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Office of the President records (working version)

 Collection
Identifier: UA 1086A
Contains the presidential papers of Ernest L. Wilkinson span the years 1949-1975. They cover his pre-appointment period to the presidency, his presidential administration and his post-presidential activities. The collection documents University activities, programs, policies and procedures, and public relations with other universities, national, state and local organizations. It contains correspondence, memos, reports, meeting minutes, newspaper clippings, and related materials.

Dates

  • Record Keeping: 1937-1975

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Restricted. Closed for 25 years following the death of Ernest L. Wilkinson (1978), 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

Photocopying and photographs are not permitted until 2025. Note-taking is allowed.

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Office of the President records must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Extent

603 boxes

Biographical Historical

Ernest L. Wilkinson (1899-1978) was a lawyer, academic administrator, and politician in Utah.

Ernest L. Wilkinson was born in Ogden, Utah, on May 4, 1899. He attended Weber Academy and its successor Weber Junior College. He served in the BYU Student Army Training Corps until the end of World War I and then enrolled in Brigham Young University. He graduated from Brigham Young University in 1921 and taught English and public speaking for two years at Weber College. Wilkinson married Alice Ludlow in 1923 and they became the parents of three sons and two daughters. He attended George Washington University where he graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor of law in 1926. He received his doctor of juridical science from Harvard University in 1927. He taught law at the New Jersey Law School for several years while also practicing law in the firm of Hughes, Schurman, and Dwight in New York City. He established a law firm with Walter G. Moyle in 1935 in Washington, D. C. and they practiced together for five years. In 1940 Wilkinson formed his own law firm of Wilkinson, Cragun and Barker. Wilkinson's greatest achievement as a lawyer was a $32 million judgment against the United States for the Ute Tribe. He was also instrumental in the creation of the Indian Claims Commission. In 1951 Wilkinson was asked to become President of Brigham Young University by the leadership of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He presided over the university for a period of twenty years during which it experienced tremendous growth. His tenure was briefly interrupted in 1964 by a failed attempt to run for the United States Senate. Wilkinson served as president-emeritus of Brigham Young University beginning in 1971 and directed the research and writing of a Centennial History of the University. He died of a heart attack in April 1978.

Arrangement

Arranged into 58 subject-based series. 1. Office of the President records on the appointment to president, 1949-1951. 2. Office of the President records on academics, 1953-1972. 3. Office of the President records on administration, 1951-1973. 4. Office of the President records on admissions and records, 1951-1964. 5. Office of the President records on articles of incorporation, 1875-1953. 6. Office of the President records on annual reports, 1951-1953. 7. Office of the President records on the Alumni Association, 1958-1962. 8. Office of the President records on auxiliary services and academic aids, 1949-1971. 9. Office of the President records on assemblies, 1951-1962. 10. Office of the President records on associations and organizations, 1948-1970. 11. Office of the President records on BYU, 1950-1962. 12. Office of the President records on campus associations and organizations, 1969. 13. Office of the President records on church organizations, 1952-1973. 14. Office of the President records on the church school system, 1944-1971. 15. Office of the President records on the church stakes, 1959-1963. 16. Office of the President records on churches, 1951-1958. 17. Office of the President records on college and departments, 1940-1972. 18. Office of the President records on commencement, 1950-1963. 19. Office of the President records on committees, 1951-1956. 20. Office of the President records on complaints and compliments, 1951-1956. 21. Office of the President records on congratulatory, 1959-1962. 22. Office of the President records on contributions, 1950-1958. 23. Office of the President records on curriculum, 1951-1956. 24. Office of the President records on Continuing Education, 1967. 25. Office of the President records on the Destiny Fund, 1957-1963. 26. Office of the President records on enrollment, 1949-1958. 27. Office of the President records on the extension division, 1957-1962. 28. Office of the President records on faculty, 1949-1963. 29. Office of the President records on federal aid, 1959-1964. 30. Office of the President records on general correspondence, 1963-1973. 31. Office of the President records on history and celebrations, 1948-1960. 32. Office of the President records on Indians, 1949-1956. 33. Office of the President records on the Indian Program, 1966. 34. Office of the President records on institutes and seminaries, 1952-1956. 35. Office of the President records on investments and finances, 1949-1962. 36. Office of the President records on invitations, 1951-1956. 37. Office of the President records on Iran, 1951-1954. 38. Office of the President records on junior colleges and schools of the Pacific, 1949-1958. 39. Office of the President records on leadership week, 1949-1956. 40. Office of the President records on the library, 1951-1956. 41. Office of the President records on the proposed college in Hawaii, 1951-1957. 42. Office of the President records on physical plant, 1948-1968. 43. Office of the President records on placement, 1951-1956. 44. Office of the President records on public relations, 1947-1971. 45. Office of the President records on publications, 1955-1960. 46. Office of the President records on research, 1953-1971. 47. Office of the President records on scholarships, 1949-1957. 48. Office of the President records on secretaries, 1950-1956. 49. Office of the President records on security, 1951-1956. 50. Office of the President records on speeches, 1965-1973. 51. Office of the President records on students, 1956-1963. 52. Office of the President records on student personnel services, 1951-1956. 53. Office of the President records on telephones, 1951-1956. 54. Office of the President records on television and radio, 1959-1963. 55. Office of the President records on universities, 1950-1972. 56. Office of the President records on university development, 1963-1971. 57. Office of the President records on university relations, 1965-1968. 58. Office of the President records on White House conferences, 1952-1956.

Each series is organized chronologically.

Other Finding Aids

Finding aid available in the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Reference area.
Other Finding Aids File-level inventory available online. http://files.lib.byu.edu/ead/XML/UA1086.xml

Custodial History

Part of the Office of the President records Collection. Transferred from the Office of the President via University Records Management.

Appraisal

Office files (University Archives collecting policy, July 2003).
Title
Register of Office of the President records
Status
completed
Author
Jennifer Kim
Date
2011 September 12
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
English

Revision Statements

  • 2013 January: Series titles modified; collection level arrangement note created; physical description and instances created; subjects added; Joseph Wiest; 2013

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

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