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College of Fine Arts and Communications records

Identifier: UA 666

Scope and Contents

Contains administrative records on the College of Fine Arts, including the correspondence of dean Lael J. Woodbury. Materials date from between 1951 and 1983.


  • 1949-1984


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 Reference Services at

Biographical / Historical

The College of Fine Arts was organized in 1925 with Gerrit de Jong, Jr., as the first dean. He remained dean until 1959 when he was succeeded by Conan Mathews. In 1963 the college became the College of Fine Arts and Communications. Mathews retired in 1966 and was succeeded by Clawson Cannon who served one year as acting dean until the appointment of Lorin F. Wheelright as dean in 1967. He served as dean until 1974 when he was succeeded by Lael J. Woodbury who was succeeded in 1982 by the current dean, James A. Mason. Currently, the college consists of the departments of Art, Communications, Design, Music, and Theatre and Cinematic Arts.


50 boxes (25 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Arranged in nineteen series: 1. College of Fine Arts art files, 1965-1983; 2. College of Fine Arts college centers files, 1964-1981; 3. College of Fine Arts communications files, 1969-1983; 4. College of Fine Arts correspondence, 1965-1983; 5. College of Fine Arts Daily Universe files, 1969-1983; 6. College of Fine Arts Dance Department files, 1980; 7. College of Fine Arts Design Department files, 1980-1983; 8. College of Fine Arts development project files, 1969-1979; 9. College of Fine Arts Environmental Design Department files, 1968-1972; 10. College of Fine Arts faculty files, 1949-1984; 11. College of Fine Arts general college files, 1963-1983; 12. College of Fine Arts Harris Fine Arts Center files, 1965-1980; 13. College of Fine Arts minutes, 1959-1982; 14. College of Fine Arts Mormon Festival of the Arts files, 1970-1983; 15. College of Fine Arts Music Department files, 1970-1983; 16. College of Fine Arts publications, 1971-1975; 17. College of Fine Arts Speech Department files, 1971-1974; 18. College of Fine Arts Speech and Dramatic Arts Department files, 1968-1975; 19. College of Fine Arts Theatre and Cinematic Arts Department files, 1977-1983.

Other Finding Aids

A more detailed finding aid is available in print in the repository.

Other Finding Aids

File-level inventory available online.

Custodial History

Donated by the College of Fine Arts and Communications.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; College of Fine Arts and Communications.


Departmental records (University Archives collecting policy, July 2003).

Processing Information

Processed; James J. Dooley; 1992.

Register of the College of Fine Arts and Communications records
James J. Dooley
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.
Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008

Repository Details

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

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo UT 84602 US