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Brigham Young University. Department of Travel Study



  • Existence: 1951-2004

Administrative History

The Department of Travel Study (1951-2004) was an administrative unit at Brigham Young University.

The Department of Travel Study was created in 1951 to allow patrons to travel to different countries and parts of the United States in order to combine academic, spiritual, and intercultural goals in a unique way. The program was designed for anyone who wanted to participate, even those who were not full-time BYU students and for BYU students who could not go on Study Abroad or to the Jerusalem Center for Near Eastern Studies. The Division of Continuing Education ended the Department of Travel Study in 2004 because of the precarious state of world travel and for financial reasons.


Robert C. Taylor papers, 1969-1995 (international and domestic destinations)

Brigham Young University, L. Tom Perry Special Collections worksheet, Apr. 6, 2009 (Department of Travel Study; est. 1951; abolished in 2004; part of the Division of Continuing Education)

Brigham Young University directory, 1989 (Travel Study)

Department of Travel Study records, 1965-1973 (Department of Travel Study; BYU Travel Study)

Undergraduate catalog 2000–2001 (Division of Continuing Education; Department of Travel Study; est. 1951; combined academic, spiritual, and intellectual goals; designed for all participants)

UPB files, May 28, 2014 (Department of Travel Study; program ended in 2004)

Found in 7 Collections and/or Records:

Roots of Mormonism : Upper Mississippi cruise

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: UA 841
Abstract Includes speeches by Jeffrey R. Holland, Dallin H. Oaks, Bruce C. Hafen, and others.
Dates: 1980

Department of Travel Study guidebooks

 Collection — Carton: 1
Identifier: UA 5691
Scope and Contents Contains travel guide books for the various tours conducted by the Department of Travel Study. Dated 2001.
Dates: 2001

Department of Travel Study records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 1344
Scope and Contents Collection contains correspondence to and from Travel Study personnel. It also contains information about various tours offered by Travel Study. Dates range from 1965 to 1973.
Dates: 1965-1973

Richard L. Gunn diaries on Travel Study

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 9087
Scope and Contents Contains illustrated diaries by Richard L. Gunn documenting his work with BYU Travel Study. Includes detailed descriptions of individual tours with embedded photographs to areas including Europe, Africa, Asia, and South America. Dated 1986-2004.
Dates: 1986-2004

Robert John Evans slides and other material on Brigham Young University Travel Study, 1983-1985

 Series — Box: 1, Folder: 2-6
Identifier: MSS 8244 Series 2
Scope and Contents Contains 618 slides taken between 1983 and 1985 while Robert John Evans was on Brigham Young University Travel Study tours to England, Mexico, Greece, Turkey, Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia, Austria, Hungary, and other places in Eastern Europe. Materials dated 1983-1985.
Dates: 1983-1985

Wilford E. Smith personal narratives

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2112
Scope and Contents Includes four volumes of autobiographical writings and two volumes of poems, essays, addresses, messages to his children, and other information. Autobiographical writings reflect his early life in Holladay, Utah, 1916-1934; work for the Civilian Conservation Corps in Utah, 1935; Latter-day Saint mission to New Zealand, 1936-1938; experiences as a student athlete at Brigham Young University, 1939, and the University of Utah, 1940-1943; service as a chaplain in World War II; experiences as a...
Dates: approximately 1980-1998

Robert C. Taylor papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 1072
Abstract 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.
Dates: 1969-1995