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Vasco M. Tanner collection on the South American Expedition

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 4170
Contains first-hand accounts and retrospective articles on the expedition. Materials were written or compiled by Vasco M. Tanner.


  • 1899-1975


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Vasco M. Tanner collection on the South American Expedition must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.


3 boxes (1.5 linear ft.)

Administrative History

The Brigham Young Academy South American Expedition, spearheaded by then-President Benjamin Cluff, Jr., consisted of a team of students, administrators, and faculty who traveled through Central and South America from 1900-1902 to do archaeological study of the Book of Mormon.

Custodial History

Collection was originally part of the Vasco M. Tanner collection, donated in installments from the 1970s-1990s. Materials relating to the Cluff Expedition were subsequently separated. These items were donated to Special Collections in 1982.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Vasco M. Tanner; 1982.


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

Related Materials

See also: 1. Benjamin Cluff, Jr. : scholar, educational administrator, and explorer, second principal of Brigham Young Academy, and first president of Brigham Young University : a study of the life and labors of one of Utah's first school administrators / by Eugene L. Roberts and Mrs. Eldon Reed Cluff (BX 8670.1 .C621 1947); 2. Collection, 1887-[ca. 1983]. Wolfe, Walter M. (Walter Matson), 1859-1932 (UA 366); 3. Diary excerpt of the South American scientific expedition of the Brigham Young Academy, 1900-1902. Tolton, Walter S., 1864-1950 (UA 368); 4. Papers, 1900-1902. Cluff, Benjamin, 1858-1948 (UA 135); and, 5. Papers, 1887-1933. Van Buren, Chester G., 1875-1928 (UA 352).


Incomplete contents: Brigham Young Academy South American expedition papers, 1899-1975 includes two series: 1. Expedition papers, 1900-1975, and 2. Chester Van Buren papers, 1899-1968.


Register of Vasco M. Tanner collection on the South American Expedition
Garrett Schroath
2011 April 6
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Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States