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Office of the President records, 1949-1956

 Series
Identifier: UA 1086 Series 1

Scope and Contents

Records of the Office of the President under Ernest L. Wilkinson on various administrative topics, including staff, faculty, students, finance, and higher education in Utah and the United States. Dates of record keeping from 1949 to 1956.

Dates

  • Record Keeping: 1949-1956

Conditions Governing Access

Restricted. Closed for 25 years from the end date of the administration, and thereafter open to the public in accordance with the University Archives Policy.

Conditions Governing Use

Photocopying and photographs are not permitted until 2025. Note-taking is allowed.

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 specialcollections@byu.edu.

Biographical Historical

From the Collection:

Ernest L. Wilkinson (1899-1978) was a lawyer, academic administrator, and politician in Utah.

Ernest L. Wilkinson was born in Ogden, Utah, on May 4, 1899. He attended Weber Academy and its successor Weber Junior College. He served in the BYU Student Army Training Corps until the end of World War I and then enrolled in Brigham Young University. He graduated from Brigham Young University in 1921 and taught English and public speaking for two years at Weber College. Wilkinson married Alice Ludlow in 1923 and they became the parents of three sons and two daughters. He attended George Washington University where he graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor of law in 1926. He received his doctor of juridical science from Harvard University in 1927. He taught law at the New Jersey Law School for several years while also practicing law in the firm of Hughes, Schurman, and Dwight in New York City. He established a law firm with Walter G. Moyle in 1935 in Washington, D. C. and they practiced together for five years. In 1940 Wilkinson formed his own law firm of Wilkinson, Cragun and Barker. Wilkinson's greatest achievement as a lawyer was a $32 million judgment against the United States for the Ute Tribe. He was also instrumental in the creation of the Indian Claims Commission. In 1951, Wilkinson was asked to become President of Brigham Young University by the leadership of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He presided over the university for a period of twenty years during which it experienced tremendous growth. His tenure was briefly interrupted in 1964 by a failed attempt to run for the United States Senate. Wilkinson served as president-emeritus of Brigham Young University beginning in 1971 and directed the research and writing of a Centennial History of the University. He died of a heart attack in April 1978.

Extent

111 boxes

1 folder

Language

English

Arrangement

Arranged in 67 subseries: 1. Office of the President records on appointment to president, 1949-1951. 2. Office of the President records on administration, 1946-1957. 3. Office of the President records on Admissions and Records, 1951-1956. 4. Office of the President records on alcoholism, 1951-1954. 5. Office of the President annual reports, 1951-1953. 6. Office of the President records on articles of incorporation, 1949-1953. 7. Office of the President records on assemblies, 1951-1957. 8. Office of the President records on associations, 1948-1956. 9. Office of the President records on Auxiliary Services, 1949-1956. 10. Office of the President records on Catholic Church, 1951. 11. Office of the President records on Church organizations, 1949-1957. 12. Office of the President records on Church School System, 1944-1958. 13. Office of the President records on Institutes and Seminaries, 1952-1956. 14. Office of the President records on colleges and departments, 1946-1958. 15. Office of the President records on commencement, 1950-1957. 16. Office of the President records on committees, 1951-1956. 17. Office of the President records on complaints and complements, 1951-1956. 18. Office of the President records on contributions, 1950-1956. 19. Office of the President records on curriculum, 1950-1956. 20. Office of the President records on enrollment, 1949-1956. 21. Office of the President records on faculty, 1949-1956. 22. Office of the President records on finances, 1948-1961. 23. Office of the President records on history and celebrations, 1948-1960. 24. Office of the President records on Indian Program, 1949-1956. 25. Office of the President invitations, 1951-1956. 26. Office of the President records on inquires, 1952-1956. 27. Office of the President records on Iran, 1951-1955. 28. Office of the President records on junior colleges, 1949-1955. 29. Office of the President records on Leadership Week, 1950-1953. 30. Office of the President records on J. Bracken Lee, 1953-1956. 31. Office of the President records on legal matters, 1949-1956. 32. Office of the President records on library, 1950-1956. 33. Office of the President records on lien law, 1952. 34. Office of the President records on marriages, 1951-1953. 35. Office of the President records on Karl G. Maeser, 1952-1955. 36. Office of the President records on motion pictures, 1952-1956. 37. Office of the President records on African Americans, 1954-1955. 38. Office of the President non compos mentis records, 1951-1956. 39. Office of the President records on office procedures, 1951-1956. 40. Office of the President records on proposed college in Hawaii, 1951-1957. 41. Office of the President records on Physical Plant, 1948-1957. 42. Office of the President records on Photo Studio, 1952-1954. 43. Office of the President records on placement, 1951-1956. 44. Office of the President records on population studies, 1954-1955. 45. Office of the President records on politics, 1952-1956. 46. Office of the President records on principles of public school, 1951-1952. 47. Office of the President records on public relations, 1951-1956. 48. Office of the President records on Research Division, 1953-1955. 49. Office of the President records on secretaries, 1953-1955. 50. Office of the President records on senators and representatives, 1954-1955. 51. Office of the President speeches, 1951-1955. 52. Office of the President records on sex education, 1953-1955. 53. Office of the President records on Social Security, 1952. 54. Office of the President records on statistics, 1952-1954. 55. Office of the President records on steel plant at Geneva, 1950-1955. 56. Office of the President records on students, 1951-1956. 57. Office of the President records on scheduling, 1951-1956. 58. Office of the President records on scholarships, 1949-1957. 59. Office of the President records on security, 1951-1956. 60. Office of the President records on Student Personnel Services, 1951-1955. 61. Office of the President records on Summer School, 1951-1955. 62. Office of the President records on tax exemptions, 1951-1954. 63. Office of the President records on telephones, 1951-1956. 64. Office of the President records on television and radio, 1951-1956. 65. Office of the President records on records on travel, 1956. 66. Office of the President records on universities, 1939-1956. 67. Office of the President records on White House conferences, 1952-1956.

Other Finding Aids

Legacy finding aid available in the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Reference area.

Other Finding Aids

Previous version of finding aid available online. http://files.lib.byu.edu/ead/XML/UA1086.xml

Repository Details

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

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