William Whitaker sketches of university presidents
Scope and Contents
Contains pencil sketches of all of the presidents of Brigham Young Academy and Brigham Young University from Warren N. Dusenberry to Rex E. Lee created by William Whitaker. Each of these are framed for housing purposes. The date of production of materials is 1996.
- 1996 April
- Whitaker, William, 1943- (artist, Person)
Conditions Governing Access
Open for public research.
Conditions Governing Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to use material from this collection must be obtained from Reference Services at firstname.lastname@example.org.
William Whitaker (1943- ) is a classical-realist figure painter in Utah known for being the owner of the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles, the founder of Brigham Young University's Graphic Design department, and worked as the advertising director for Capitol Records.
William Whitaker was born to owner of Whitaker-Gurnsey studio W. Ferrin and Martha Whitaker in Chicago, Illinois in 1943. Although he spent the first few years of his childhood in Chicago, at the age of 6, his family relocated to La Jolla, California. After this, at the age of 9 he then moved to Utah when his father and brothers decided to open up The Homestead Resort in Midway, Utah. Staying in Utah, he then attended the University between 1960-1967, with him taking a two-year mission to Germany in between. While at University, he became acquainted with University of Utah professor Alvin Gittins - whom he took Advanced Drawing with and later took a study abroad to Mexico with in 1967. In 1967, he graduated from the University of Utah with a business degree.
After he finished school, he moved to Los Angeles, where he soon became the owner of the Otis Art Institute and served as an advertising director for Capitol Records. After this, he then was employed at Brigham Young University, where he established the Graphic Design department and taught commercial, advertising, and fine art for 12 years. Between 1985-1990, he then briefly moved to Mesa, focusing his attention on pastel drawings on the female figure and Native Americans. On his spare time, he also painted portraits of Prophets and Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, many of which are currently housed in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City.
9 oversize boxes (16.5 linear ft.)
Language of Materials
Transferred from University Relations by Blake Fischer in 2017.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Transferred, Blake Fisher; June 2017.
Administration (University Archives Collection Development Policy, October 2015)
Processed; Eric Wolford, student manuscript processor, and Cory Nimer, curator; 2017.
- Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
- Bateman, Merrill J. -- Portraits
- Brigham Young University
- Brimhall, George H. (George Henry), 1853-1932 -- Portraits
- Church Educational System
- Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
- Cluff, Benjamin, Jr., 1858-1948 -- Portraits
- Colleges and Universities
- Dusenberry, Warren N. (Warren Newton), 1836-1915 -- Portraits
- Fine Arts
- Harris, Franklin S. (Franklin Stewart), 1912-1999 -- Portraits
- Lee, Rex E., 1935-1996 -- Portraits
- Maeser, Karl G. -- Portraits
- McDonald, Howard S. (Howard Stevenson), 1894-1986 -- Portraits
- Wilkinson, Ernest L., 1899-1978 -- Portraits
- Register of William Whitaker sketches of university presidents
- Eric Wolford
- 2017 July 27
- 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.