Collection of centennial histories

Collection of centennial histories

Dates: bulk 1947-1987, circa 1908-2002

Contains histories compiled by various colleges and departments at Brigham Young University, largely between 1974 and 1975 in conjunction with the centennial of the university. Includes several other histories related to the university, dating as early as 1942 and as late as 1985. Also contains correspondence and records relating to the histories, 1942-1985.

  • Extent: 11 boxes (5.5 linear ft.)
  • Call Number: UA 930
  • 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
Original order has been maintained.
Alternative Format
Materials also available on microfilm in repository.
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Collection of centennial histories 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 930; Collection of centennial histories; Brigham Young University Archives; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following Citations: UA 930, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Ernest L. Wilkinson, retired president of BYU, who was the primary author of a four volume history of BYU, published in 1975-1976, requested that campus agencies compile histories as a resource for his larger history. Most of the histories in this collection appear to have been written in response to Wilkinson's request.
Acquisition Information
Compiled by request; circa 1975-1976.
Subject Terms
Colleges and Universities; Education
Genre / Form
Processing Information
Processed; LeGrand L. Baker; July 2000. Processed; Dani Peterson; December 2011.
Appraisal Information
Part of University Archives; college records (University Archives collecting policy February 2010).
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
Collection of centennial histories
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by LeGrand L. Baker
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2012-05-04T17:47-0600
Finding Aid Language
Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008
Biographical Info:

Administrative History

Brigham Young University (BYU) (1875-) is operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) as part of the Church Educational System.

The university is governed by a Board of Trustees, which, since 1939, has consisted of the First Presidency of the LDS Church as well as other General Authorities or general officers of the LDS Church appointed by the First Presidency. The Board of Trustees provides general direction and oversees the formulation of broad policies as well as the approval of all executive leadership and faculty appointments at the university. The Board of Trustees delegates to the University President the responsibility to conduct the operations of the institution and administer the policies enacted by the board. The President serves as the chief executive officer and general manager of the University. Since 1996, the President of the university has also been a General Authority of the Church. Past and present Brigham Young University presidents include George H. Brimhall (1903-1921), Franklin S. Harris (1921-1945), Howard S. McDonald (1945-1949), (acting president) Christian Jensen (1949-1951), Ernest L. Wilkinson (1951-1971), Dallin H. Oaks (1971-1980), Jeffrey R. Holland (1980-1989), Rex E. Lee (1989-1995), Merrill J. Bateman (1996-2003), and Cecil O. Samuelson (2003- ).

Brigham Young University has grown from a small academy to one of the world's largest private universities. 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.

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