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George H. Brimhall Memorial Essay Contest records

George H. Brimhall Memorial Essay Contest records

Dates: 2003-2016

Materials include the winning essays and related information from the George H. Brimhall Memorial Essay Contest. Dated 2003-2016.

  • Extent: 1 box (0.5 linear ft.)
  • Creator: George H. Brimhall Memorial Essay Contest. -- Brigham Young University. Alumni Association
  • Call Number: UA 1075
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; University Archives; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602; http://sc.lib.byu.edu/
  • Access Restrictions: Restricted. Closed for 25 years (until 2041) after the creation of the records and thereafter opem to the public after consultation with the University Archivist and in accordance with the General Restriction Statement of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections.
Languages and Scripts
English
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the George H. Brimhall Memorial Essay Contest records must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: UA 1075; George H. Brimhall Memorial Essay Contest records; University Archives; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: UA 1075, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Originally transferred to the University Archives from the Alumni Association, October 2003. Additions are transferred to the University Archives on an annual basis. Transferred to the University Archives from the Alumni Association, 2011. Transferred to the University Archives from the Alumni Association, 2012. Transferred to the University Archives from the Alumni Association, 2013. Transferred to the University Archives from the Alumni Association, 2014. Transferred to the University Archives from the Alumni Association, 2015. Transferred to the University Archives from the Alumni Association, 2016.
Acquisition Information
Transferred; Alumni Association; 2003. Transferred; Alumni Association; 2004. Transferred; Alumni Association; 2005. Transferred; Alumni Association; 2006. Transferred; Alumni Association; 2007. Transferred; Alumni Association; 2008. Transferred; Alumni Association; 2009. Transferred; Alumni Association; 2010. Transferred; Alumni Association; 2011. Transferred; Alumni Association; 2012. Transferred; Alumni Association; 2013. Transferred; Alumni Association; 2014. Transferred; Alumni Association; 2015. Transferred; Alumni Association; 2016.
Subject Terms
Colleges and Universities; Education; Brimhall, George H. (George Henry), 1853-1932; Brigham Young University--Students
Genre / Form
Essays
Processing Information
Processed; J. Gordon Daines III; October 2011. Processed; J. Gordon Daines III; October 2012. Processed; J. Gordon Daines III; October 2013. Processed; Hannah Waddel; October 2014. Processed; Eric Wolford; February 2016. Processed; Carol Allred; March 2017.
Appraisal Information
Student activities (University Archives Collection Development Policy, August 2015).
Finding Aid ID Number
UPB_UA1075
Finding Aid Title
George H. Brimhall Memorial Essay Contest records
Finding Aid Author
Jennifer Kim
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2018-09-20 13:45:50 -0600.
Finding Aid Language
English
Biographical Info:

Administrative History

The George H. Brimhall Memorial Essay Contest (1993-) was established to honor the founders of Brigham Young University as part of the university homecoming celebration.

The George H. Brimhall Memorial Essay Contest was established by the Brimhall Family Organization in 1993 to encourage students to gain a deeper appreciation for the founders of Brigham Young University. The contest is run by the Student Alumni Association and occurs every year as part of the university homecoming celebration.

Administrative History

The Brigham Young University Alumni Association (1903-) was created to promote and protect alumni relations and involvement with the University.

Although the Brigham Young University Alumni Association changed its name when Brigham Young Academy became a university, it had already existed alongside the Academy since 1893. During the years 1926-1938, it was generally known as the Associated Alumni of Brigham Young University. It has been an active member organization in the American Alumni Council since 1926. In 2009, the Alumni Association gave up its governing and fiduciary responsibilities and became an advisory body to the Department of Alumni Relations. Following is a list of its presidents: Joseph R. Murdock (1903-1904), Anthony C. Lund (1904-1905), Stephen L. Chipman (1905-1906), J. Will Knight (1906-1907), William E. Rydalch (1907-1908), Heber C. Jex (1908-1909), W. Lester Mangum (1909-1910), William E. Ryalen (1910-1911), Joseph B. Keller (1911-1912), Thomas N. Taylor (1912-1913), Edward H. Holt (1913-1915), Arthur Candland (1915-1916), R. Eugene Allen (1916-1919), Eugene L. Roberts (1919-1920), Henry Aldous Dixon (1920-1921), Herald R. Clark (1921-1922), Horace G. Merrill (1922-1923), Hugh M. Woodward (1923-1924), Edwin S. Hinckley (1924-1925), Oscar A. Kirkham (1925-1927), Richard R. Lyman (1927-1930), R. Leo Bird (1930-1933), Isaac E. Brockbank (1933-1935), Fred R. Hinckley (1935-1936), Earl J. Glade (1936-1938), Lynn S. Richards (1938-1938), J. Clifton Moffitt (1938-1939), Junius M. Jackson (1939-1940), Bryant S. Hinckley (1940-1941), George Albert Smith (1941-1942), Marion J. Greenwood (1942-1944), Don B. Colton (1944-1945), L. Weston Oaks (1945-1946), Harold R. Clark (1946-1947), Clyde D. Sandgren (1947-1951), Roy Broadbent (1951-1952), Wallace W. Brockbank (1952-1953), Raymond B. Holbrook (1953-1955), S. Lynn Richards (1955-1956), Grant Thorn (1956-1957), G. Robert Ruff (1957-1959), Clyde J. Summerhays (1957-1959), DaCosta Clark (1960-1961), E. Lamar Buckner (1961-1962), Sanford M. Bingham (1962-1963), Arch L. Madsen (1963-1964), Phillip V. Christensen (1964-1965), Harold H. Smith (1965-1967), William Sorensen (1967-1968), Howard C. Maycock (1968-1969), Ernest Ludlow Wilkinson (1969-1971), Don Alder (1971-1972), Fred L. Markham (1972-1973), Albert Choules, Jr. (1973-1974), Roy E. Christensen (1974-1975), Harold P. Christensen (1975-1976), Dr. John Zenger (1977-1978), Robert Thorn (1978-1979), Gloria Firmage (1979-1980), Howard Edwards (1980-1981), Nancy Rooker (1981-1982), John Stohlton (1982-1983), Paul Eckel (1983-1984), Kieth Merrill (1984-1985), Anna Marie Hales (1985-1986), David K. Udall (1986-1987), Steven R. Shallenberger (1987-1988), Richard Galbraith (1988-1989), Joan Peterson Fisher (1989-1990), David P. Forsyth (1990-1991), W. Kenneth Thiess (1991-1992), Dr. E. Bruce McIff (1992-1993), Dr. Glenna Cooper Boyce (1993-1995), Tom Hart (1995-1997), Paul E. Gilbert (1997-1999), Diana Peterson (1999-2000), Russell Booth (2000-2002), Brent Romney (2002-2004), Carr Krueger II (2004-2006), J. Craig McIlroy (2006-2008), Bruce Olsen (2008), Dee T. Allsop (2008-2010), and Chris Feinauer (2010- ).

The Alumni Association is dedicated to promoting the welfare of the University and to keeping alumni interest alive in the university. To achieve these goals, the Association has, over the years: organized alumni clubs; hosted events such as receptions, reunions, and parades; raised funds for scholarships, athletic programs, and campus housing projects; and sponsored student programs. Fundraising functions shifted over time, and the Alumni Association is no longer actively involved in fundraising efforts. In addition to these services, the Alumni Association was responsible for keeping records on alumni of the university. In 1963, the Association opened the Aspen Grove Family Camp, a popular family summer retreat for alumni and others. The Association has continued to run Aspen Grove, and has expanded it to include: marriage weekend getaways, fall family getaways, holiday family retreats, youth conferences, skiing trips, and business meetings or retreats. In 1964, the Alumni Association created the Cougar Club, an organization which offers benefits to its members, who donate money for athletic recruiting. The Alumni Association has also produced several publications. Through the sponsorship of the Alumni Association, the descendants of former Brigham Young University president George H. Brimhall honor the founders of Brigham Young University with the yearly Brimhall Essay Contest. The competition is designed to encourage high levels of scholarship among Brigham Young University students and promote their understanding and appreciation of Brigham Young University's mission and the legacy and challenges of its founders.

Biographical History

George H. Brimhall (1852-1932) was a student, teacher, principal, department head, acting president, president, president emeritus, and head of the alumni association at Brigham Young University.

George Henry Brimhall was born in Salt Lake City on December 9, 1852, to George Washington Brimhall and Rachel Ann Mayer. At age eighteen, he attended high school at the Timpanogos Branch of the University of Deseret in nearby Provo taught by Warren and Wilson Dusenberry. He and some friends built a school they named the Young Men's Academy. There Brimhall met Alsina Elizabeth Wilkins, a student at the academy, whom he married in the Endowment House in Salt Lake City on December 28, 1874. Together, they had six children. In September 1885, Brimhall married a second wife, Flora Robertson, in the Logan Temple. Together, they had eight children.

He gained teacher's certi?cates and diplomas and was elected superintendent of Utah County Schools and Provo City Schools. In 1891, the BYA board of trustees chairman, Abraham O. Smoot, asked Brimhall, to join Brigham Young Academy's teaching sta? and head the Normal (teacher training) Department. Brimhall received the degree of Bachelor of Pedagogy and became BYA Alumni Association's ?rst president. He received all of his higher education at BYA or BYU.

In 1898, Brimhall became a member of the General Church Board of Education. From 1900-1902, while Benjamin Cluff Jr. was away, he became acting principal of BYA. In December 1903, he received a letter from Joseph F. Smith asking him to be the president of the newly renamed Brigham Young University. He was inaugurated as BYU's second president on April 16, 1904 with Joseph B. Keller and Edwin S. Hinckley as his counselors.

Brigham Young University underwent a great deal of change under Brimhall's tenure. Student enrollment expanded, the degree of bachelor of pedagogy was replaced by the Bachelor of Arts and a master's degree was o?ered. In addition, The Banyan, the university's first yearbook was published, the block Y on a mountain above campus had been painted, thirty-seven acres of the upper (present) campus had been acquired, the ?rst honorary degree had been conferred, and two new buildings (the Maeser Memorial Building and the Mechanic Arts Building, now known as the Brimhall Building) had been erected on upper campus.

Brimhall was released as president of BYU in 1921. He remained on campus and continued with his work for Church seminaries and as a member of the General Board of the Young Men's Mutual Improvement Association. Brimhall died on July 29, 1932 in Provo, Utah.



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