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Polysophical Society minutes

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS SC 2879
Two pages of handwritten minutes of the society's first two meetings, held in the Lewis Building at Brigham Young Academy on 30 November and 7 December 1877. Minutes include summary of Karl G. Maeser's comments on the society's functions, and qualifications for membership. The society's first president was Joseph Keeler, a recent Brigham Young Academy graduate. Minutes recorded by Fannie Rogers, secretary. A second folder includes a photocopy and transcript of the minutes.


  • 1877


Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Original restricted. Photocopy and transcript available for patron use. Microfilm copy open without restriction.

Conditions Governing Use

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


2 folders (0.02 linear ft.)

Administrative History

Founded by principal Karl G. Maeser in 1877 "to supply to the students opportunities for public training, and the means of obtaining useful incidental instruction" (Academic Review 1, no. 1 (October 1884): 1). The "Academic Review" was published under the auspices of the Polysophical Society beginning in 1884.

Custodial History

Fannie Rogers kept minutes of society meetings until her death in 1880. Her family gave the 1877 minutes to her fiance, Josph B. Keeler. After Keeler's death in 1935 the document remained in possession of his family. The Joseph B. Keeler collection was donated by his son, Daniel M. Keeler, to Brigham Young University in 1989. Because of their historical significance, the Polysophical minutes were separated from the Keeler collection and cataloged separately.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Daniel M. Keeler and Virginia Christensen Keeler; 1989.


19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.

Existence and Location of Copies

Photocopy of original available in Folder 2. Transcription available in Folder 2.
Register of Polysophical Society minutes
Benjamin Sipes
2011 February 17
Description rules
Language of description

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States