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Center for Family & Community History project records on churches of Provo, 1866-1987, bulk: 1960-1987

Identifier: UA 1191 Series 9 Sub-Series 1

Scope and Contents

Contains project records on various religions found in the Provo and Orem areas of Utah, and how they began in Utah. Includes clippings, notes, drafts, photographs and negatives, typed historical essays, and other material. Dated 1965 to 1987.


  • 1866-1987
  • Majority of material found within 1960-1987


Conditions Governing Access

Restricted. Closed for 35 years from the date of creation of the records, and thereafter open to the public in accordance with the University Archives Policy.

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 the Reference Services at

Biographical / Historical

From the Series:

The Department of Family and Local History Studies was a research and teaching institute at Brigham Young University. It was formed in 1978 from the Institute of Genealogical Research in the College of Social Sciences. The department taught classes on genealogical research and prepared students to conduct family history work. In 1985, it became the Center for Family and Community History.

Biographical / Historical

From the Series:

The Center for Family & Community History (1985-1990) was a research institute at Brigham Young University. It was responsible for coordinating genealogical academic programs, as well as conducting research and promoting family history work.

Biographical / Historical

From the Series:

G. Wesley Johnson Jr. was born April 28, 1932, to George Wesley Johnson and Matilda Zoe Hansen, in Mesa, Arizona. Wesley attended Brigham Young University and Harvard University, then went on to receive a PhD in history at Columbia University, where he edited, co-edited, or co-authored books and essays on twentieth-century African political history. Wesley began his teaching career in history at Stanford University in 1965, then moved on to teach at University of California, Santa Barbara, in 1972. In 1984, he began teaching history and political science at Brigham Young University, as well as a professor of business history for the Marriott School of Business. Wesley was also instrumental in building and then directing the Family and Community History Center at BYU, as well as the Mormon Outmigration Leadership History Project. After retiring in 1997, he continued to administer the Project with his wife, Marian Ashby Johnson, until it was completed in 2007. Wesley founded "Dialogue, A Journal of Mormon Thought," with Eugene England, and "The Public Historian: Official Journal of The National Council for Public History." On November 16, 2018, Wesley passed away in Provo, Utah.

Biographical / Historical

From the Series:

The Mormon Outmigration Leadership History Project was established in the mid-1980s in the College of Family, Home, and Social Sciences at Brigham Young University. It was later transferred to the Marriott School of Management, where it remained until the project was completed in 2007.

The project worked to collect oral histories and other documentation about Latter-day Saints that migrated out of Utah and took up leadership roles in business and communities elsewhere in the United States. The project was administered by G. Wesley and Marian Ashby Johnson.


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1 folder

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