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Harold R. Oaks papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 9158

Scope and Contents

Contains materials pertaining to Harold R. Oaks' mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to the Netherlands. Includes Harold R. Oaks' mission journal, photographs (negatives, slides, and prints), missionary activity reports, ephemera, agendas and printed publications from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Also included are printed materials from Holland America Line pertaining to Oaks' travel to the Netherlands. All of the materials provide insight into the day-to-day life of Oaks' as a missionary, the companions he served with, and members he interacted with. Dated approximately 1954-1984.


  • approximately 1954-1984


Language of Materials

Materials in English with some materials in Dutch, French, and one publication in Norwegian.

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 publish material from the Harold R. Oaks papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.

Biographical History

Harold R. Oaks (1936-) is a former theater professor and academic administrator in Utah.

Harold R. Oaks was born June 20, 1936, in Provo, Utah, to parents V. LeRoy and Rozena Ann Oaks. Oaks attended high school at Weber High School and went on to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Netherlands mission in Holland and Belgium from July 1956 to February 1959. Oaks later attended Brigham Young University, where he earned his BA in 1960 in Speech and Drama and his MA in 1962 in Theatre and Cinematic Arts. In 1964 he received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. He married Virginia Mae Blunck on June 6, 1960 in Salt Lake City, UT and when she passed away in 1966, Oaks married Ima Jean Peck on January 2, 1997. Oaks taught theatre at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis from 1960 to 1964, Frostberg State University Maryland from 1964 to 1966, Kearney State College from 1966 to 1968 and Colorado State University from 1968 to 1970. In 1970, Oaks started his 32 year career at BYU. During his career at BYU, Oaks served as the chair for the Theatre and Media Arts department (1980-1993) and as Associate Dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communications (2000-2002), after which he assumed Emeritus status. Oaks specialized in Theatre for Young Audiences, presenting papers and workshops in various parts of the world. He has directed over forty-eight college, university, and community theatrical productions. He was chair of the Theatre Department at Brigham Young University for over twelve years, and helped found the film program. He also founded the Young Company (formerly known as the Whittlin' Whistlin' Brigade) and was its Artistic Director for twenty-five years.


2 boxes (1 linear ft.)

1 carton (1 linear ft.)

1 folder (0.04 linear ft.)

Custodial History

Donated by Harold R. Oaks on June 29, 2018.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Harold R. Oaks; 2018.


Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th and 21st Century Western and Mormon Americana ii.B.5.VI, 2019).

Processing Information

Processed; Whitney Dean, student manuscript processor; 2018.

Processed; Meghan Hoesch, student manuscript processor; 2019.

Register of Harold R. Oaks papers
Whitney Dean and Meghan Hoesch
2018 October 10
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 Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States