Wayne B. Hales papers

Wayne B. Hales papers

Dates: 1852-1980

Collection contains personal journals, notes, scrapbooks, and photos of Wayne B. Hales. Collection also contains genealogical records like pedigree charts and journals for Wayne B. Hales's ancestors. Dates range from 1852 to 1980.

  • Extent: 3 boxes (2.5 linear ft.). -- 11 cartons (11 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Hales, Wayne B.
  • Call Number: UA 5672
  • 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: Open for public research.
Languages and Scripts
Collection arranged into five series: 1. Wayne B. Hales personal papers, 1916-1980. 2. Wayne B. Hales papers on college and Brigham Young University, 1925-1975. 3. Wayne B. Hales papers on Church callings, religion, and Boy Scouts, 1931-1976. 4. Belle W. Hales papers, 1916-1963. 5. Wayne B. Hales genealogical and family papers, 1852-1973.
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Wayne B. Hales papers 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 5672; Wayne B. Hales papers; University Archives; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: UA 5672, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated by Tom Hales, a grandson of Wayne B. Hales, in March 2014.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Tom Hales; March 2014.
Subject Terms
Hales, Wayne B.; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Religion; Colleges and Universities; Diaries; Education; Family histories; Genealogy; Photographs; Scrapbooks
Processing Information
Processed; Sarah Markle; April 2014.
Appraisal Information
University records (University Archives Collecting Policy February 2010).
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Finding Aid Title
Hales (Wayne B.) papers
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Sarah Markle
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This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2014-05-25T04:34-0600
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Biographical History

Wayne Brockbank Hales (1893 – May 3, 1980) was an American Educator and president of Snow College from 1921–1924.

Hales was born in Spanish Fork, Utah. Hales was the son of Jonathan Hyrum Hales and Martha Ann Brockbank. As a youth Hales worked with his father in the Tintic Mines. He earned a bachelors degree from Brigham Young University (BYU) in 1916. He had lettered in both track and basketball while at BYU. Hales was the scoutmaster of the first troop in Provo and was given the Silver Beaver in 1942 for his commitment to scouting. After graduating from BYU, Hales taught at Ricks College (now BYU-Idaho) from 1916–1921. He served as president of Snow College from 1921–1924. When Hales went to Snow its name was Snow Academy, and its name was changed to Snow Junior College in 1922. He was also the first leader of the institution to hold the title of president. Over the years he pursued advanced degrees at the University of Chicago and the University of Utah. He focused full-time on studies from 1924–1926 at the California Institute of Technology culminating in a Ph.D. Among those who Hales studied under were Albert A. Michelson and Robert A. Millikan.

From 1926–1930 Hales taught at Weber College (now Weber State University) he then joined BYU at the physics department. During World War II, Hales was the coordinator for the BYU affiliated civilian pilot training corps' ground school. He was the only faculty member in the department and taught all of the classes. In 1950, Hales served as the chair of BYU's Diamond Jubilee Committee. He was the dean of the General College of BYU from 1958–1964. Later in the 1960s he was chairman of BYU's athletic committee. Besides physics, Hales also taught courses at BYU in astronomy, meteorology, mechanics, math and photography. Hales taught the first classes in photography at BYU and was involved in forming the BYU Photo Studio. Hales also served as chairman of BYU's athletics council from 1952-1967.

He became an emeritus professor in 1972 but continued to show up at BYU every day. Among other projects he wrote some of the typescripts used as sources for the four volume centennial history of BYU. He also taught in BYU's continuing education department until his death.

Hales for a time was editor of the BYU Physics and Astronomy Newsletter. He was one of the bishops called to preside over one of the first wards in the first BYU stake. He was also the first president of the BYU 5th Stake. Hales later served as a stake patriarch in the LDS Church.

In 1916, Hales was married to Isabel Ethel Wilson. They had six children. Isabel died in 1963. Hales later married Vivian Parkinson.

After his death, a Wayne B. Hales memorial scholarship was established in Hales' honor.

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