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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 89 Collections and/or Records:

History of Brigham Young University

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: UA 483

Honorary memberships for Brigham Young University presidents

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: UA 1185
Scope and Contents Certificates of honorary membership in the Sons of Utah Pioneers for all Brigham Young University presidents from Warren Dusenberry through Cecil O. Samuelson.
Dates: 2005

F. Timothy Hoyt papers

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: UA 289
Scope and Contents Contains a typewritten research paper (36 pages) concerning the Brigham Young Academy Domestic Department written for a history seminar taught by Eugene Campbell.
Dates: 1972 August

J. Marinus Jensen collection on Brigham Young University

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: UA 104
Overview This collection includes original manuscripts consisting of Brigham Young Academy student registers, addresses by Karl G. Maeser, life sketches, and histories of departments, clubs and organizations used in the preparation of History of Brigham Young University, compiled and written by J. Marinus Jensen et al. (Provo, Utah: Brigham Young University. [1945]).
Dates: 1875-1942

Elisha Jones papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS SC 2870
Scope and Contents Includes diary, notebook, and lecture report. Diary begins with ten-page reminiscence, 1858. Sporadic diary entries are dated 1858-1879. Notes, some dating as late as 1885 (after Elisha's death), interspersed throughout volume. Volume also includes two pages of minutes to a high priest's quorum meeting, 23 October 1860, presumably held in Sanpete County; and several pages listing family names. Notebook, without covers, contains financial entries dated about 1872-1880. Last item is a...
Dates: 1858-1880

Karl G. Maeser : a biography / by his son Reinhard Maeser

 Collection — Volume: 1
Identifier: UA 157
Scope and Contents A biography about Karl G. Maeser (184 pages) written by his son Reinhard Maeser.
Dates: Publication: 1928

Karl G. Maeser letter to Orson F. Whitney, 1896

 File — Box: 4, Folder: 12
Identifier: MSS 15 Series 3
Scope and Contents Materials include an original letter written by Karl G. Maeser to Orson F. Whitney thanking him for his letter of condolence when Maeser's wife died. Dated September 4, 1896.
Dates: 1896

Karl G. Maeser letters to Reinhard Maeser, 1868 May-September

 File — Box: 3, Folder: 12
Identifier: MSS 8232
Scope and Contents Includes scans of two letters written by Karl G. Maeser to his son, Reinhard. Materials date from between May 24, 1868 and September 18, 1868.
Dates: 1868 May-September

Karl G. Maeser personal correspondence, 1861-1900

 Series
Identifier: UA 1094 Series 3
Scope and Contents Contains correspondence related to the personal life and projects of Maeser, along with correspondence related to his family. Included are Maeser's correspondence with Brigham Young about the issue of plural marriage and the state of his family. Dates range from 1861 to 1900.
Dates: 1861-1900

Karl G. Maeser photograph, between 1876 and 1901

 Item — oversize-folder: 2
Identifier: MSS 8232
Scope and Contents Contains a photograph of Karl G. Maeser. Photograph is dated approximately 1876-1901.
Dates: between 1876 and 1901