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Physical Plant Department administrative correspondence and autobiographical materials

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA SC 11

Scope and Contents

Contains brief autobiographical material. Correspondence limited to expressions of gratitude from Ernest Wilkinson and other administrators.


  • approximately 1970-1975


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 Physical Plant Department administrative correspondence and autobiographical materials must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Administrative History

The Physical Plant Department (est. 1954) functions to coordinate the building and grounds maintenance of Brigham Young University.

The Physical Plant Department, previously the Department of Buildings and Grounds, was established in 1954. The Physical Plant functions under the Physical Facilities Division and is responsible for maintaining university utilities, overseeing engineering and construction, maintaining the grounds, maintaining the buildings (including custodial services), overseeing transportation services, and administering to campus projects. Directors of the department have included Leland M. Perry (1954-1957), Sam F. Brewster (1957-1974), Fred A. Schwendiman (1974), Harold J. Anderson (1979-1986), Douglas Christensen (1986-1990), and Scott Briggs (1990- ).

Biographical History

J. Carl Morrison (1908-2002) was a grounds administrator in Arizona and Utah.

James Carl Morrison was born on July 16, 1908 in Jefferson, Kentucky to James Anthony Morrison and Daisy Florence Welch. He and his family lived in Florida, and he eventually moved to New York where he worked as a riding instructor and groomer. In 1934 he married Mary Cecilia Bowen (1904-1965) in Bedford, New York, and they had two children. He later moved his family to Mesa, Arizona where he worked as the grounds superintendent for the Mesa Arizona School District. While there he joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In 1954 he took the position of superintendent of grounds at Brigham Young University, in Provo, Utah. After the death of his wife, Mary, in 1965, he married Ruth Marie Riggs on June 16, 1966 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Morrison retired from the university in 1973, and died in Salt Lake City, Utah on August 22, 2002.


2 folders (0.08 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift; Carl Morrison, Springville; July 16, 1992.


Office files (University Archives collecting policy, July 2003).

Register of Physical Plant Department administrative correspondence and autobiographical materials
Jennifer Kim
2011 August 10
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
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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