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R. Lanier Britsch papers

Identifier: UA 959

Scope and Contents

Includes resumes, letters of recommendation, and correspondence while at the university as well as grades, old class rolls, reading lists, and other class material. Education Week and Kennedy Center records are included. Also includes Britsch's dissertation, drafts of other writings, and faculty addresses.


  • 1957-2002


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the R. Lanier Britsch papers must be obtained from the Permissions & Licensing Office of the University and the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

R. Lanier Britsch (b. 1938) was a history professor and academic administrator in Utah and Hawaii.

R. Lanier Britsch was born on November 16, 1938 in Provo, Utah. Britsch attended Brigham Young University from 1958-1964 where he earned his B.A. in Asian Studies and M.A. in History. He then went on to receive his Ph.D. at Claremont Graduate University, also in Asian Studies. His professorship at BYU started in 1966 where he taught history until his retirement in 2002. His teaching career in Provo was interrupted, however when he accepted the position of Vice President for Academics at BYU-Hawaii from 1986-1990 as well as taking other developmental leaves. Britsch has been published in numerous books and magazines as well as writing his own works. In each case his research has been extensive and widely-used by other scholars. Britsch is an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and has held many different positions therein. In 1961 he married JoAnn Murphy in the Salt Lake Temple. They have six children.


16 boxes (8 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Arranged in eight series: 1. Writings of R. Lanier Britsch, 1959-1989; 2. R. Lanier Britsch professional assignments files, 1959-1989; 3. R. Lanier Britsch course development materials, 1972-2002; 4. R. Lanier Britsch travel applications, reimbursements, itineraries, and pamphlets, 1978-2000; 5. R. Lanier Britsch association, society, conference, and workshop files, 1970-2000; 6. R. Lanier Britsch correspondence, 1967-2002; 7. R. Lanier Britsch colleague and associate correspondence; and 8. R. Lanier Britsch miscellaneous articles, papers, and newsclippings, 1957-1996.

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

Transferred from the History Department in 2002.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred; History Department; 2002.


University history (University Archives collecting policy, February 2010).

Processing Information

Processed; J. Gordon Daines III and Natalie Clark; June, 2002.

Register of the R. Lanier Britsch papers
J. Gordon Daines III and Natalie Clark
2002 June
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