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Catalogue of Brigham Young Academy library

 Item — Folder: 1
Identifier: UA 215

Scope and Contents

Catalog with an inventory list of the library's books divided by subject. List produced by Willard Done in August 1886.


  • 1886 August


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Restricted. Closed for 50 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 Catalogue of Brigham Young Academy library must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Administrative History

Brigham Young Academy (1875-1903) was established by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints under the direction of Brigham Young for the instruction of church members in the area of Provo, Utah.

Brigham Young Academy was the predecessor to Brigham Young University and Brigham Young High School. Brigham Young saw the school as a place where all secular learning should be fused with teachings from the scriptures. Despite steady growth during its early years, the Academy was threatened by a series of financial and physical setbacks. With the help and sacrifice of Abraham O. Smoot, the campus moved in 1891 to new facilities on University Avenue in Provo Utah. The Academy's curriculum strengthened and enrollment grew. In 1903, the name was officially changed to Brigham Young University.

Brigham Young Academy principals included Warren N. Dusenberry (1876), Karl G. Maeser (1876-1892), and Benjamin Cluff (1892-1903).

Biographical History

Willard Done (1865-1931) was a teacher and academic administrator in Utah.

Willard Done was born on December 10, 1865 in Moroni, Utah to John Done and Sarah Barker, and grew up in Payson, Utah. A member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Done attended Brigham Young Academy in Provo, Utah. While a student he was active in the Polysophical Society, and served as an assistant to James E. Talmage during the 1877-1878 school year.

After graduating with a normal degree in 1883, Done joined the Academy faculty as head of the Primary and Preparatory departments, where he served from 1884 to 1886. During this time, Done also supervised the Academy Boarding House and acted as the school's librarian. In December 1885, Done married Sarah A. Forbes, and together they had ten children.

In 1886, Karl G. Maeser selected Done to help establish the Salt Lake Stake Academy. Done moved to Salt Lake, where he served as the institution's first teacher and functioning principal. In 1892, after completing a bachelor's degree in didactics, Done became the principal of what was then called the Latter-day Saints' College (LDS College). He resigned in 1899 and briefly joined the faculty of Brigham Young College in Logan, Utah.

After the 1899-1900 school year, Done returned to teach in Salt Lake City. During this time he also served as secretary to the Young Men's Mutual Improvement Association for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In 1902 he was also elected to the Utah House of Representatives.

By 1920, Done had left the teaching profession to become an insurance agent. Between 1925 and 1926 he also served as a missionary in the Western States Mission. He passed away on January 10, 1931 in Salt Lake City, Utah.


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


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Register of Catalogue of Brigham Young Academy library
Rose Frank
2011 July 15
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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