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Committee on Competence and Academic Freedom collection on academic freedom, 1984-1999

 Series — Carton: 2
Identifier: UA 5742 Series 2

Scope and Contents

Contains correspondence, memorandums, newspaper articles, clippings, and other material about academic freedom and Brigham Young University's Committee on Competence and Academic Freedom. Some materials appear to have been collected by John Tanner, which may not have initially been part of the committee's records. Dated 1984 to 1999.


  • Majority of material found within 1984-1999


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 Committee on Competence and Academic Freedom records must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.

Administrative History

From the Collection:

The Committee on Competence and Academic Freedom was concerned for the definition and upholding of academic freedom at Brigham Young University.

John S. Tanner was head of the Committee on Competence and Academic Freedom for a while. Through this committee statements were made on what academic freedom means to Brigham Young University. The committee also collected information on Brigham Young University's mission and how they are treating academic freedom as a religious institution for both students and staff. The committee would also work greatly on creating policies for hiring and being a professor at Brigham Young University.

Biographical History

From the Collection:

John S. Tanner (1950- ) is an English professor and university administrator in Utah.

John Sears Tanner was born in 1950 and raised in Southern California. He studied English at Brigham Young University (BYU), and received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1980. He taught at Florida State University and BYU. He later served in the BYU administration, and was Academic Vice President between 2004 and 2011. In 2011 he was called to serve as a mission president in São Paulo, Brazil for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.


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Language of Materials



Foldered and arranged by subject matter during processing.

Repository Details

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

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo UT 84602 US