Brigham Young University evolution packet

Brigham Young University evolution packet

Dates: 1992

The collection contains a packet of articles pertaining to the official position of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on evolution.

  • Extent: 1 folder (0.1 linear ft.)
  • Call Number: UA 5526
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; University Archives; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84606;
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
Languages and Scripts
Materials in English.
The were left in the original order in which they were found which is chronological.
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Brigham Young University evolution packet 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 5526; Brigham Young University evolution packet; University Archives; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: UA 1330, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Found in the University Archives, March 2010.
Acquisition Information
Donated by the University Archivist in March 2010.
Subject Terms
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Church Government; Mormonism (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints); Religion; Evolution
Genre / Form
Processing Information
Processed; Matthew Leavitt; March 2010.
Appraisal Information
University records (University Archives Collecting Policy July 2003).
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Finding Aid Title
Brigham Young University evolution packet
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Matthew Leavitt
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2010-11-03T13:36-0600
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Administrative History

Brigham Young University is sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The university was founded in 1875 and is located in Provo Utah.

Founded in 1875, Brigham Young University has grown from a small academy to one of the world's largest private universities, where more than 29,000 students gather from 100 countries. Sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, BYU offers a unique educational environment that promotes learning by study and also by faith.

The university traces its roots to Utah's rich pioneer heritage. The original school, Brigham Young Academy, was established on 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, 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 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, BYU continued to grow, refine its mission and pursue excellence in academics and faith.

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