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Institute for the Study and Preservation of Ancient Religious Texts records

Institute for the Study and Preservation of Ancient Religious Texts records

Dates: 1995-2002

This collection consists of materials prepared by the Institute for the Study and Preservation of Ancient Religious Texts and its subsidiary, the Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies. The material is a mixture of reports, minutes, contracts and legal paperwork, and some audiovisual material from exhibits in the Brigham Young University Museum of Art in Provo and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Church History Museum in Salt Lake City. Of substantial note is the correspondence and minutes related to the merger of the Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies from 1999-2001.

  • Extent: 3 cartons (3 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies. -- Institute for the Study and Preservation of Ancient Religious Texts
  • Call Number: UA 5618
  • 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: Restricted. Closed for 25 years (until 2027) after the creation of the records and thereafter open to the public after consultation with the University Archivist and in accordance with the General Restriction Statement of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections.
Languages and Scripts
English
Arrangement
Materials have rearranged in order to have materials grouped by series.
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any neccessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Institute for the Study and Preservation of Ancient Religious Texts 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 5618; Institute for the Study and Preservation of Ancient Religious Texts records; University Archvies; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: UA 5618, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Transferred from Records Management in August 2012.
Acquisition Information
Transferred; Records Management; August 2012.
Subject Terms
Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies; Institute for the Study and Preservation of Ancient Religious Texts; Colleges and Universities; Education; Exhibitions
Genre / Form
Corporate minutes; Corporation reports; Letters
Processing Information
Processed; Joshua Barton; September 2012.
Appraisal Information
University records (University Archives Collecting Policy February 2010).
Finding Aid ID Number
UPB_UA5618
Finding Aid Title
Institute for the Study and Preservation of Ancient Religious Texts records
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Joshua Barton
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2012-11-02T08:37-0600
Finding Aid Language
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.
Biographical Info:

Administrative

The Institute for the Study and Preservation of Ancient Religious Texts (ISPART) was established in 2001. Daniel Oswald served as the executive director from 2001-2003 and Noel B. Reynolds served from 2003 to 2006. In 2006, the BYU Board of Trustees renamed ISPART the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship.

The Institute for the Study and Preservation of Ancient Religious Texts helped recover, preserve, study, and publish ancient documents. The institute was specifically interested in the Bible and its historical context, the manuscript sources of Eastern Christianity, and Book of Mormon scholarship. The Institute for the Study and Preservation of Ancient Religious Texts (ISPART) was the administering body for the Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies (FARMS), Center for the Preservation of Ancient Religious Texts (CPART), Middle Eastern Texts Initiative (METI), and Research Technology Group. All divisions functioned under the direction of an executive director who acted in the same capacity as a Dean of an academic department.

Administrative

The Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies (FARMS) was established in 1979 as a non-profit organization by John. W. Welch. In 1997 FARMS was formally invited into Brigham Young University by President Gordon B. Hinckley. FARMS functioned as its own research foundation until 2001 when it became a part of the Institute for the Study and Preservation of Ancient Religious Texts (ISPART). In 2006 it became a part of the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship when ISPART changed names. Paul Y. Hoskisson has served as the foundation director since 2008. In 2010, the Foundation for Ancient Research was dissolved. The publication continued under the name of Mormon Studies Review.

The Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies functions as a research and publication center that focuses on scholarly analysis of the Book of Mormon, the Book of Abraham, the Old Testament, the New Testament, early Christian history, and ancient temples.



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