BYU Studies records

BYU Studies records

Dates: 1958-2006

The collection contains correspondence concerning BYU Studies, manuscripts considered for publication in BYU Studies, book reviews of literature of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, design and layout plans for BYU Studies manuscripts, research materials, slides of artifacts, budgets, manuscripts, and other materials relating to the BYU Studies department. The collection also includes edits, correspondence, proofs of articles, and records on David Paulsen's book on Mormonism and Theology.

  • Extent: 7 oversize boxes (10.5 linear ft.). -- 46 boxes (23 linear ft.). -- 6 cartons (6 linear ft.)
  • Call Number: UA 1211
  • 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.
Languages and Scripts
The collection is arranged in two series: Series I: BYU Studies correspondence, 1958-1994; and Series II: BYU Studies manuscripts and publication records, 1967-2006.
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the BYU Studies 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 1211; BYU Studies records; University Archives; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University.
Custodial History
Transferred from Records Management in September 2005. Addendum transferred from Records Management in February 2007. Addendum transferred from Recrods Management in November 2010.
Acquisition Information
Transferred; Records Management; September 2005. Addendum transferred; Records Management; February 2007. Addendum transferred; Records Management; November 2010.
Other Finding Aids
File-level inventory available online.
Subject Terms
Colleges and Universities; Correspondence; Education
Genre / Form
Manuscripts; Photographs
Processing Information
Processed; Amanda Jo Lindell; October 2005. Addendum processed; Matthew Bowers Leavitt; March 2007. Addendum processed; Elizabeth West; December 2010.
Appraisal Information
Departmental records (University Archives collecting policy, July 2003).
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
BYU Studies records
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Amanda Jo Lindell and Matthew Bowers Leavitt
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013-11-21T13:26-0700
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Biographical Info:

Administrative history

The Brigham Young University Studies organization was created in 1959 by a group of scholars whose mission was to produce scholarly religious literature. This organization was placed under the direction of the College of Humanities from 1982 to 1993. While in the College of Humanities, the BYU Studies journal was directed by the journal editor, who was under the direction of the college dean. The administrative structure of the organization consisted of an editorial board composed of from various disciplines review submissions, assign peer reviewers, and plan upcoming events. An advisory board provides long-term vision and planning through its quarterly meetings. The organization is also influenced by the Academy, composed of one-hundred scholars from BYU and the larger LDS community who voluntarily work to promote LDS scholarship at BYU Studies. In 1993, BYU Studies left the College of Humanities and became part of the Associate Academic Vice President’s office, first under the direction of Gary Hooper, then Brent Webb.

In 2006, BYU Studies became part of the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship with M. Gerald Bradford functioning as Executive Director. Once the journal became associated with the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship, the Executive Director acted in the same capacity as a Dean of an academic department and the Director of BYU Studies and Editor-in-Chief functioned in the same capacity as a Department Chair. From its inception in 1959 the chief editors included Clinton F. Larson (1959 to 1967), Charles D. Tate, Jr., (1968 to 1983), Edward A. Geary, Jr. (1984-1991), and John W. Welch (1992- ).

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