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Brigham Young University vice-presidential records

Identifier: UA 1233

Scope and Contents

Collection contains correspondence, meeting minutes, budget records, and other materials related to the Academic Vice President about academic programs, faculty hiring and review, research, and strategic planning and administration of academic resources. The majority of the materials document the activities of the academic units of Brigham Young University. Dates range from 1953 to 2007.


  • 1953-2007


Conditions Governing Access

Restricted. Closed for 100 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 Brigham Young University vice-presidential records must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Administrative History

The Office of Academic Vice President at Brigham Young University (1966- ) is responsible for administering university faculty, undergraduate studies, and research and graduate studies.

The position of Academic Vice president was established around 1966, though its functions had been established earlier. When Earl C. Crockett was appointed vice president in charge of finance and business administration in 1957, he was also given responsibility for the academic program at the university (except religion). Aside from his service as acting university president in 1964, Crockett operated in this position until his retirement in 1968. The office of Academic Vice President is responsible for undergraduate and graduate studies and research at the university, and has previously also included responsibilities for international studies, academic support, and computing. Between 1981 and 1989 the position was known as Provost and Academic Vice President, but in 1989 the position was split to allow the appointment of an independent provost. Academic Vice Presidents have included Crockett (1966-1968), Robert K. Thomas (1968-1980), Jae R. Ballif (1980-1989), Stan L. Albrecht (1989-1992), Todd A. Britsch (1992-1996), Alan L. Wilkins (1996-2004), John S. Tanner (2004-2011), and Brent W. Webb (2011- ).

Administrative History

Brigham Young University (1903- ) is a university sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Provo, Utah.

Brigham Young University was established in 1903 in a renaming of Brigham Young Academy. Past and present Brigham Young University presidents include George H. Brimhall (1903-1921), Franklin S. Harris (1921-1945), Howard S. McDonald (1945-1949), (acting president) Christian Jensen (1949-1951), Ernest L. Wilkinson (1951-1971), Dallin H. Oaks (1971-1980), Jeffrey R. Holland (1980-1989), Rex E. Lee (1989-1995), Merrill J. Bateman (1996-2003), Cecil O. Samuelson (2003-2014), and Kevin J. Worthen (2014- ). Brigham Young University is owned and operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as part of the Church Educational System (CES). The university is governed by a Board of Trustees, which, since 1939, has consisted of the First Presidency of the Church as well as other General Authorities or general officers of the Church appointed by the First Presidency. The Board of Trustees provides general direction and oversees the formulation of broad policies as well as the approval of all executive leadership and faculty appointments at the university. The Board of Trustees delegates to the University President the responsibility to conduct the operations of the institution and administer the policies enacted by the board. The President serves as the chief executive officer and general manager of the University. Since 1996, the President of the university has also been a General Authority of the Church. Brigham Young University has grown from a small academy to one of the world's largest private universities. Sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, BYU offers a unique educational environment that promotes learning by study and also by faith.


174 boxes (87 linear ft.)

15 cartons (15 linear ft.)




Arranged into ten series: 1. Brigham Young University vice-presidential correspondence, 1968-2004. 2. Brigham Young University vice-presidential meeting minutes, 1980-2005. 3. Brigham Young University vice-presidential reports and studies, 1968-2004. 4. Jerusalem Center for Near Eastern Studies records, 1968-2004. 5. Brigham Young University vice-presidential committee records, 1968-2004. 6. Brigham Young University vice-presidential department records, 1968-2004. 7. Brigham Young University vice-presidential financial records, 1983-2002. 8. Brigham Young University vice-presidential articles, speech resources, and personal files, 1953-2000. 9. Academic resource planning documents, 2002-2007. 10. Brigham Young University vice-presidential historical data records, 1975-1993.

The collection was mostly maintained in the order it was received, and follows chronological, alphabetical, or subject-based organization where available and applicable.

Other Finding Aids

File-level inventory available online.

Custodial History

Transferred from Records Management in December 2005.

Transferred from Records Management in February 2006.

Transferred from Records Management in September 2007.

Transferred from Records Management in July 2008.

Transferred from Records Management in June 2010.

Transferred from Records Management in November 2011.

Transferred from Records Management in May 2014.

Transferred from Records Management in April 2015.

Transferred from Records Management in December 2015.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred; Records Management; December 2005.

Transferred; Records Management; February 2006.

Transferred; Records Management; September 2007.

Transferred; Records Management; July 2008.

Transferred; Records Management; June 2010.

Transferred; Records Management; November 2011.

Transferred; Records Management; May 2014.

Transferred; Records Management; April 2015.

Transferred; Records Management; December 2015


Office files (University Archives collecting policy, July 2003).

Processing Information

Processed; J. Gordon Daines III; February 2006.

Processed; J. Gordon Daines III; April 2006.

Processed; Jacob Clark Smith; October 2007.

Revised; Elizabeth West; July 2008.

Processed; Elizabeth West; July 2008.

Processed; J. Gordon Daines III; June 2010.

Processed; Dani Peterson; January 2012.

Processed; Sarah Markle; May 2014.

Processed; Erin Owens; May 2015.

Processed; Eric Wolford; February 2016
Register of Brigham Young University vice-presidential records
Elizabeth West, Dani Peterson
2008 July
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States