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Church Educational System (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)



  • Existence: 1970-

Administrative History

The Church Educational System (est. 1970) is an educational program for students and adults in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The Church Educational System (CES) was formed in 1970 in a reorganization of the earlier Unified Church School System. The system included primary and secondary educational institutions operated by the Church, including seminaries and institutes of religion. The system is administered by the Commissioner of Church Education, and operates under the direction of the Board of Education of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Commissioners of Church Education have included Neal A. Maxwell (1970-1976), Jeffrey R. Holland (1976-1980), Henry B. Eyring (1980-1986), J. Elliot Cameron (1986-1989), Henry B. Eyring (1992-2004), W. Rolfe Kerr (2005-2008), and Paul V. Johnson (2008- ).

Symposium on the N.T. (4th : 1980 : Brigham Young Univ.) A Symposium on the New Testament, c1980 (a.e.) t.p. (Church Educational System; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) p. v (CES)

Especially For Youth records, 1976-1986, 1995-2008 (program offered in association with Church Educational System)

Wikipedia, via WWW, Dec. 24, 2014 (Commissioners of Church Education; Neal A. Maxwell (1970-1976), Jeffrey R. Holland (1976-1980), Henry B. Eyring (1980-1986), J. Elliot Cameron (1986-1989), Henry B. Eyring (1992-2004), W. Rolfe Kerr (2005-2008), and Paul V. Johnson (2008- ))

Global Mormonism in the 21st Century, 2008: p. 230 (Church Educational System replaced Unified Church School System, 1970; Neal A. Maxwell appointed Commissioner of Church Education at same time; system operated seminary and institute programs, primary and secondary schools, and church universities)

Found in 36 Collections and/or Records:

Church Educational System records

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197231033934]
Identifier: UA 124
Scope and Contents Contains a list of Latter-day Saint church schools operating in 1921-1922, correspondence from Superintendent Adam S. Bennion and Assistant Secretary Franklin S. Davis of the Latter-day Saint Church Commission of Education, a list of comparative attendance of seminaries, historical records of members of the church school system, and information concerning the development of the seminary system with statistics referring to student attendance at church meetings and their observance of church...
Dates: 1921-1927

College of Education records of the Church Educational System, 1973-1977

 Series — Box 9: Series 7; Series 8; Series 9 [Barcode: 31197231215648], Folder: 3-9
Identifier: UA 700 Series 8
Scope and Contents

Includes records of the Church Educational System (CES) in relation to the Brigham Young University College of Education including correspondence and meeting notes to and from CES. Materials date from 1973 to 1977.

Dates: 1973-1977

Consortium of Church Libraries and Archives records

 Collection — Carton 1: [Barcode: 31197235224612]
Identifier: UA 5596
Scope and Contents

Contains records documenting the history of the Consortium of Church Libraries and Archives (CCLA). Included are the packets of information given to participants of the meetings held by the organization. Packets included meeting agendas, supporting documention, and other information. Also includes information on the CES Libraries Consortium, the predecessor of CCLA. Materials dated 1998-2015.

Dates: 1998-2015

Richard O. Cowan collection of material relating to seminaries and institutes

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 6243

Richard O. Cowan collection of material relating to seminaries and institutes is a collection of materials relating to seminaries and instiutes as well as home teaching.

Dates: 1970-1973

Division of Continuing Education annual reports, 1955-1989

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 1088 Series 1
Scope and Contents

Contains annual reports of the division, including information on enrollment, faculty and staff, finances, programs, relations with the Church Educational System, regional centers, and study abroad. Materials date from between 1955 and 1989.

Dates: 1955-1989

William F. Edwards papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 890
Scope and Contents

Includes correspondence, memoranda, and reports concerning colleges and departments, Auxiliary Services, Alumni Association, budget, Church Building Committees, campus planning, faculty, Deans Council, insurance lyceums and assemblies, associations and companies, real estate, Student Special Services, Ernest L. Wilkinson, projects, loans, policies, and procedures.

Dates: 1951-1957

Especially For Youth program booklets

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197231235356]
Identifier: UA 854
Scope and Contents

Includes a brief history of EFY program; biographical sketches and photographs of Session Directors, teachers, and speakers; group photographs of counselors; definition of annual theme; schedule of week activities; words to theme song and Latter-day Saint hymns; and program standards. 2 items.

Dates: 1990-1991

Especially for Youth records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 1025
Scope and Contents

Contains promotional brochures, program agendas, handbooks, faculty information sheets, statistical reports (1995-2001), department meeting minutes (2002-2004), historical records including enrollment history, program catalogs, flyers, course details and counselor application packets, and other information related to the Especially for Youth program, 1976-1986, 1995-2012.

Dates: 1976-1986; 1995-2012

General Church Board of Education records

 Collection — Folder 3
Identifier: UA 536
Scope and Contents

Contains records, including tape transcripts of Franklin L. West's narrative of the "history of the department of education of the LDS Church," relating to Brigham Young University, LDS Business College, and the Juarez and Kelsey academies. Also includes correspondence on candidates for Brigham Young University president. Dated approximately 1936 to 1966.

Dates: approximately 1936-1966