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Brigham Young Academy. South American Expedition (1900-1901)



  • Existence: 1900-1901

Administrative History

The South American Expedition was a scientific research expedition undertaken by faculty members of Brigham Young Academy from 1900 to 1901. The group explored areas in central and southern Mexico and Central America.


Benjamin Cluff, Jr., 1947: p. x (Brigham Young Academy Scientific Expedition; organized by Benjamin Cluff and conducted between 1900-1901) p. 101 (Brigham Young Academy South American Exploring Expedition)

Diary of Christian Olsen, 1957: t.p. (Brigham Young Academy South American Expedition)

UPB files, May 29, 2010 (Cluff Expedition; Zarahemla Project)

Found in 28 Collections and/or Records:

Benjamin Cluff diary

 Digital Record
Identifier: MSS3076_F2

Brigham Young University cash ledgers, 1921-1928

 Sub-Series — Box: 8
Identifier: UA 355 Series 3 Sub-Series 4
Scope and Contents Contains cash account ledgers managed by the university secretary-treasurer between 1921 and 1928.

Brigham Young University financial records, 1880-1953

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 355 Series 2
Scope and Contents Contains financial records for the early Brigham Young Academy and Brigham Young University years.

Benjamin Cluff diary

 Item — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 3076
Abstract Contains the original 1901 diary of Benjamin Cluff kept during the Brigham Young Academy expedition to South America.

Benjamin Cluff papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 135
Scope and Contents Contains a scrapbook containing newspaper articles (photocopy) concerning the Brigham Young Academy South American Expedition, and The Brigham Young Alumnus.

Diary excerpt of the South American scientific expedition of the Brigham Young Academy

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: UA 368
Scope and Contents Contains a typescript of journal (86 pages) of the Brigham Young Academy South American Expedition and correspondence concerning the Tolton family genealogy.

John B. Fairbanks diaries

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSS 140
Scope and Contents Handwritten diaries with typescripts of several items. The diaries have many gaps. They principally cover the time Fairbanks served as a missionary for the Mormon Church in the Southern States Mission from 1881 to 1883 and when he served as a missionary for the same faith in South and Central America from 1900 to 1902. On the second mission, Fairbanks accompanied the "Cluff" expedition; led by Benjamin Cluff, president of the Brigham Young Academy in Provo, Utah; to find evidence supporting the...

John B. Fairbanks photographs

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS P 9
Overview Collection includes black and white photographs of Provo, Utah, and some photographs of the Cluff Expedition to Mexico.

Mildred Cluff Harvey papers

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 3951
Scope and Contents note Contains papers on Mildred Cluff Harvey and her family. Materials date from between 1866 and 1947. Includes the following: 1. The Biography of Mildred Cluff Harvey by her daughter, Lucile H. Ursenbach, 1900-1947. Typed, 17 pages. 2. Newspaper pages about Benjamin Cluff Jr., Mildred's brother, August 1970. 2 leaves. 3. Mildred Cluff autobiography. 1862-1898. Typed, 9 pages. 4. Mildred Cluff autobiography. 1862-1898. Original pencil handwriting, 19 pages. 5. Photocopied articles about the Brigham...

Indian blanket

 Item — oversize: 1
Identifier: MSS 2188
Scope and Contents One wool blanket, measuring 50 in. by 80 in. Dark brown with pattern of tan stripes, and a single strand dark brown yarn around edge. Large holes in some places, with one side somewhat faded.