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L. Lee Bartlett collection of Office of the President correspondence

L. Lee Bartlett collection of Office of the President correspondence

Dates: 2000-2006

Materials included are the e-mail's written to and the responses from the Brigham Young University President's Page, which were prepared by Bartlett. Started in 2000, the President's Page was an opportunity for students, community members, and alumni to have more direct contact with the President of Brigham Young University. The materials include e-mails from Presidents Merrill J. Bateman (president from 1996-2003) and Cecil O. Samuelson (president from 2003- ). The e-mails include a wide range of subjects including thank you notes, complaints or compliments of Brigham Young University sports teams, particularly football, professors, campus policies and soliciting information about the University. Of notable interest are e-mails concerning public commentary about : discontinuing of wrestling and men's gymanstics programs in 2000, Salt Lake City 2002 Olympic games preparation 2001-2002, football program Honor Code violations 2004, professor Steven E. Jones 9/11 conspiracy theory and reaction 2005-2006, and professor Jeffery Nielsen's comments about gay marriage by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints First Presidency and subsequent dismissal in 2006.

  • Extent: 4 cartons (4 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Bartlett, L. Lee. -- Bateman, Merrill J.. -- Samuelson, Cecil O. (Cecil Osborn), 1941
  • Call Number: UA 5601
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; University Archives; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84606; http://sc.lib.byu.edu/
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
Languages and Scripts
The majority of the materials are in English. Select pieces of correspondence are in Spanish; Castilian or Portuguese and the majority of these have a translation available.
Materials have been arranged chronologically according to month.
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the L. Lee Bartlett collection of Office of the President correspondence 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 5601; L. Lee Bartlett collection of Office of the President correspondence; University Archives; L. Tom Perry Special Collection, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following Citations: UA 5601, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Collected by Leonard Lee Bartlett while serving as Assistant to the President to both President Merrill J. Bateman and President Cecil O. Samuelson. He donated the materials on March 20, 2012 to the University Archives of the L. Tom Perry Special Collection, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University, Provo Utah.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Leonard Lee Bartlett; March 2012.
Subject Terms
Administration; Colleges and Universities; Education; Education, Higher--Utah--Provo
Genre / Form
Electronic mail messages; Electronic records; Letters
College presidents
Processing Information
Processed; Joshua Barton; April 2012.
Appraisal Information
University records (University Archves Collecting Policy February 2010).
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Finding Aid Title
Bartlett (L. Lee) collection of Office of the President correspondence
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Joshua Barton
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2012-06-06T14:44-0600
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Biographical Info:

Biographical History

L. Lee Bartlett (born 1930) is an advertising executive, professor of communications, and academic administrator in Utah.

Leonard Lee Bartlett is from Mountain Home, Idaho. In 1948-1951 he enrolled at Brigham Young University (BYU) as an art major. He was involved in many campus activities such as playing saxophone for the campus big band, running on the BYU track team and serving as an art editor of the Banyan yearbook from 1950-1951. From 1951-1956 he served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean war. He graduated from Officer Candidate School in 1953. He was assigned to Headquarters USAF Europe and was involved in Eastern Europe target area analysis where he received a Commendation Medal for work on a classified intelligence publication. After release from active duty, Bartlett returned to Provo; completed his senior year at BYU and graduated in May 1957 with a B.A. Degree in Art. From 1957-1987, he worked in advertising: ten years in Chicago, seventeen years with Cole & Weber in Seattle, and three years in Cole & Weber California offices. He retired from Cole & Weber advertising agency when offered a faculty position in the BYU Department of Communications. From 1987-2002 Bartlett taught advertising, mass media ethics, and, after completing a master's degree in art history in 1989, an introductory art history course. He was named Communications Department chair in 1995 and in 1996 was named Assistant to the President, University Communications, and served on the President's Council during the Merrill J. Bateman administration. Retired in May 2000 and was called back later in the year to serve as BYU Olympic Coordinator up to and through the Salt Lake 2002 Winter Olympics and retired again at the conclusion of the Winter Games. He has been an Assistant to the President since 2003, reviewing and preparing replies for the President's Page e-mail address.

Bartlett was invoved in community service such as serving as President of the Brigham Young Academy Foundation during the campaign to renovate the Academy Building and create the new Provo City Library at Academy Square. He presently serves on the Provo Arts Council and as member of the Provo Center Focus program. He also served on a Provo Foster Care Review Board and as a tutor for the Project Read Adult Literacy Program. He served for a time as chair of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' Utah South Public Affairs Council.

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