Paul Hyer faculty and family papers

Paul Hyer faculty and family papers

Dates: bulk 1950-1990, 1941-2008

Collection contains correspondence, research, microfilm, and more collected by or created by Paul Hyer as a professor of history at Brigham Young University, primarily from the late 1950s to the 1990s. This research was primarily centered on Mongolia and Tibet, and includes particular interest in Demcugdongrub, Kanjurwa Khutughtu, and the Dalai Lama. Hyer was one of the first researchers of Tibet and Mongolia from a Japanese perspective; therefore sources are in Japanese as well as Chinese, Mongolian, and Tibetan.

  • Extent: 27 cartons (27 linear ft.). -- 4 boxes (2 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Hyer, Paul
  • Call Number: MSS 6650
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84606;
Languages and Scripts
Multiple languages
The collection is divided into 2 series. Series 1 is Paul Hyer's faculty papers. Series 2 is his family papers.
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Paul Hyer faculty and family 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 6650; Paul Hyer faculty and family papers; 20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 6650, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated by Paul Hyer in 2009.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Paul Hyer; 2009.
Other Finding Aids
More detailed finding aid available in repository upon request.
Related Material
UA 612; Paul Hyer Mongolian collection.
Subject Terms
Bstan-'dzin-rgya-mtsho, Dalai Lama XIV, 1935-; Demcug?dongrub, 1902-1966; Kanjurwa Khutughtu, 1914-1978; Thub-bstan-rgya-mtsho, Dalai Lama XIII, 1876-1933; Anthropology; Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; Inner Mongolia (China); Mongolia--Civilization--Tibetan influences; Tibet Autonomous Region (China)--History
Genre / Form
Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.); Histories; Letters; Microfilms
Processing Information
Processed; Cynthia Ann Smith and Elizabeth Ballif (student processors) and John Murphy (curator); 2009.
Appraisal Information
LDS scholarship and historiography (20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy 5.III, August 2007).
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Finding Aid Title
Hyer (Paul) faculty and family papers
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Cynthia Ann Smith and Elizabeth Ballif, student processors, and John Murphy, Curator.
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2012-08-02T09:42-0600
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Biographical History

Paul Hyer was born in Utah to Ariel C. and Johanna Hyer in 1926. He served in the US Navy during World War II in the Pacific from 1944 to 1946. He then served another two years as a missionary in Japan from 1946 to 1948 in the Central Pacific Mission. He then married Harriet Johns 15 December 1948. He received a bachelor's in history from Brigham Young University in 1951, master's in Asian history and Asian social institutions from Berkeley in 1953, and PhD in Asian history also from Berkeley in 1961. Hyer became a professor of history at Brigham Young University. Among his accomplishments there, he founded the Asian studies program in 1960. He spent over fourteen years in Asia and lectured at five Chinese universities. He also served as mission president in Taiwan from 1982 to 1985 and as temple president in Taiwan from 1988 to 1990. He was appointed executive director of the International Society.

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