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Charles Redd Center for Western Studies director records, 1970-1996

Identifier: UA 478 Series 1

Scope and Contents

Materials include correspondence, reports, notes, articles, and budgets from the Office of the Director. The materials pertain to Thomas G. Alexander's time as director and teacher. Included are professional papers and personal papers. Dated 1970-1996.


  • 1970-1996


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

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Biographical History

Thomas G. Alexander (1935- ) was the director of the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies.

Thomas G. Alexander (or Thomas Glen Alexander) was born on August 8, 1935 in Logan, Utah. He was raised in Ogden, Utah. In 1956-1958, he served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the West German Mission. He received an Associate of Arts from Weber State University, and a bachelor's degree in 1960 and master's degree in 1961 from Utah State University. He taught Utah history and environmental history at Brigham Young University, and was a professor emeritus. He became the Lemuel Hardison Redd, Jr. Professor Western History and director of the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies.

Alexander also taught at Utah State University, University of California, Berkeley, University of Nebraska at Kearney, Southern Illinois University, and University of Utah. He was the president of the Mormon History Association from 1974-1975, the president of the Pacific Branch of American History Association, president of the Utah Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters, president of the Association of Utah Historians, chair of the Utah Board of State History, chair of the Utah Humanities Council, national president of Phi Alpha Theta, fellow of the Utah State Historical Society, and chair of Brigham Young University's Faculty Advisory Council.

Administrative History

The Charles Redd Center for Western Studies (1972- ) was created for the expansion of area and ethnic studies. The Charles Redd Center for Western Studies at Brigham Young University was created in 1972 in response to the growing interest and awareness of area and ethnic studies. Organized through donations by Charles and Annaley Redd, the center encourages the study of Intermountain and Mountain West regions, promoting publications, lectures, classes, and oral history study. The Center includes a variety of disciplines, including history, geography, sociology, anthropology, politics, economics, literature, art, folklore, range science, forestry, biology, and popular culture.


17 cartons

9 folders

Language of Materials



Materials are arranged into two subseries: 1. Charles Redd Center for Western Studies Office of the Director of professional papers, 1970-1996. 2. Charles Redd Center for Western Studies Office of the Director personal papers, 1978-1991.

The materials have been left in the original order in which they were found. This order appears to be grouped by subject and chronologically.

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Repository Details

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

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo UT 84602 US