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Ballif, Ariel S. (Ariel Smith), 1901-1995



  • Existence: 1901 - 1995

Biographical History

Ariel S. Ballif (1901-1995) was a sociology professor in Utah.

Ariel Smith Ballif Sr. was born on December 9, 1901 in Logan, Utah to John Lyman Ballif and Emma Smith. Raised in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he and his wife, Artemesia Romney Ballif, served a mission in New Zealand between 1927 and 1930. His primary assignment during this time was as principal of the Maori Agricultural College in Hastings.

Ballif studied at Brigham Young University, where he received his bachelor's degree. He also completed a master's and PhD from the University of Southern California. In 1938 he joined the BYU faculty, and later served as chairman of the sociology department.

Ballif was also active in his community, and served as a member of the Provo, Utah city council and as mayor.

He passed away on May 10, 1995 in Provo, Utah.

History of the Foreign Student Office, 1973: title page (compiled by Ariel S. Ballif)

Brigham Young University Department of Sociology records, 1940-1970 (Ariel S. Ballif)

Wikipedia, 8 October 2019 (Ariel S. Ballif; Ariel Smith Ballif, Sr. (December 9, 1901 - May 11, 1995) was a professor of sociology at Brigham Young University, mayor of Provo, Utah and a leader in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Ballif was born in Logan, Utah to John Lyman Ballif and his wife, the former Emma Smith; in 1925 Ballif married Artemesia "Arta" Romney, who was a daughter of George S. Romney and a sister of Marion G. Romney; they had five children, including Ariel S. Ballif Jr., Jae R. Ballif and Bonnie Ballif-Spanvill, who also became professors in Utah; Ballif earned his bachelor's degree from BYU and then an MA and Ph. D. from the University of Southern California; from 1927 to 1930 Ballif served with his wife as a missionary in New Zealand, serving as principal of the Maori Agricultural College for most of that time; Ballif joined the faculty of BYU in 1938 and served as chairman of the sociology department for a number of years; Ballif was elected to the Provo City Council in 1958, and from 1960-1961 he was mayor of Provo)

FamilySearch, 8 October 2019 (Ariel Smith Ballif; born 9 December 1901 in Logan, Utah; died 10 May 1995 in Provo, Utah; son of John Lyman Ballif Sr. and Emma Gurney Smith)

Found in 5 Collections and/or Records:

Department of Sociology records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 554
Scope and Contents

Includes records and correspondence of the department chair, department meeting minutes, general department information, and a brief history of the department, 1906-1954.

Dates: 1940-1970

Foreign Student Office records

 Collection — Box 1: [Barcode: 31197231021822]
Identifier: UA 492
Scope and Contents

Contains reports and correspondence with the Institute of International Education, and the National Association of Foreign Students' Advisors, and other associations regarding foreign students, policies, exchanges and conferences, 1954-1966.

Dates: 1954-1966

History of the Foreign Student Office / compiled by Ariel S. Ballif

 Item — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197233275079]
Identifier: UA SC 44
Scope and Contents

Compiled history of the Foreign Student Office and the International Office at Brigham Young University (22, xv, [5] pages). Materials compiled by Ballif in 1973.

Dates: Publication: 1973

Oral history interviews with Ariel S. and Arta Romney Ballif

 Collection — Box 1
Identifier: UA 5334
Scope and Contents

Contains audiocassettes and transcripts of interviews by Bennett with Ariel S. Ballif and Arta Romney Ballif. Materials date from between 1982 and 1986.

Dates: 1982-1986

Summer School dean records

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197231012045]
Identifier: UA 279
Scope and Contents

Contains correspondence and payroll reports concerning summer school faculty (14 items). Materials date from between 1950 and 1953.

Dates: 1950-1953