Genealogy Department records

Genealogy Department records

Dates: 1964-1976

Collection includes correspondence and memoranda to and from Norman E. Wright, coordinator of genealogical instruction, and other departmental personnel concerning genealogical research, curriculum, continuing education and career possibilities.

  • Extent: 2 boxes (1 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Brigham Young University. Genealogy Department. -- Wright, Norman Edgar
  • Call Number: UA 15
  • 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: Open for public research.
Languages and Scripts
English
Arrangement
This collection is arranged alphabetically.
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Genealogy Department 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 15; Genealogy Department records; University Archives; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: UA 15, LTPSC.
Other Finding Aids
File-level inventory available online. http://files.lib.byu.edu/ead//XML/UA15.xml
Subject Terms
Brigham Young University. Genealogy Department; Wright, Norman Edgar; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Religion; Genealogists; Genealogy--Religious aspects--Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Genre / Form
Letters; Memorandums
Appraisal Information
Departmental records (University Archives collecting policy, July 2003).
Finding Aid ID Number
UPB_UA15
Finding Aid Title
Genealogy Department records
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Rose Frank
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013-09-09T17:58-0600
Finding Aid Language
English
Biographical Info:

Administrative History

Brigham Young University was established in 1875 as Brigham Young Academy. It has since grown into one of the largest private institutions of higher education in the United States. The Board of Trustees for Brigham Young University is the governing body for that institution. The university president reports directly to it, and it decides many matters regarding university policy. The board started operation with the founding of the university in 1875. Brigham Young University traces its roots to Utah's rich pioneer heritage. The original school, Brigham Young Academy, was established Oct. 16, 1875, on a little over one acre of land in what is now downtown Provo. At that time, Brigham Young, President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, charged that all secular learning at the institution should be fused with teachings from the scriptures. Speaking to Academy Principal Karl G. Maeser, President Young said, "Brother Maeser, I want you to remember that you ought not to teach even the alphabet or the multiplication tables without the Spirit of God." BYU has remained true to that original charge. Despite steady growth during its early years, the academy was threatened by a series of financial and physical setbacks. With the help and sacrifice of Abraham O. Smoot and other area business leaders, the campus moved in 1891 to new facilities located on University Avenue. The academy's curriculum strengthened and enrollment grew. In 1903, the name was officially changed to Brigham Young University. Work began in 1909 on the Maeser Memorial Building, the first of many structures on the university's present site. Successive university administrations oversaw the university's progressive growth, increasing both the number of buildings and the size of the student body. The university's academic development was signified by the inauguration of the school's first doctoral program in 1957. With the help of committed presidents, the university continued to grow, refine its mission and pursue excellence in academics and faith. The uuniversity remains dedicated to the integration of academic excellence with faith in Jesus Christ and His restored gospel. The Board of Trustees for Brigham Young University is the governing body for that institution. The university president reports directly to it, and it decides many matters regarding university policy. The board started operation with the founding of the university in 1875.



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