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George H. Brimhall papers

 Collection
Identifier: UA 1092
Consists primarily of correspondences that document the administration of Brigham Young University during George H. Brimhall's presidency. Also contains the reports, receipts, notes, financial records, photographs, poetry, funeral transcripts and programs, teaching and membership certificates, contracts and certificates of appointment, genealogy, missionary papers, minutes, lists of officers, handbooks, blessings, testimonials, bound editions of addresses and sermonettes given by Brimhall, an engraving, exams, copies of articles contributed to the Improvement Era and the Relief Society magazine, and bound diaries. Dated from 1863 to 1954.

Dates

  • 1863-1954

Creator

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 George H. Brimhall papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the Special Collections Board of Curators.

Extent

42 boxes (21 linear ft.)

2 oversize boxes (3 linear ft.)

Administrative History

The Brigham Young University President (est. 1903) is the chief executive officer and general manager of the University.

Brigham Young University has had a president since Brigham Young Academy was changed to Brigham Young University in 1903. While the school was still called Brigham Young Academy the head officer was titled principal.

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. Since 1996, the President of the university has also been a General Authority of the Church.

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- ).
Biographical History George H. Brimhall (1852-1932) was a student, teacher, principal, department head, acting president, president, president emeritus, and head of the alumni association at Brigham Young University.

George Henry Brimhall was born in Salt Lake City on December 9, 1852, to George Washington Brimhall and Rachel Ann Mayer. At age eighteen, he attended high school at the Timpanogos Branch of the University of Deseret in nearby Provo taught by Warren and Wilson Dusenberry. He and some friends built a school they named the Young Men’s Academy. There Brimhall met Alsina Elizabeth Wilkins, a student at the academy, whom he married in the Endowment House in Salt Lake City on December 28, 1874. Together, they had six children. In September 1885, Brimhall married a second wife, Flora Robertson, in the Logan Temple. Together, they had eight children.

He gained teacher’s certificates and diplomas and was elected superintendent of Utah County Schools and Provo City Schools. In 1891, the BYA board of trustees chairman, Abraham O. Smoot, asked Brimhall, to join Brigham Young Academy’s teaching staff and head the Normal (teacher training) Department. Brimhall received the degree of Bachelor of Pedagogy and became BYA Alumni Association’s first president. He received all of his higher education at BYA or BYU.

In 1898, Brimhall became a member of the General Church Board of Education. From 1900-1902, while Benjamin Cluff Jr. was away, he became acting principal of BYA. In December 1903, he received a letter from Joseph F. Smith asking him to be the president of the newly renamed Brigham Young University. He was inaugurated as BYU’s second president on April 16, 1904 with Joseph B. Keller and Edwin S. Hinckley as his counselors.

Brigham Young University underwent a great deal of change under Brimhall’s tenure. Student enrollment expanded, the degree of bachelor of pedagogy was replaced by the Bachelor of Arts and a master’s degree was offered. In addition, The Banyan, the university's first yearbook was published, the block Y on a mountain above campus had been painted, thirty-seven acres of the upper (present) campus had been acquired, the first honorary degree had been conferred, and two new buildings (the Maeser Memorial Building and the Mechanic Arts Building, now known as the Brimhall Building) had been erected on upper campus.

Brimhall was released as president of BYU in 1921. He remained on campus and continued with his work for Church seminaries and as a member of the General Board of the Young Men's Mutual Improvement Association. Brimhall died on July 29, 1932 in Provo, Utah.

Arrangement

Arranged roughly in chronological order (continuous, usually multiple years per series, some years repeated).

Other Finding Aids

Item-level inventory available online. http://files.lib.byu.edu/ead/XML/UA1092.xml

Custodial History

Transferred to the University Archives by the President's Office.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred; President's Office.

Appraisal

University history (University Archives collecting policy, February 2010).

General

Part of the Brigham Young University President's Records Collection.

Processing Information

Processed; J. Gordon Daines III; 1980s.
Title
Register of George H. Brimhall papers
Status
completed
Author
J. Gordon Daines III
Date
1980s
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
English
Sponsor
Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008

Revision Statements

  • 2014 November 19: File level description added; Erin Owens; November 2014.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

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