Harvey L. Taylor papers

Harvey L. Taylor papers

Dates: 1894-1983

This initial segment of Harvey Taylor's personal and professional papers fills five containers: 3 cartons, 1 half size document case, and 1 oversize document case. Included are personal journals, writings in personal and family history, and tape and disc recordings; yearbooks and scrapbooks from the educational institutions at which Taylor worked, viz. Weber Academy and Mesa [Arizona] Schools as well as a few Superintendent's Annual Reports, 1946-50 for the Mesa Schools; a few letters; and speeches.

  • Extent: 5 boxes (2.5 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Taylor, Harvey L., 1894-1983
  • Call Number: MSS 1593
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602; http://sc.lib.byu.edu/
  • Access Restrictions: The collection is open to research use with the exception of the journals. Access to the journals before November 15, 2003, requires written permission from Janyce L. Taylor, 1598 Willow Lane, Provo, UT 84601.
Languages and Scripts
Arranged in 4 series as follows: 1. Harvey L. Taylor personal papers, 1894-1983; 2. Harvey L. Taylor education papers, 1915; 3. Harvey L. Taylor career papers, 1921-1972; and 4. Harvey L. Taylor retirement papers, undated.
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Harvey L. Taylor collection must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Preferred Citation
Initial Citation: MSS 1593; Harvey L. Taylor papers; 20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following Citations: MSS 1593, LTPSC.
Custodial History
The collection of Harvey L. Taylor was donated by the Taylor family to the Brigham Young University Archives after his death.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Taylor family; post-1983.
Separated Material
The following materials were separated from the collection. Slide collection (transferred to Photoarchives, approximately 500 slides): In 15 packets: Mesa Arizona High Schools, Provo and Indian Seminaries, Tuba City/Chapel, BYU Folkdancers, Europe, 1964, Mexico Schools, Church College of New Zealand, Hawaii, Western Samoa, Western Samoa, Tonga, Australia and Pacific The History of L.D.S. Church Schools, 2 vols. (1971) Compiled by Harvey L. Taylor. Cataloged in the Mss/Ref Collection. One Hundred Years 1830-1930 Centennial Celebration of the Organization of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-daySaints. (October 1930) Transferred to Special Collections.
Other Finding Aids
File-level inventory available online. http://files.lib.byu.edu/ead/XML/MSS1593.xml
Related Material
A large collection of files generated by Taylor while serving as a vice-president at Brigham Young University is available in the University Archives.
Subject Terms
Colleges and Universities; Education; Schools
Genre / Form
Diaries; Letters; Reports; Scrapbooks; Speeches, addresses, etc.; Yearbooks
Processing Information
Processed; Dennis Rowley; 1991.
Appraisal Information
Collection provides information on the life and work of a prominent LDS educator and school administrator, thereby suppotying the collecting focus on the historical collections of leading LDS scholars, scientists, historians, etc. Utah and American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.VII, 2007).
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
Taylor (Harvey L.) papers
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Dennis Rowley and Susan Corrigan
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2014-03-09T04:05-0600
Finding Aid Language
Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008
Biographical Info:

Biographical History

Mormon educator and former vice president of Brigham Young University.

"Dr. Harvey L. Taylor, 89, former vice president of Brigham Young University and educator for 52 years, died Tuesday, Nov. 15, 1983, at Utah Valley Hospital, Provo.

He was born Aug. 28, 1894, in Harrisville, to Harvey Daniel and Letty May Saunders Taylor. He married Lucelle Eliza Rhees, May 18, 1916, in the Salt Lake Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She died April 4, 1977.

He graduated from the University of Utah and Columbia University and was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Law Degree by Arizona State University. He was both a teacher and administrator.

His first teaching positions were in Weber and Summit Counties. In 1928 he was invited to serve as president of Gila Junior College in Thatcher, Ariz. He accepted a position as superintendent of Mesa Union High School in 1933 and later was appointed superintendent of Mesa Union High School and later was appointed superintendent of Mesa Public Schools until 1953.

He was then appointed vice president of Brigham Young University and vice chancellor of the LDS Unified Church School System. Later, when the two organizations were separated, he was appointed to be the administrator of all LDS Church Schools as well as seminaries and institutes.

Dr. Taylor has received many honors including the Silver Beaver award from the Boy Scouts of America along with the 50 years BSA Service Award, Mesa's Most Valuable Citizen Award, BYU Alumni Distinguished Service Award, and the Ricks College Distinguished Service Award. Mesa City named a recreation field after him.

He also received the Arizona Governor's Award of Honor to a Distinguished Citizen for Meritorious Service; the Weber State College Alumni Meritorious Service Award; State of Utah Third Juvenile District Court Distinguished Service Award to Youth and the Honorary Master M-Men Award [from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints] for distinguished service to youth.

A member of the LDS Church, he served for 30 years as a Sunday School teacher and in many leadership positions. When he retired in 1971 after 52 years of service to education, he was commissioned by the LDS Church Board of Education to write the story of LDS Church Schools. He completed the work in 1972.

Survivors include three daughters: Molliemae Taylor Johnson Hatch of Taylor, Ariz.; Dr. Janyce L. Taylor of Provo; Mrs. Reed R. (Betty L.) Rosenberg of Bakersfield, Calif.; 12 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, Dr. Harvey Darrel Taylor."

[Statement excerpted from obituary in the Provo Daily Herald, 17 Nov., 1983]

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