George H. Brimhall presidential papers

George H. Brimhall presidential papers

Dates: 1903-1932

The collection consists primarily of 15 series' worth of correspondencethat documents the administration of Brigham Young University during George H. Brimhall's presidency. It also contains the odd file of financial or other administrative papers (reports, receipts, notes, etc.), photos, poetry, funeral transcripts and programs, teaching and membership certificates, contracts and certificates of appointment, genealogy, missionary papers, minutes, lists of officers, handbooks, blessings, testimonials, bound editions of addresses and sermonettes given by Brimhall, an engraving, exams, copies of articles contributed to the Improvement Era and the Relief Society magazine, bound diaries, etc.

  • Extent: 2 oversize boxes (3 linear ft.). -- 42 boxes (21 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Brimhall, George H. (George Henry), 1853-1932
  • Call Number: UA 1092
  • 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: Open 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
Arrangement
Arranged roughly in chronological order (continuous, usually multiple years per series, some years repeated).
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 Presidential correspondence must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the Special Collections Board of Curators.
Note
Part of the Brigham Young University President's Records Collection.
Preferred Citation
Initial Citation: UA 1092; George H. Brimhall Presidential correspondence; University Archives; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following Citations: UA 1092, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Transferred to the University Archives by the President's Office.
Acquisition Information
Transferred; President's Office.
Other Finding Aids
Item-level inventory available online. http://files.lib.byu.edu/ead/XML/UA1092.xml
Subject Terms
Brimhall, George H. (George Henry), 1853-1932; Colleges and Universities; Education; Education, Higher--Utah--Provo
Genre / Form
Letters
Processing Information
Processed; J. Gordon Daines III; 1980s.
Appraisal Information
University history (University Archives collecting policy, February 2010).
Finding Aid ID Number
UPB_UA1092
Finding Aid Title
Brimhall (George H.) presidential papers
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by J. Gordon Daines III
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013-09-10T14:18-0600
Finding Aid Language
English
Sponsor
Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008
Biographical Info:

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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