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Translation Sciences Institute annual reports and committee records, 1975-1992

 Sub-Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 5592 Series 2 Sub-Series 1

Scope and Contents

Contains general records of the Translation Sciences Institute, including annual reports and policies from the Humanities Research Center, database distribution records, building records, and general files. Also included are two plaques in an oversize folder from the institute honoring Ernest L. Wilkinson and his contributions, 1975-1992.


  • 1975-1992


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

Biographical History

From the Collection:

Charles D. Bush (1948-2011) was a senior research consultant/Macintosh specialist at the Brigham Young University Humanities Research Center.

Charles Douglas Bush was born in Logan, Utah on July 13, 1948 to Richard Andrew and Muriel Cropper Bush. He served a mission to Finland for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1967 to 1970. In January 1972 he married Junola Smith in Manti, Utah. He received a bachelor's degree in history (1973) and a master's degree in linguistics (1974) at Brigham Young University and contributed significantly to literature on the topic of computer-aided translation and other aspects of linguistics. He worked at Brigham Young University for thirty-seven years, including work with the Humanities Research Center. Bush passed away on April 13, 2011.

Administrative History

From the Collection:

The Translation Sciences Institute (1976-1980) at Brigham Young University functioned to provide machine translation of texts with a minimum of human assistance.

In 1974 then-President of Brigham Young University, Dallin H. Oaks, and Dr. Eldon Lytle presented the idea of a Translation Sciences Institute to the Board of Trustees in an effort to gain funding. The Translation Department of the Church agreed to provide forty percent of the funding, and the project began in 1976. In 1977, President Wilkinson donated the money for a computer dedicated to computer translation work. Originally, the computer was designed to translate accurately and efficiently between English and five other languages: Spanish, French, German, Portugese, and Chinese. The purposes were largely extended to translations of scriptural materials and other church-related texts. Dr. Lytle (1976-1979) and Dr. Gary Carlson (1980) served as directors of the project until funding was withdrawn in 1980.


1 oversize folder

6 folders

Language of Materials