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Robert C. Taylor papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 1072

Scope and Contents

Correspondence regarding employment for, plans for, flyers for, architectural drawings of, and materials for the Jerusalem Center. The collection includes three large models of the Jerusalem Center and of Jerusalem. There are also several folders regarding Travel Study trips and alumni cruises.


  • 1969-1995


Conditions Governing Access

Donor restricted until 2052; permission to use materials must be obtained from the Board of Curators and Board of Trustees.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Robert C. Taylor papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Robert C. Taylor (1927-1995) was a college administrator in Utah. He managed the Brigham Young University Travel Studies Program between 1959 and the 1980s, and was instrumental in the development of the BYU Jerusalem Center.

Robert "Bob" C. Taylor was born April 17, 1927 in Salt Lake City to Frank C. and Bessie T. Taylor. Mr. Taylor served in the United States Coast Guard from March 1945 to May 1946. He was a German-reading specialist. He then attended the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah, where he received a bachelor's degree in Speech in 1952. Upon graduating, Mr. Taylor went to Hollywood and worked as a staff assistant for the Howard Hughes Production company and as president of the Deseret Theatrical Artists of Hollywood Association until 1959. While working in California, Mr. Taylor married Katherine Cook Taylor, who was a model and an actress in several of the productions made by Howard Hughes. In 1959, he was named as the Chairman of the Brigham Young University Travel Studies Program replacing Dr. Jay B. Hunt. He was instrumental in obtaining permission to build the BYU Jerusalem Center and oversaw its completion. Mr. Taylor served BYU until his retirement working with the Travel Studies program. He passed away in 1995. Robert Taylor had three children with Katherine--Mark, Michael, and Michele. Katherine Cook Taylor passed away in 2003.


19 boxes (9.5 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Other Finding Aids

Box-level inventory available online.

Custodial History

Materials were donated to the repository by Michele Taylor, daughter of Robert C. Taylor, in 2003.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Michele Taylor; 2003.


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

Processing Information

Processed; Kayla Quinney; February 2009.

Register of Robert C. Taylor papers
Kayla Quinney
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.

Repository Details

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

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo UT 84602 US