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Maeser, Karl G.

 Person

Dates

  • Existence: 1828-1901

Biographical History

Karl G. Maeser (1828-1901) was a well-renowned educator and principal in Utah, particularly respected for his integral role in establishing the theme and focus of Brigham Young Academy.

Maeser was born in Saxony, Germany in January 1828. Maeser went to school in Germany and gained training in teaching. He worked as a teacher and private tutor in and around Germany. Karl G. Maeser married Anna Mieth in 1854. Maeser was baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1855. He left Germany in 1856 for the United States and arrived in Utah in 1860.

Karl G. Maeser was the second principal of Brigham Young Academy and served from 1876 until 1892. Under Maeser, Brigham Young Academy established itself as one of the leading schools in Utah territory. Maeser placed the development of character above the development of intellect. In matters of morals and religious conduct, he saw things as black and white. He devised for Brigham Young Academy an intricate system of rules, regulations, and academic routine all designed to form habits of proper conduct.

In 1888 Maeser was made the first General Superintendent of Church Schools as part of the General Board of Education of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Maeser Published a book entitled "School and Fireside" in 1898 which reflected his views on education. He died in February 1901.

Citation

Cundick, R. The brothers, c1986: t.p. (a musical play in one act based on the life of Karl G. Maeser)

Sunday school work, 1892: t.p. (Karl G. Maeser)

Online Utah, via WWW, July 14, 2004 (Karl Gottfried Maeser; the first principal of Brigham Young Univ. [i.e. Brigham Young Academy] and general superintendent of the LDS Church school system; b. 16 Jan. 1828 in Saxony, Germany; d. 15 Feb. 1901)

OCLC, March 19, 2004 (hdg.: Maeser, Karl Gottfried, 1828-1901; usage: Karl G. Maeser)

Wikipedia, via WWW, Sept. 30, 2013 (Karl G. Maeser; Karl Gottfried Maeser; b. Jan. 16, 1828 in Meissen, Germany; d. Feb. 15, 1901 in Salt Lake City, Utah; Utah educator; member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; m. 1854 to Anna Mieth; served as missionary in England, Scotland, Penn., Switzerland, Calif.; m. 1875 to Emilie Damke)

Utah History Encyclopedia, via WWW, viewed Mar. 20, 2013 (Karl G. Maeser, b. Jan 1928 Saxony Germany, d. Feb 1901, schooling in Germany, taught and tutored in Germany, m. Anna Mieth 1854, baptized LDS 1855, left Germany 1856, arrived in Utah 1860, second principal of BYA 1876-1892, 1888 General Superintendent of Church Schools-General Board of Education of the LDS church, School and Fireside 1898)

Office of the President, viewed Mar. 20, 2013 (Karl G. Maeser, BYA leading schools in Utah territory, development of character over intellect, moral and religious conduct viewed as black and white, devised system of rules regulations and routine for proper conduct at BYA)

Found in 66 Collections and/or Records:

Advent of Karl G. Maeser

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: UA SC 30
Scope and Contents Manuscript of brief biography of Karl Maeser (5 pages), undated.
Dates: date of production not identified

Alumni Association records

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: UA 450
Scope and Contents Contains information and addresses about Founder's Day at Brigham Young University. Also includes two addresses by Harold B. Lee and Karl Maeser.
Dates: 1967

Ancestors of Karl G. Maeser, 1988-1901, and Anna Heneritta Therese Mieth, 1830-1896

 File — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2126
Scope and Contents Biographical history of Karl G. Maeser tells of his childhood in Saxony, Germany; his education; marriage; conversion to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; migration to Utah in 1857; church service, including a Latter-day Saint mission to Germany, 1867-1870; establishment of the Brigham Young Academy (later Brigham Young University); service as principal of Brigham Young Academy, 1876-1892; teaching LDS seminary; and information on his death and funeral. Includes photocopies of...
Dates: 1999

Autograph book from Brigham Young Academy

 Item — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 3911
Abstract One autograph book belonging to R.W. Rasmusen, dated 1883 to 1885.
Dates: 1883-1885

Brigham Young University roll books

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 1130
Scope and Contents The collection contains class roll books from Brigham Young University. The roll books contain attendance records and grades from courses by such professors as George H. Brimhall, Edwin S. Hinckley, and Karl G. Maeser. There are also a few roll books from high schools, and grade records from various years.
Dates: 1895-1957

Alfred Budge letter

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS SC 2346
Scope and Contents Typewritten and signed letter addressed to Joseph B. Keeler of Provo, Utah and dated 8 March 1908. Budge writes that it will be hard to state in fifty words what the former president of Brigham Young Academy, Karl G. Maeser, did for him, but he will try.
Dates: 1908 March 8

George Q. Cannon letter

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS SC 2340
Scope and Contents Typewritten letter addressed "to Presidents of Stakes, Bishops, and Stake Superintendents of Sunday Schools." The item expresses faith in the Sunday School system of the Mormon Church and states that it will help the membership earn their salvation. The letter was signed by Cannon, George Goddard, and Karl G. Maeser as members of the General Superintendency of Sunday School for the Mormon Church. The signatures were placed on the item by some form of mechanical reproducing process.
Dates: 1897

Zina Presendia Young Williams Card papers

 Collection
Identifier: MSS 1421
Overview Correspondence, autobiographical and biographical materials, patriarchal blessings, legal documents, news articles, and miscellaneous items. The materials document the life and career of Card including her affiliation with Brigham Young Academy, the Mormon Church, and various civic organizations. The items also relate to the towns of Cardston, Alberta; Logan, Utah; and Provo, Utah. Also included is correspondence with various Mormon Church leaders and that of her husband, Charles O. Card.
Dates: 1881-1930

Zina Presendia Young Williams Card papers

 Collection — Volume: 1
Identifier: UA 221
Scope and Contents This collection includes a series of normal notes from lectures given by Karl Maeser.
Dates: 1879

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints German-Austrian mission photographs and papers

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 4178
Abstract Photographs and and other papers related to the LDS German Austrian mission, 1846-1928.
Dates: 1846-1928