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Graduate Studies records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 1141

Scope and Contents

Materials include records created by the Graduate School and Graduate Studies programs. The materials focus on the relationship between the Graduate programs and other areas, such as the colleges and departments, the library and general education. The materials consist of correspondence, reports, memos, and reports. The collection focuses on the the individual programs and on the university-wide changes to the graduate programs. The materials are from 1972 to 2009.


  • 1972-2009


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 Graduate Studies records must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Administrative History

The Graduate Studies (1986- ) was established from the Graduate School. The purpose of Graduate Studies is to coordinate and structure the graduate programs at Brigham Young University. Graduate Studies works with departments and colleges across the University to formulate admission, academic and curriculum standards. Formerly the Graduate School, Graduate Studies was established in 1986. The school operates under the direction of a Dean. The following have served: Marilyn Arnold (1986-1990), J. Keith Rigby (1990-1991), Marilyn Arnold (1991-1993), Addie Fuhriman (1993-1999), Bonnie Brinton (1999-2009), and Wynn Stirling (2009-). Graduate Studies serves as the central administrative body for the graduate programs at Brigham Young University. It officiates admissions, graduation, and acts as a liaison between the departments, students, and University. Graduate Studies collaborates with the faculty and departments to offer a wide variety of Masters and Doctoral programs. Graduate Studies, the Graduate Council, and the University president work together to establish graduation requirements, curriculum guidelines, and admissions standards. Most activities that fall outside of the individual departments of instruction, such as admission, are routed through the central Office of Graduate Studies.

Administrative History

The Graduate School (1929-1986) was to develop, coordinate and operate the graduate programs at Brigham Young University. The Graduate School also worked with coordinating and planning so that undergraduate and graduate level classes would be compatible for the university. The Graduate School was renamed Graduate Studies.

The Graduate School was established in 1929 to fulfill the need of education past the bachelor's degree. It operated under the guidance of a Dean. It also was under the guidance of a faculty-based council; the Council of the Graduate School (1946-1950), the General Committee of the Graduate School (1950-1957), and the Graduate Council (1957- ). The School also was under review of the President of the University. The following have served as Deans of the Graduate School: Christen Jensen (1929-1949), Asahel Woodruff (1949-1953), Christen Jensen (1953-1954), George Hansen (1954-57), A. Smith Pond (1957-1959), Wesley P. Lloyd (1960-1970), Chauncey C. Riddle (1970-1980). In 1986, the collection of graduate programs was renamed Graduate Studies. The Graduate School served as the central administrative body for the graduate programs at Brigham Young University. It officiated admissions, graduation, and acted as a liaison between the departments, students, and University. The programs within the School offered degrees at the Masters and Doctoral level. The School, Council, and University president worked together to establish graduation requirements, curriculum guidelines, and admissions standards.

The Graduate School operated directly under a Dean. In addition to the Dean, the school also was under the administration of a faculty-based council, as well as the review of the University president.


8 cartons (8 linear ft.)

13 boxes (6.5 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Arranged in six series: 1. Records on academics. 2. Graduate Studies records on administration, 1972-1981. 3. Graduate Studies records on general education, 1972-1981. 4. Graduate Studies records on School of Library and Information Sciences, 1972-1981. 5. Graduate Studies records on reports, 1972-1981. 6. Graduate Studies records on department and college reviews, 1959-2009.

Other Finding Aids

Finding aid available online and in the Special Collections Reference area.

Other Finding Aids

File-level inventory available online.

Custodial History

Transferred from Records Management in installments between 2004 and 2013.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferrred; Records Management; July 2004.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred; Records Management; June 2013.


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

Processing Information

Processed; Amanda Lindell; September 2004.

Processing Information

Processed; Joshua Barton; September 2013.

Register of Graduate Studies records
Jennifer Kim; Joshua Barton
2011 August 31
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.

Revision Statements

  • 2013 September 30: Revised to reflect recent additions by Joshua Barton.

Repository Details

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

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo UT 84602 US