Richard L. Gunn diaries on Travel Study

Richard L. Gunn diaries on Travel Study

Dates: 1986-2004

Contains illustrated diaries by Richard L. Gunn documenting his work with BYU Travel Study. Includes detailed descriptions of individual tours with embedded photographs to areas including Europe, Africa, Asia, and South America. Dated 1986-2004.

  • Extent: 12 cartons (12 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Gunn, Richard L., 1918
  • Call Number: MSS 9087
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; University Archives; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602;
  • 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 Richard L. Gunn diaries on Travel Study must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS 9087, Richard L. Gunn diaries on Travel Study; University Archives; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 9087, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Richard L. Gunn produced these diaries based on his trips with BYU Travel Study. His widow Jeanine donated them to Special Collections in December 2017.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Jeanine D. Gunn; December 2017.
Subject Terms
Education; Colleges and Universities; Student Life; Travel; Europe--Description and travel; South America--Description and travel; Asia--Description and travel; Africa--Description and travel; Brigham Young University. Department of Travel Study
Genre / Form
Narratives; Photographs; Diaries
Processing Information
Processed; Maddi Stanley; January 2018.
Appraisal Information
Campus activities (University Archives collection development policy, V. b. v. 2. d, October 2015).
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Finding Aid Title
Gunn (Richard L.) diaries on Travel Study
Finding Aid Author
Maddi Stanley
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2018-07-23 17:16:43 -0600.
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Biographical Info:

Biographical History

Richard L. Gunn (1918-2013) was an art history professor at Brigham Young University.

Richard L. Gunn was born September 28, 1918 to Benjamin and Fanny Ensign Gunn. He was serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Hawaii when Pearl Harbor was attacked, which led him to enlist in the Army when he returned home. He attended the University of Utah for two years before transferring to Brigham Young University, where he completed a BS in Art in 1947 and an MS in Art 1950. He married Jeanne Wright in 1942, and they went on to have six children. She passed away in 1987 from cancer. He later married Jeanine Done Hansen. He taught public school for years before serving as the curator of the Springville Art Museum. He is best known for the 35 years he taught art history at BYU. He was recognized as Professor of the Year in 1972 and was presented with a Distinguished Service Award in 1976. He passed away March 28, 2013.

Administrative History

The Department of Travel Study (1951-2005) was an administrative unit at Brigham Young University.

The Department of Travel Study was created in 1951 to allow patrons to travel to different countries and parts of the United States in order to combine academic, spiritual, and intercultural goals in a unique way. The program was designed for anyone who wanted to participate, even those who were not full-time BYU students and for BYU students who who could not go on Study Abroad or to the Jerusalem Center for Near Eastern Studies. The Division of Continuing Education ended the Department of Travel Study in 2004 because of the precarious state of world travel and for financial reasons.

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