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Brigham Young Academy

 Organization

Dates

  • Existence: 1875-1903

Administrative History

Brigham Young Academy (1875-1903) was established by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints under the direction of Brigham Young for the instruction of church members in the area of Provo, Utah.

Brigham Young Academy was the predecessor to Brigham Young University and Brigham Young High School. Brigham Young saw the school as a place where all secular learning should be fused with teachings from the scriptures. Despite steady growth during its early years, the Academy was threatened by a series of financial and physical setbacks. With the help and sacrifice of Abraham O. Smoot, the campus moved in 1891 to new facilities on University Avenue in Provo Utah. The Academy's curriculum strengthened and enrollment grew. In 1903, the name was officially changed to Brigham Young University.

Brigham Young Academy principals included Warren N. Dusenberry (1876), Karl G. Maeser (1876-1892), and Benjamin Cluff (1892-1903).

Citation

The Journal of pedagogy, Feb. 1895: t.p. (Brigham Young Academy)

BYU--national champions, 1985: intro. (Brigham Young University)

History of BYU (within Brigham Young University website), via WWW, 4 November 2010 (Brigham Young Academy established October 16, 1875 in Provo, Utah. Name changed to Brigham Young University in 1903. Sponsored by Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)

Provo City Library website, via WWW, Oct. 2, 2012 (Brigham Young Academy; founded in 1876; essentially a high school until 1896, with the founding of the College Dept.)

YFacts History of BYU, via WWW, viewed May 31, 2013 (Brigham Young Academy (1875-1903), Brigham Young saw the school as a place where all secular learning should be fused with teachings from the scriptures, despite steady growth during its early years, the Academy was threatened by a series of financial and physical setbacks, with the help and sacrifice of Abraham O. Smoot, the campus moved in 1891 to new facilities on University Avenue in Provo Utah, the Academy's curriculum strengthened and enrollment grew, 1903 the name was officially changed to Brigham Young University)

Yfacts BYU Presidents, via WWW, viewed Mar. 19, 2013 (Brigham Young Academy principals included Warren N. Dusenberry (1876), Karl G. Maeser (1876-1892), and Benjamin Cluff (1892-1903))

Brigham Young High School History, via WWW, viewed May 31, 2013 (Brigham Young Academy was the predecessor to Brigham Young University and Brigham Young High School)

Found in 374 Collections and/or Records:

Academic Council records

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: UA 227
Scope and Contents Contains minutes of meetings and proceedings concerning Academy problems in purchasing, hiring, and student discipline.

Academy Fund Day letter

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: UA 598
Scope and Contents Form letter created by George Q. Cannon and Benjamin Cluff announcing "Academy Fund Day," in order to solicit contributions for the Brigham Young Academy.

Administrative history of the Church Educational System (CES), 1888-1994

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 2373
Scope and Contents Describes the origins, organization, and history of both religious and secular education within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The purpose of the work was to help archivists place in historical context, corporate papers entering the Church Historical Department (Salt Lake City, Utah). The paper discusses administrative changes and developments in centralized education including: a board of education, a board of examiners, the office of superintendent and later commissioner of...

Inez Knight Allen practice lesson outlines

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS SC 2946
Scope and Contents Information written in a notebook by Inez Knight as a student at Brigham Young Academy. Each outline identifies for a lesson: topic, school-grade level for which it was suitable, aims, materials needed, and method.

J. Urban Allred diaries

 Item — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS SC 2909
Scope and Contents Volume begins with autobiographical sketch concerning Allred's early life in Lehi, Utah. Diaries document his attendance at Brigham Young Academy, September 1892-May 1898; service as a Mormon missionary in Tennessee in the Southern States Mission, June 1898-July 1900; activities as a school teacher in Vernal, Utah, August 1900-May 1901; family life with Amelia May Hammond in Lehi, 1901-1910; and family life with Edna Bingham in Raymond, Alberta, and elsewhere, beginning in 1912. Diaries also...

Alumni Association achievement award records, 1953-1956

 Series — Box: 7
Identifier: UA 541 Series 7
Scope and Contents General awards files, Southern California recipients, and alphabetized recipients.

Alumni Association administrative correspondence, 1961-1962

 Sub-Series — Box: 17
Identifier: UA 541 Series 12 Sub-Series 1
Scope and Contents Contains correspondence by Raymond E. Beckham, Ronald G. Hyde, Bruce Gibb, Emily G. Weeks, T. Earl Padoe, DaCosta Clark, and George H. Higgs related to the operations of the Alumni Association. Materials date from between December 1961 and May 1962.

Alumni Association administrative correspondence, 1962 June-December

 Sub-Series — Box: 18
Identifier: UA 541 Series 12 Sub-Series 2
Scope and Contents Contains correspondence related to the administration of the Alumni Association, prepared by Raymond E. Beckham, Ronald G. Hyde, Bruce Gibb, Emily G. Weeks, T. Earl Padoe, DaCosta Clark, George H. Higgs, Carolann Lambert, Scott Bergeson, Ernest L. Wilkinson, and Karlene McBride. Materials date from between June 1962 and December 1962.

Alumni Association administrative correspondence, 1951-1975

 Series — Box: 19, Folder: 13-15
Identifier: UA 541 Series 14
Scope and Contents Contains correspondence produced by Raymond E. Beckham, with letters to and from Ernest Wilkinson, William L. Knecht, and others.

Alumni Association administrative records, 1960-1964

 Series
Identifier: UA 541 Series 12
Scope and Contents Contains correspondence, clippings, minutes, and other materials related to the administration of the Alumni Association. Includes significant materials on the university's Homecoming celebrations. Materials date from between 1960 and 1964.