Asian Studies Department records

Asian Studies Department records

Dates: 1961-1975

Most of the collection covers the period when Spencer Palmer was head of Asian Studies, 1968 through 1975. It does however include budget records from 1961-1975.

  • Extent: 6 boxes (3 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Brigham Young University. Department of Asian Studies. -- Palmer, Spencer J.
  • Call Number: UA 551
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; University Archives; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602;
  • Access Restrictions: The collection is part of the University Archives of BYU and consultation with the University Archivist is required before publishing documents in their entirety.
Languages and Scripts
The collection is divided into sixteen series: 1. Asian Studies Department policy statements, 1961-1976; 2. Asian Studies Department correspondence, 1971-1976; 3. Asian Studies Department housekeeping records, 1970-1977; 4. Asian Studies Department World Conference on Records, 1968-1972; 5. Asian Studies Department LDS Asian Scholars directory, 1968-1972; 6. Asian Studies Department lecture series files, 1973-1974; 7. Asian Studies Department conference files, 1971-1974; 8. Asian Studies Department faculty records, 1968-1975; 9. Asian Studies Department official organizations files, 1968-1974; 10. Asian Studies Department miscellany, 1969-1976; 11. Asian Studies Department job opportunity files, 1972-1975; 12. Asian Studies Department campus clubs files, 1968-1976; 13. Asian Studies Department publications, 1970-1975; 14. Asian Studies Department photographs, undated; 15. Asian Studies Department miscellaneous, circa 1975-1976; and 16. Asian Studies Department International Relations Program files, 1967-1975.
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Asian Studies Department records must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the Special Collections Board of Curators.
Preferred Citation
Initial Citation: UA 551; Asian Studies Department records; University Archives; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following Citations: UA 551, LTPSC.
Custodial History
These papers are the records of the Asian Studies and the International Relations department which both were a part of the World Affairs Center at BYU. The papers were received by the University Archives May 4, 1977.
Acquisition Information
Donated; World Affairs Center; May 1977.
Other Finding Aids
File-level inventory available online.
Subject Terms
Brigham Young University. Department of Asian Studies; Palmer, Spencer J.; World Conference on Records and Genealogical Seminar (1969: Salt Lake City, Utah); Colleges and Universities; Education
Genre / Form
Processing Information
Processed; University Archives; 1978.
Appraisal Information
Departmental records (University Archives collecting policy, July 2003).
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Finding Aid Title
Asian Studies Department records
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Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013-09-09T17:57-0600
Finding Aid Language
Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008
Biographical Info:

Administrative History

The bulk of material was created under the leadership of Spencer Palmer.

The department of Asian Studies in the College of Social Sciences was organized in the fall of 1962 under Paul Hyer. Its purpose was to give students a foundation for careers and advanced work in the Far East. In 1968 Spencer Palmer became department head; he was a Professor of Religion and History specializing in Korean Studies and Christianity in Asia. For the next seven years Palmer served as head until being replaced in 1975 by Russell Horiuchi, professor of Geography at BYU.

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