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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:

General Church Board of Education records

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197231033827]
Identifier: UA 121
Scope and Contents

Contains administrative codes, regulations, minutes of executive meetings and charts concerning the Church Education System and its relationship to Brigham Young University, and listings of Church positions held by Brigham Young University staff members (17 items). Materials date from between 1938 and 1943.

Dates: 1938-1943

Gerald N. Lund collection of Church Education System teaching materials, 1993-2006

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 8707 Series 9
Scope and Contents

Contains manuals, teaching resources, syllabi, articles and clippings, scripture mastery cards, overhead transparencies, and other curriculum materials, and notes on teaching within the Church Educational System. Materials dated 1993-2006.

Dates: 1993-2006

I remember when

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230328913]
Identifier: MSS SC 2983
Scope and Contents Autobiography details memories of his childhood in Salt Lake County, Utah; church service, including a Latter-day Saint Mission to the Central States, 1937-1939; attendance at BYU; service in the U.S. Navy during World War II; marriage; teaching LDS seminary in Logan and Salt Lake City, Utah; teaching LDS institute at University of Alberta (Canada) and Southern Utah University; employment at BYU; service as president of the Southwest Indian Mission; and service as president of Hawaii Temple...
Dates: 1997

Kent P. Jackson diaries

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 7577
Scope and Contents

Contains daily diaries of Kent P. Jackson from 1961 to 2018. Diaries document his personal and professional life beginning with early memories from living in Holland with his family, and journals and appointment books from his mission in Austria. Later diaries document trips to the Middle East, New England, church callings, family life and traditions, civic engagement, and day-to-day work log at Brigham Young University.

Dates: approximately 1961-2018

LDS Church administration papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 3275

Contains materials related to the growth and organization of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Also contains information about geography and sociology in the 20th century.

Dates: 1901-2000

Karl G. Maeser letter to John D. Williams

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197231238194]
Identifier: MSS 7664
Scope and Contents

Letter from Karl G. Maeser to Elder John D. Williams. The letter discusses Elder Williams' recent appointment as Superintendent of Religious Classes of Parowan Stake and his responsibilities. It also reminds Elder Williams of the reporting requirements of the position.

Dates: 1893

Office of the President records on Church Educational System, 1971

Identifier: UA 1086 Series 14 Sub-Series 5
Scope and Contents

Contains materials pertaining to the office of President Ernest L. Wilkinson of Brigham Young University. Includes memos and correspondence on the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints school system. Includes material on topics such as Rick's College, Chruch College of Hawaii, and correspondence with Neal Maxwell. Dated 1971.

Dates: 1971

Office of the President records on the Church Educational System, 1974-1981

Identifier: UA 1030 Series 22
Scope and Contents

Contains documents related to the Church Educational System from 1974 to 1981. Includes records and correspondence from Holland's tenure as Commisioner for CES from 1976 to 1980. Also includes material regarding commencement, summer tours, tour proposals and policies, and building dedication programs. Contains records from the Programs Committee and Executive Committe, in addition to records regarding development, the high council, Melchizedek Priesthood, and missionary referrals.

Dates: 1974-1981

Office of the President records on the Church Educational System, 1972-1980

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 1085 Series 8
Scope and Contents Contains materials related to the relationship of Brigham Young University within the Church Educational System (CES). Materials cover topics including the Church College of Hawaii (now Brigham Young University-Hawaii), directions from Church leaders, such as Neal A. Maxwell, and reports about the conditions of the schools and programs under the CES. Correspondence, memos, and reports make up the bulk of the materials. Correspondence between the presidents of the CES schools, directors, and...
Dates: 1972-1980

Oral history interview with William E. Berrett

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA OH 69
Scope and Contents Interview by Thomas E. Cheney with William E. Berrett concerning the history of the Church Education System, particularily the Seminary and Institutes program. Also speaks on the development of religious instruction at BYU, his experiences with Ernest Wilkinson, and the development of Brigham Young University from 1948-1971. Also discusses the discontinuance of social units at BYU, the organization of BYU wards, and the establishment of the ROTC program. Includes transcript and sound...
Dates: 1982