Avard T. Fairbanks papers

Avard T. Fairbanks papers

Dates: 1906-1987

Correspondence (including with church officials), lecture notes, addresses, sketches and drawings. Personal papers and collected items of Avard T. Fairbanks, a sculptor and professor of fine arts. A 1941 letter from the Hawaiian temple presidency praising Fairbanks for his sculptures on temple grounds and informing him of a new monument he is to put at Ewa Plantation School. A 1951 letter from Joseph F. Merrill congratulating Fairbanks on the marriage of his son. Handwritten drafts of Fairbanks’ 1962 letter to the First Presidency about a monument Fairbanks was to sculpt (about the Restoration of the Melchizedek Priesthood). A paper discussing the purpose of The American Academy of Fine Arts. Three 1987 Letters from Bernard P. Brockbank and Russell M. Nelson and the First Presidency (Ezra Taft Benson, Gordon B. Hinckley and Thomas S. Monson) to Avard T. Fairbank’s widow, Beatrice Maude. Letters from Chris Poulos (Chairman of BYU Education Week, 1965), Mark E. Peterson, Francis Case, Delbert L. Stapley, Harold W. Burton (a Los Angeles architect), Garna Ririe, B. F. Larsen, Frederick M. Smith (of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints), J. Reuben Clark, Richard Garbett, David O. McKay, George D. Pyper (General Superintendant of the Deseret Sunday School Union Board), Leowell L. Bennion (of the Institute of Religion), LeGrand Richards, and Richard R. Lyman. Papers about Christ for the Holy City, a statue proposed for Jerusalem. Some drawings.

  • Extent: 1 carton (1 linear ft.). -- 1 folder (0.1 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Fairbanks, Avard T. (Avard Tennyson), 1897-1987
  • Call Number: MSS 5866
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84606; http://sc.lib.byu.edu/
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
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Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Avard T. Fairbanks papers 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 5866; Avard T. Fairbanks papers; 20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 5866, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated by Eugene Fairbanks, son of Avard, in 1993 and 1994.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Eugene Fairbanks; 1993 and 1994.
Related Material
MSS P 9 John B. Fairbanks. Eugene Fairbanks also donated some glass plate negatives of John B. Fairbanks on the Benjamin Cluff Expedition.
Subject Terms
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints--Art; Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; Fine Arts; Mormon art
Genre / Form
Processing Information
Processed; H. Christine Swindler; 14 August 2007.
Appraisal Information
LDS scholarship and historiography (Collection development policy of 20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts, August 2007).
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
Fairbanks (Avard T.) papers
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by H. Christine Swindler and Karen Glenn, student processors and John Murphy, curator
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2010-10-07T15:49-0600
Finding Aid Language
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.
Biographical Info:

Biographical History

Avard Tennyson Fairbanks (1897-1987) was Dean of Fine Arts at the University of Utah.

Avard Tennyson Fairbanks was born 2 March 1897 in Provo, Utah to John Boylston and Lilly Annetta Huish Fairbanks. He married Beatrice Maude Fox on 25 June 1918 in Honolulu, Hawaii. They had ten children. Avard's father was a talented artist, and Avard followed in his footsteps, becoming well-known at a young age. He was called a young Michelangelo. He graduated from Yale and the University of Michigan and was eventually appointed Dean of Fine Arts at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. Avard died 1 January 1987 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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