

The collection contains the plays directed by or otherwise involving John M. Elzey, his professional documents and correspondence, and teaching materials used for both his students’ and his own learning. A significant portion of the collection deals with Elzey’s interest and training in Asian theatre.


  • Creation: 1956-1991
  • Other: Date acquired: 2000-08-24


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use.

Biographical or Historical Information

John Myles Elzey was born August 1, 1931. He began attending Weber College in 1949 and was elected student body president in 1953. He graduated in 1954 with an Associate of Arts degree and went on to the University of Utah to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts. In 1958 he was asked to design a set for Amahl and the Night Visitor, and the following year he began teaching at Weber College in the Performing Arts Department. His first dramatic production was Oedipus Rex. During his tenure at Weber State John directed numerous dramatic productions which ranged from Greek tragedy to light-hearted plays for children. He soon realized that the community favorites were musical productions, so he established the Festival of American Theatre. Dr. Elzey went on to get a Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Utah and a PhD from the University of Minnesota. He traveled with the State Department Tour in South America, successfully producing 33 showings of Annie Get Your Gun. He also traveled to Kyoto and Tokyo, Japan, to observe the Kabuki, Noh, and Kyogen theatre styles. Towards the end of his career his interest in Japanese and Hawaiian theatre increased. He taught at Weber State for 32 years, directing 54 productions during that time. He died of cancer on September 27, 1991.


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Language of Materials



This collection containes three series. Series 1, Plays and musicals, 1956-1988; Series 2, General office files, 1958-1987; Series 3, Asian studies, 1956-1991. Original order was maintained as much as possible, thus each series is in alphabetical order based on title or subject matter.

Physical Access Requirements

There are no physical access restrictions.

Technical Access Requirements

There are no technical access restrictions.

Custodial History

Material was acquired from the John M. Elzey family (2000-039; 2010-011), Caril Jennings (2021-032), and Sharon Larkin (2022-026).

Source of Acquisition

John M. Elzey family

Method of Acquisition

Acquired from the John M. Elzey family, 2000 and 2010.

Accruals and Additions

No accruals are expected.

Separated Materials

3 small format negatives from the play “Janus”; 6 small format negatives from the play “Picnic”; 7 small format negatives from the play “Time Limit”; 8 small format negatives from the play “The Philadelphia Story”; 44 negative film strips of the play “Mother Courage and Her Children” (one set of copies still with collection); 14 negative film strips of the play “Taming of the Shrew” (one set of copies still with collection); 1 negative film strip of the play “Time Limit”. Projector slides from “Mother Courage” (28 slides), “The Taming of the Shrew” (2 slides), and Chinese culture and art (30 slides) have been removed to be put into the Cold Storage Image Collection. All negatives and projector slides have been scanned to create a digital copy and have been burned to a CD which is located in box 1, folder 0.

Publication Rights

Materials may be used for non-profit and educational purposes, please credit the University Archives, Stewart Library, Weber State University. Reproduction for publication, exhibition, web display or commercial use is only permissible with the consent of the University Archives, Stewart Library, Weber State University.”

Brian Simmons, 2014
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Repository Details

Part of the Weber State University Archives Repository

3921 Central Campus Drive Dept 2901
Ogden UT 84408