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Rex E. Lee papers on Office of the President, 1910-1996

Identifier: MSS 2017 Series 6

Scope and Contents

Contains letters, photographs, clippings, publications, and other material from Lee's tenure as president of Brigham Young University, dating from between 1910 and 1996.


  • 1910-1996


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 use material from this collection must be obtained from Reference Services at

Biographical History

From the Collection:

Rex E. Lee (1935-1996) served as solicitor general of the United States and as President of Brigham Young University.

Rex E. Lee was born in 1935 and grew up in St. John's, Arizona. He served a mission in Mexico from 1955 to 1958, then married Janet Griffin. He received a BA from Brigham Young University in 1960 and a JD from the University of Chicago in 1963. He held five honorary doctorate of law degrees. In 1963, he served as a law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Byron R. White. From 1981 to 1985, he served as solicitor general of the United States, after which he worked for the firm Sidley & Austin.

In 1989, he was named as President of Brigham Young University. During his tenure, he enacted policies that regularized procedures, contributed to timely graduation, and organized massive fundraising and construction. His long-term planning has affected university issues into the 21st century.

At the end of 1995, he stepped down as President due to health reasons. He passed away March 11, 1996.


25 boxes

1 oversize box

2 cartons

1 folder

Language of Materials



Arranged in eight subseries: 1. Rex E. Lee inauguration files, 1989. 2. Rex E. Lee legal files, 1910-1996. 3. Rex E. Lee addresses, 1982-1983. 4. Rex E. Lee correspondence, 1976-1996. 5. Rex E. Lee clippings, 1978-1996. 6. Publications by or about Rex E. Lee, 1981-1996. 7. Rex E. Lee miscellaneous personal materials, 1962, 1988-1996. 8. Rex E. Lee photographs, 1994 and undated.

Other Finding Aids

File-level inventory available online.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections. University Archives Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo UT 84602 US