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Ramses II (1985-1986 : Brigham Young University)


administrative history

The Ramses II exhibit (1985-1986) was an attraction held at Brigham Young University.

In July of 1985, Wilfred Griggs was approached by the Government of Egypt concerning the privilege of hosting the Ramses II exhibit. A contract was signed on 5 August, and by October 1985, Ramses II was opened to the public, and BYU officially hosted the first exhibition of Ramses II. The three months of preparation included designing and constructing a temporary exhibit building adjacent to the Bean Museum, negotiating with Egyptian delegates concerning the transportation, insurance and security of the exhibit, and organizing a media package which would attract a million people to the exhibit.

BYU hired Gardiner Advertising to spearhead the media blitz. At the same time, the BYU Public Relations office began to design and write such materials as catalogs, advertisements, posters, postcards, invitations and educational materials. The University also had to hire and train hosts and hostesses for the exhibit. A major inaugural dinner and tour was organized for Egyptian, University, State, Municipal, and Church officials.

There was a major thrust regarding the education of young students in Utah and parts of Idaho. The BYU Department of Education put together education packets for teachers and students, and a traveling educational program prepared young students for their visits to the Ramses exhibit.

Register of the Ramses II Exhibit Records, 1985-1986, website viewed 2014 May 23 (Ramses II exhibit, transportation, insurance, security, Gardiner Advertising, inaugural dinner, educational programs).

Found in 4 Collections and/or Records:

C. Wilfred Griggs records on Ramses II exhibit

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 689
Scope and Contents

Contains the working files of C. Wilfred Griggs on the Ramses II exhibit at Brigham Young University. This includes budget records, publicity, legal records, files on Ramses II lecture and lecturers, awards, complaints, and meeting minutes. Dated 1985-1987.

Dates: 1985-1987

Public Affairs records on Ramses II exhibit

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 697
Scope and Contents

Contains correspondence, advertisements, posters, catalogs, logistical information, contracts, marketing strategies, and interviews with Jeffrey Holland, Jae Ballif, and George Bowie.

Dates: 1985-1986

Ramses II exhibit interviews

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230330034]
Identifier: MSS SC 3000
Scope and Contents

Interviews recorded with BYU president Jeffrey R. Holland and with Robert J. Matthews, dean of religious education, concerning the Ramses II Exhibit at BYU, 1985-1986.

Dates: 1986; 1986

University Communications files on Ramses II exhibit and research materials, 1985-1995

 Sub-Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 5395 Series 4 Sub-Series 26
Scope and Contents note

Contains publications, slides, proposals, exhibit packets, newspaper clippings, news releases, books, photographs, publicity, notices, and other materials for and related to the Ramses II exhibition at Brigham Young University in 1985. Other topics include Ramses in schools, Egyptian DNA, and registration response forms for CASE District VII Chief Advisements Officers' Seminar and an exhibition catalog.

Dates: 1985-1995

Additional filters:

Collection 3
Archival Object 1
Audiocassettes 2
Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.) 2
Colleges and Universities 2
Education 2
Interviews 2