Karl G. Maeser correspondence
Scope and Contents
Contains photocopies, microfilm, and a few original documents of correspondence to and from Karl G. Maeser. Materials cover Maeser's personal life, time as principal of Brigham Young Academy, and time as superintendent of the General Church Board of Education. The correspondence is addressed to many individuals all over the Intermountain West and Mexico concerning education including several presidents of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and their counselors. The materials date from 1861 to 1901.
- Maeser, Karl G. (creator, Person)
Conditions Governing Access
Restricted. Closed for 70 years from the end date of the administration, 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 Karl G. Maeser correspondence must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.
Karl G. Maeser (1828-1901) was a well-renown educator and principal in Utah, particularly respected for his integral role in establishing the theme and focus of Brigham Young Academy.
Maeser was born in Saxony, Germany in January 1928. Maeser went to school in Germany and gained training in teaching. He worked as a teacher and private tutor in and around Germany. Karl G. Maeser married Anna Mieth in 1854. Maeser was baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1855. He left Germany in 1856 for the United States and arrived in Utah in 1860.
Karl G. Maeser was the second principal of Brigham Young Academy and served from 1876 until 1892. Under Maeser Brigham Young Academy established itself as one of the leading schools in Utah territory. Maeser placed the development of character above the development of intellect. In matters of morals and religious conduct, he saw things as black and white. He devised for Brigham Young Academy an intricate system of rules, regulations, and academic routine all designed to form habits of proper conduct.
In 1888 Maeser was made the first General Superintendent of Church Schools as part of the General Board of Education of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Maeser Published a book entitled "School and Fireside" in 1898 which reflected his views on education. He died in February 1901.
3 boxes (1.5 linear ft.)
Language of Materials
Arranged in three series: 1. Principal's Office correspondence. 2. General Church Board of Education correspondence. 3. Personal correspondence.
Other Finding Aids
Item-level inventory available online. http://files.lib.byu.edu/ead/XML/UA1094.xml
Part of the Brigham Young University President's Records Collection.
University history (University Archives collecting policy, February 2010).
Existence and Location of Originals
Original letterpress copybooks: MS 1259; Church History Library; 15 East North Temple Street; Salt Lake City, Utah 84150.
Folder 4 of box 2 is currently missing.
Processed; Joshua Barton; September 2012.
Processed; Joseph Wiest; March 2013.
Processed; Sadie Julian; February 2016.
- Register of Karl G. Maeser correspondence
- Jennifer Kim; Joshua Barton
- 2011 September 12
- 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.
- 2012 September: Materials were intellectually arranged into series according to content.
- 2016 February: Described materials at item level.