Maeser Elementary School collection

Maeser Elementary School collection

Dates: 1898-1996

Contains school/history books and scrapbooks, administrative files, student records, school artifacts, photographs, movies and movie equipment. Recounts history of the school with select artifacts from the school.

  • Extent: 1 box (0.5 linear ft.). -- 8 oversize boxes (20 linear ft.). -- 21 cartons (21 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Maeser Elementary School (Provo, Utah)
  • Call Number: MSS 2377
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602;
  • Access Restrictions: Preliminarily processed--access with permission from the Supervisor of Reference Service of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections. Collection will be open to the public, except those student records whose use is restricted by Federal law.
Languages and Scripts
The collection is divided into five series: 1. Maeser School history books/scrapbooks, 1898-1996; 2. Maeser School files, 1906-1996; 3. Maeser School artifacts, undated; 4. Maeser School photographs/photographic equipment, 1898-1979; and 5. Maeser School movies/movie equipment, 1947-1978.
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Maeser Elementary School collection must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the Special Collections Board of Curators.
Preferred Citation
Initial Citation: MSS 2377; Maeser Elementary School collection; 20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following Citations: MSS 2377, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated by the Provo School District, administrator Greg Hudnell, in June 2002.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Provo School District administrator Greg Hudnell; June 2002.
Separated Material
Items in Box 21 were sent to Conservation and have been encased in foam.
Other Finding Aids
Box-level inventory available online.
Subject Terms
Maeser Elementary School (Provo, Utah); Education; Education, Elementary--Utah--Provo; Elementary and Secondary Education; Elementary schools--Utah--Provo; Parents' and teachers' associations--Utah--Provo; Utah--History
Genre / Form
Artifacts; Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.); Documentary films; Histories; Photographs; Scrapbooks
Processing Information
Processed; 2003.
Appraisal Information
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
Maeser Elementary School Collection
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013-08-05T10:15-0600
Finding Aid Language
Finding aid encoded in English.
Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008
Biographical Info:

Biographical History

Maeser Elementary School, named in honor of Karl G. Maeser, was built in 1898. It operated for 103 years, until it was closed in June 2002 by the Provo School District.

Maeser Elementary School, located at 150 South 500 East, Provo, Utah, was built in 1898. The building was designed by architect Richard C. Watkins. The school formally opened on November 7, 1898, under the direction of Principal J.M. Jensen. The school was named in honor of Karl G. Maeser, a great proponent of education. Maeser Elementary functioned for 103 years and was Utah’s oldest school in operation until it closed in June 2002, due to the deterioration of the building and high maintenance costs.

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John Murphy
Curator - 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts