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



  • 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.

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 34 Collections and/or Records:

George H. Hansen photograph collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1628

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

Honorary memberships for Brigham Young University presidents

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197231234490]
Identifier: UA 1185
Scope and Contents

Certificates of honorary membership in the Sons of Utah Pioneers for all Brigham Young University presidents from Warren Dusenberry through Cecil O. Samuelson.

Dates: 2005

Howard Stevenson McDonald, 1945-1975

 File — Box 2: [Barcode: 31197223107035], Folder: 1
Identifier: UA 946 File 6

Howard S. McDonald letter

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197231028306]
Identifier: UA 90
Scope and Contents

Letter from McDonald to LaVieve H. Earl, concerning accomplishments during McDonald's administration as president of Brigham Young University 1945 to 1949, dated April 22, 1953.

Dates: 1953 April 22

Howard S. McDonald letters

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230310481]
Identifier: MSS SC 1316
Scope and Contents

Forty-four handwritten and typed letters (131 leaves) by McDonald, mostly addressed to his mother. The letters primarily deal with personal and family matters including McDonald's experiences as a Mormon missionary in Pennsylvania and as a part of the American Expeditionary Force in France during World War I.

Dates: 1914-1944

Office of the President correspondence, 1945-1949

Identifier: UA 1087 Series 1
Scope and Contents

Contains correspondence regarding everyday administrative functioning, letters of congratulations for appointment, and correspondence with various colleges of the university, 1945-1949.

Dates: 1945-1949

Office of the President general records, 1945-1949

Identifier: UA 1087 Series 3
Scope and Contents

Contains general files regarding McDonald's inauguration, the Board of Trustees, PTA, and a building proposal. Also includes files regarding faculty, including faculty applications and work samples, faculty members report, and appointment recommendations, 1945-1949.

Dates: 1945-1949

Office of the President personnel records, 1948-1949

Identifier: UA 1087 Series 2
Scope and Contents

Contains personnel files regarding faculty members and student assistants, 1948-1949.

Dates: 1948-1949

Office of the President records

Identifier: UA 1087
Scope and Contents

Contains the presidential papers of Howard S. McDonald, including correspondence and personnel files documenting the administration of the university, 1945-1949.

Dates: 1945-1949

Office of the President reports

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 726
Scope and Contents

Includes information on enrollment, academic courses and curriculum, finances, buildings, and real estate. Includes reports from Presidents Cluff, Brimhall, Harris, Nuttall (Acting), Jensen (Acting), and McDonald.

Dates: 1892-1949