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Brigham Young University. Department of Geography



  • Existence: 1955-

Administrative History

The Department of Geography was a part of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences during its time of operation from 1955 to 1965. It then became a part of the newly established College of Social Sciences and remained so until 1981 when it became a part of the College of Family, Home, and Social Sciences. The Department of Geography has been under the direction of chairmen Elliot Tuttle (1955-58), Albert L. Fisher (1959-1960), Robert L. Layton (1961-1965; 1968-1981), Floyd Millet (1966-1968); Russell N. Horiuchi (1981-1989); Dale J. Stevens (1989-1995); Richard H. Jackson (1995-2001); J. Matthew Shumway (2001-present).

The Department of Geography provided instruction to those wishing to build a vast cultural education around a primary interest in geography and the understanding of the world and its problems. Courses offered included Geography in World Affairs, Geography of Climates, Industrial Geography, Urban Geography and Geography of Underdeveloped Areas.

The Department of Geography functions under the administration of a department chair under the direction of the college dean. During its existence, the department has been under the direction of the deans of and parts of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (1955-1965), the College of Social Sciences (1965-1981), and part of the College of Family, Home, and Social Sciences (1981- ).

Harold B. Lee Library University Organizational History Project, website viewed Nov. 12, 2010 (History of the Department of Geography

Found in 13 Collections and/or Records:

Department of Geography correspondence

 Collection — Carton 1: [Barcode: 31197233640470]
Identifier: UA 5337
Scope and Contents

Contains correspondence of the Department of Geography chairman, Dr. Robert Layton, dated 1961-1979.

Dates: 1961-1979

Department of Geography department chair records

 Collection — Box 1: [Barcode: 31197231023265]
Identifier: UA 523
Scope and Contents

Includes correspondence and records of the department chair, budget reports, curriculum, class samplings.

Dates: 1955-1973

Department of Geography slides

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 7649
Scope and Contents

Collection has 7344 items with 7331 of them being slides. The collection contains teaching aids and slides of different parts of the world. Box 6 contains 22 housed 35mm filmstrips and 9 cassette tapes.

Dates: 1965-1993; Majority of material found within 1965-1976

Department of Geography slides of the world, 1965-1993, bulk 1965-1976

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 7649 Series 2
Scope and Contents

Contains 3881 slides of various countries around the world.

Dates: 1965-1993; bulk 1965-1976

Department of Geography teaching slides, 1965-1993, bulk 1965-1976

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 7649 Series 1
Scope and Contents

Contains 3442 slides, 13 filmstrips, and cassette tapes used for teaching.

Dates: 1965-1993; bulk 1965-1976

Wilma Eldridge geography report

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230311505]
Identifier: MSS SC 1384
Scope and Contents

Handwritten and bound research report submitted for a course entitled "Human Geography" at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. The item deals with the geography and history of Park City, Utah.

Dates: approximately 1930

Graduate Studies records on Department of Geography, 1981-1999

 Sub-Series — Carton 18: Series 6 [Barcode: 31197233639688], Folder: 4-5
Identifier: UA 1141 Series 6 Sub-Series 24
Scope and Contents

Materials are related to the graduate program of the Department of Geography from 1981 to 1999. Materials include reports, department reviews, and proposals.

Dates: 1981-1999

Thomas Kent Hinckley papers

Identifier: UA 1036
Scope and Contents Materials document Hinckley's involvement in many different aspects of his life. The majority of these files deal with his profession as a geographer and as a professor at Brigham Young University. These professional files include correspondence, professional articles and research material, professional projects such as maps and map-making material, and class notes and material. Also documented in this collection is Hinckley's involvement and interest in other areas, including organs, music,...
Dates: 1934-2002

Thomas Kent Hinckley class tests and notes, 1968-1995

 Series — Box 9: Series 7 [Barcode: 31197225550109]
Identifier: UA 1036 Series 7
Scope and Contents

Contains examinations and notes for geography classes taught by Hinckley.

Dates: 1968-1995

Thomas Kent Hinckley maps and other material, approximately 1934-2002

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 1036 Series 9
Scope and Contents

Contains maps, map-making material, and book manuscript layouts.

Dates: approximately 1934-2002