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Public Relations Division administrative correspondence, 1956-1961

 Sub-Series
Identifier: UA 543 Series 1 Sub-Series 1
Contains correspondence and administrative papers of Presidents Barrett, Bentley, Crockett, edwards, Sandgren, Taylor, and Wilkinson, as well as of Ben Lewis, John Bernhard, and Dean Lloyd.

Dates

  • Other: 1956-1961

Conditions Governing Access

Restricted. Closed for 50 years from the date of creation of the records, and thereafter open to the public in accordance with the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Restriction Policy. Requests to access restricted materials in the University Archives should be submitted to the University Archivist.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances.

Permission to publish material from the University Relations Division records must be obtained from the Head of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Extent

2 folders

Administrative History

The Public Relations Division at Brigham Young University was responsible for coordinating relationships between the university and external entities and to organize campus activities. Established in 1955, the unit was later reorganized as the University Relations Division in 1964.
Biographical History Lester B. Whetten (1904-1988) was an educational administrator in Utah.

Lester Benjamin Whetten was born on June 23, 1904 in Colonia Garcia, Chihuahua, Mexico, to John Amasa and Martha Elizabeth Carling Whetten. He attended school at Brigham Young University, where he studied animal science, sociology and Spanish. On June 18, 1930 he married Kate Allred in the Cardston Temple in Alberta, Canada. After his graduation in 1932, he completed a master's degree in education administration and then did advanced studies in higher education administration at the University of Chicago.

After completing his education, Whetten built a successful career in educational administration. This included work as the executive dean of the Chicago College of Osteopathy (1937-1942), superintendent of schools in Pagosa Springs, Colorado (1942-1943), president of Snow College (Ephraim, Utah, 1953-1956), director of agriculture at Mesa College (Grand Junction, Colorado), director of public relations and dean of general college at Brigham Young University (1956-1972), and chairman of Indian Education Department (1972-1973).

A member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Whetten served as a mission president in Mexico City and Guadalajara, Mexico. He also served as a regional representative for the Church in El Salvador, Spain, and Portugal.

Whetten died on December 3, 1988 in Walnut Creek, California.

Other Finding Aids

File-level inventory available online. http://files.lib.byu.edu/ead/XML/UA543.xml

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

Contact:
1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States