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McDonald, Howard S. (Howard Stevenson), 1894-1986

 Person

Dates

  • Existence: 1894-1986

Biographical History

Howard S. McDonald (1894-1986) served as the sixth president of Brigham Young University from 1945-1949.

Howard Stevenson McDonald was born July 18, 1894. On November 14, 1945 Howard S. McDonald was inaugurated as the sixth president of Brigham Young University. A time of great growth for the university, enrollment doubled from 2,700 students in the fall of 1945 to 5,400 students in the 1947-1948 school year. McDonald spent most of his tenure working tirelessly to increase the number of buildings on campus, to solidify the organizational structure of the university and to recruit additional faculty members. He created the Dean of Students Office to oversee non-academic programs on campus and welcomed over eighty new faculty to the campus.

Beginning in 1946 McDonald began lobbying the Board of Trustees for funds to build a science building, a library addition, a student union building, additional dormitories, and a fine arts building. Funds for the science building were appropriated in 1946, but construction did not begin until 1948 and the building was not completed until after the end of McDonald's administration. McDonald also worked diligently to obtain surplus military housing from the Ogden arsenal. Using funds from the Federal Works Program, he oversaw the conversion of forty-five temporary buildings into a student housing complex called Wymount Village.

Following his tenure as president of BYU, he served as president of Los Angeles City College from 1949-1958 and president of Los Angeles State College from 1958 to 1962.

Citation

Brief autobiography, 1969: t.p. (Howard S. McDonald)

Wikipedia, via WWW, Aug. 25, 2009: (Howard Stevenson McDonald; b. July 18, 1894; d. Oct. 25, 1986; president of Brigham Young University, 1945-1949; president of Los Angeles City College, 1949-1958; president of Los Angeles State College, 1958-1962)

OCLC, Aug. 25, 2009 (hdg.: McDonald, Howard S. ; McDonald, Howard S. (Howard Stevenson), 1894- ; McDonald, Howard S., 1894- ; McDonald, Howard Stevenson, 1894-; usage: Howard S. McDonald ; Howard McDonald)

BYU History: L. Tom Perry Special Collections, website, via WWW, Sept. 19, 2012: Howard S. McDonald and Brigham Young University (1894-1986, born July 18, 1894, November 14, 1945 inaugurate sixth president, enrollments doubled from 2700 to 5400 in 1947-1948, created Dean of Students Office, eighty new faculty, 1946 lobbied for science building, library addition, student union, dormitories, fine arts building, 1946 funds for science building, construction 1948, not finished, surplus military housing, Ogden arsenal, funds from Federal Works Program, 45 temporary buildings, Wymount Village, president Los Angeles City College 1949-1958, Los Angeles State College 1958-1962)

Found in 33 Collections and/or Records:

Richard Edmond Bennett, Harvard S. Heath, and James R. Clark interview

 File — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2961
Scope and Contents Typescript of an interview conducted by Richard Bennett, Harvard Heath, and James R. Clark on August 7, 1972 for a meeting of the Brigham Young University Centennial History Committee meeting. The interview took place in the J. Reuben Clark Building on the campus of Brigham Young University. The persons interviewed include Karl Miller, Kiefer B. Sauls, President Howard S. McDonald, Leland Perry, and G. Thomson. The men discuss many issues related to the history of Brigham Young University...
Dates: 1972 August 7

Brigham Young University contracts with the Veterans Administration

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: UA 274
Scope and Contents Contains contracts negotiated between the Veterans Administration and Brigham Young University concerning financial aid for veterans.
Dates: 1948-1949

Brigham Young University inaugural speeches and responses

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: UA SC 19
Scope and Contents Contains only inaugural speeches and responses by presidents Harris, McDonald, Wilkinson, Oaks, Holland, and Lee.
Dates: 1921-1989

Collection of sketches of Brigham Young University presidents

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: UA 1270
Scope and Contents Series of panorama-style sketches of the presidents of Brigham Young University from Warren N. Dusenberry through Jeffrey R. Holland.
Dates: 1980

Carl F. Eyring papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 507
Scope and Contents This collection includes correspondence concerning research projects, annual department budgets, personal opinions as to the future of BYU. Also includes records of a farewell reception and address given in behalf of President and Mrs. Howard S. McDonald, 1943-1950.
Dates: 1943-1950

George H. Hansen albums, 1914-1963

 Series
Identifier: MSS 1628 Series 1
Scope and Contents note Scenes from Hansen's mission in England, travels and studies in Mexico, Texas, and California, geology trips, visit to Indonesia to establish a geology department at Gadjah Mada University, and his college years and service in the Utah State ROTC; Afton Allred Hansen's mission to the Eastern States in the 1920s; Bessie Hansen and her family and friends in Richfield, Utah, her nursing work, on camping trips and other vacations; Mildred Allred with her friends and family, on trips to Bryce Canyon...
Dates: Other: 1914-1963

George H. Hansen loose photographs, 1900-1980

 Series
Identifier: MSS 1628 Series 2
Scope and Contents note Photos of: George on his mission to England, on geology field trips, on his visit to Indonesia, in the ROTC; of Afton Allred Hansen on his mission to the Eastern States; of Bessie Hansen in Richfield, on vacations, and with her family and friends; of Mildred Allred on her mission to California; of the Greco family (George's aunt); of George's family while he was growing up in Richfield; of the Utah Agricultural College Fair; of Afton as a teacher, missionary, and mother; of George and Afton and...
Dates: Other: 1900-1980

George H. Hansen negatives, 1896-1972

 Series
Identifier: MSS 1628 Series 4
Scope and Contents note Negatives of: George Hansen at Utah State, family trips, and geology; Bessie Hansen with her family and friends; George's mission to England; findings of fossils, arrowheads, and interesting rocks; the trip to Indonesia; redistricting studies; fishing trips; artifacts from a trip to Mexico; Utah maps and documents; Utah gas and oil studies, soil profiles; etc.
Dates: Other: 1896-1972

George H. Hansen slides, 1915-1971

 Series
Identifier: MSS 1628 Series 3
Scope and Contents note Slides of: George and Afton's family and their travels, and family reunions; Afton's BYU tour to Europe; trips (George and Afton, Mildred) to Hawaii, China, Indonesia, Africa, Italy, Switzerland, New Zealand and Australia, Denmark, Norway, England, Fiji, Egypt, Greece, India, the Holy Land, Turkey, etc.
Dates: Other: 1915-1971

George H. Hansen photograph collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1628
Abstract This is primarily a collection of original Hansen prints, slides, and negatives and also includes photographic albums belonging to George Hansen, Afton Allred Hansen, and Bessie Hansen.
Dates: approximately 1896-1980