Department of Statistics records

Department of Statistics records

Dates: 1966-2011

This collection contains correspondence, meeting minutes, faculty notes, news articles, department history files, and statistics summer institute binders.

  • Extent: 7 boxes (3.5 linear ft.). -- 3 cartons (3 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Brigham Young University. Department of Statistics
  • Call Number: UA 1188
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; University Archives; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602;
  • Access Restrictions: Restricted. Closed for 25 years after the creation of the records and thereafter 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
Arranged in six series: 1. Department of Statistics notes and meeting minutes, 1973-1993. 2. Department of Statistics newspapers, 1974-1990. 3. Department of Statistics studies and research, 1968-1976. 4. Department of Statistics department history, 1966-1989. 5. Department of Statistics information on the major, 1981-1982. 6. Department of Statistics summer institute applied statistics participant binders, 1976-2011.
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Department of Statistics records must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: UA 1188; Department of Statistics records; University Archives; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: UA 1188, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Transferred from records management in May 2005.
Acquisition Information
Transferred; Records Management; May 2005.
Other Finding Aids
File-level inventory available online.
Subject Terms
Colleges and Universities; Education; Statistics; Brigham Young University. Department of Statistics
Genre / Form
Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.); Letters; Corporate minutes
Processing Information
Addendum processed; Erin Owens; September 2014.
Appraisal Information
Departmental records (University Archives collecting policy, July 2003).
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Finding Aid Title
Department of Statistics records
Finding Aid Author
Jennifer Kim
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2015-04-13 13:25:15 -0600.
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Biographical Info:

Administrative History

The Department of Statistics (1960-) is responsible for teaching courses related to statistics at Brigham Young University.

In the mid 1950s Brigham Young University's President Ernest L. Wilkinson created the Bureau of Church Studies. In order to predict for facilitating in church education Wilkinson hired Howard Nielson to start a study that would predict church membership and university age membership up until the year 2000. This study was finishied in 1957, and Nielson was given a job as a teacher in the economics department. A year later Nielson was given a job offer at IBM for 3 times the Brigham Young University salary. He discussed this with Dean Weldon Taylor. Dean Taylor did not want to lose Nielson. Therefore, in 1960, Taylor created a statistics department, and Nielson stayed on.

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