Collection of chalkboards

Collection of chalkboards

Dates: 1900 November 9

Contains three chalkboards with inscriptions by Karl G. Maeser from 1900. Text dates from November 9, 1900.

  • Extent: 3 oversize boxes (11.17 linear ft.) ;
  • Creator: Maeser, Karl G.
  • Call Number: UA 5666
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; University Archives; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602;
  • Access Restrictions: Condition restricted; permission to use materials must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services.
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Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Collection of chalkboards 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 5666; Collection of chalkboards; University Archives; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citation: UA 5666, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Chalkboards originally hung in the Maeser Elementary School. They were removed from the school by LeGrand Richards and eventually made their way to the library. They were found in the University Archives stacks and processed in March 2014.
Acquisition Information
Found; University Archives stacks; March 2014.
Subject Terms
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Religion; God--Worship and love
Genre / Form
Processing Information
Processed; Sarah Markle; March 2014.
Appraisal Information
University history (University Archives Collecting Policy, February 2010).
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Finding Aid Title
Collection of chalkboards
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Sarah Markle
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2014-03-30T04:20-0600
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Biographical Info:

Biographical History

Karl G. Maeser (1828-1901) was a well-renowned educator and principal in Utah, particularly respected for his integral role in establishing the theme and focus of Brigham Young Academy.

Maeser was born in Saxony, Germany in January 1928. Maeser went to school in Germany and gained training in teaching. He worked as a teacher and private tutor in and around Germany. Karl G. Maeser married Anna Mieth in 1854. Maeser was baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1855. He left Germany in 1856 for the United States and arrived in Utah in 1860.

Karl G. Maeser was the second principal of Brigham Young Academy and served from 1876 until 1892. Under Maeser Brigham Young Academy established itself as one of the leading schools in Utah territory. Maeser placed the development of character above the development of intellect. In matters of morals and religious conduct, he saw things as black and white. He devised for Brigham Young Academy an intricate system of rules, regulations, and academic routine all designed to form habits of proper conduct.

In 1888 Maeser was made the first General Superintendent of Church Schools as part of the General Board of Education of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Maeser Published a book entitled School and Fireside in 1898 which reflected his views on education. He died in February 1901.

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