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College of Religious Education recordings

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 5687

Scope and Contents

Contains sound recordings of firesides, devotionals, forums, and talks from Religious Education about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Church history and doctrine, Communism and the Church, the Church and the US government, and spiritual matters. Dates range from 1955 to 1977.


  • 1955-1977


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 publish material from the College of Religious Education recordings must be obtained from the Supervior of Reference Services and/or the L.Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Administrative History

The College of Religious Instruction was an entity of Brigham Young University.

The College of Religious Instruction was born in 1959 when the Division of Religion was discontinued due to growth in university enrollment and renamed the College of Religious Instruction. As university enrollment grew, religious class enrollment grew, as every student was required to engage in a religious class each semester. The following individuals served as deans of the college: David H. Yarn, Jr. (1959-1963), B. West Belnap (1964-1967), Daniel H. Ludlow (1968-1971), and Roy W. Doxey (1972-1973).

The College of Religious Instruction had a fundamental role in properly integrating religious and moral values with secular knowledge. With the requirement of religious course enrollment each semester, individuals at Brigham Young University had the opportunity of establishing his or her life on a stable ethical and religious basis. Despite its college structure, the College of Religious Instruction did not grant degrees, neither graduate nor undergraduate.

Theological classes became part of the College of Religious Instruction at its establishment in 1959. Beginning in 1961, the faculty of the College of Religious Instruction instituted a new class requirement for incoming freshman, that of a Book of Mormon course.

A Reading Committee on Publication of Theological Material existed at least in 1963 under the chairmanship of William E. Berret. It was discontinued by 1968.

The following departments were a part of the College of Religious Instruction from 1959 to 1964: Bible and Modern Scripture, Biblical Languages, L.D.S. Theology Church Organization and Administration, History and Philosophy of Religion, and Religious Education. These were replaced by the Dept. of Undergraduate Studies in Religious Instruction and the Dept. of Graduate Studies in Religious Instruction in 1964. Three new departments were organized in 1969, replacing the previous two, which included the Department of Ancient Scriptures, the Department of Church History and Doctrine, and the Department of Philosophy.

Administrative History

The College of Religious Education is an entity of Brigham Young University.

The College of Religious Education, formerly known as Religious Instruction, is a vital part of the university, existing to help students progress in religious understanding and convictions. The following individuals have served as dean of Religious Education: Robert J. Matthews (1983-1990), Donald Q. Cannon (1990-1991), Robert L. Millet (1991-2001), Andrew C. Skinner (2001-2006), Terry B. Ball (2006-2013), and Brent L. Top (2013- ).

Religious Education administers all religion courses funded by the university. Religion courses are and have been an integral part of education at Brigham Young University since it's beginning, on the basis that for education to be fully sound and complete, it must include both secular and religious courses.

Administrative History

Religious Instruction was the entity of Brigham Young University responsible for religion classes and religious instruction.

Religious Instruction was organized in 1973 when the decision was made to change the name of the College of Religious Instruction simply to Religious Instruction. In 1975, Religious Instruction began to be no longer listed with the list of colleges in the University Catalogs. Abolishing the college entity was a decision made for several reasons, one being the idea that making this change decreases the sensitivity about a "paid ministry." The following men served as deans of Religious Instruction: Jeffrey R. Holland (1974-1976) and Ellis T. Rasmussen (1976-1983).

Religious Instruction administered all religious instruction funded by the University. Courses in religion have been offered by the University since the beginning of its existence, due to the idea that each individual's life must be built upon a firm ethical and religious basis.

Administrative History

The Division of Religion was the forerunner for the College of Religious Instruction, Religious Instruction, and the current College of Religious Education at Brigham Young University.

The Division of Religion, established in 1940, required that all students enroll in a two-credit-hour religion class each semester as a prerequisite to graduation. It was the responsibility of the division to supervise all religious teaching and activity on campus, and provide instruction in scripture, doctrine, Church history, and religious leadership. Although the Head of the Division of Religion was the President of the University, there did exist a director of Religious Activities, J. Wyley Sessions, who served from 1940 to 1950. Sidney B. Sperry was a prominent religious professor beginning in 1939, and later Director of Religious Instruction.

The Division of Religion was composed of the following four departments: Bible and Modern Scripture, Church History, Theology and Philosophy, and LDS Church Organization. There were also graduate degrees offered in the areas of Bible and Modern Scripture, Semitic Languages, Church History, and Philosophy of Religious Education. The Division of Religion focused mostly had behavioral, rather than intellectual, objectives.


4 cartons (4 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Arranged by year.

Custodial History

Transferred from Religious Education in April 2014.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred; College of Religious Education; April 2014.


University records (University Archives Collecting Policy, February 2010).

Processing Information

Processed; Sarah Markle; June 2014.

Register of Religious Education recordings
Sarah Markle
2014 June 18
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

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

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo UT 84602 US