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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:

Karl Gottfried Maeser, approximately 1872-1955

 File — Box: 1, Folder: 2-4
Identifier: UA 946 File 2

Mieth P. Maeser papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSS 9410
Scope and Contents Contains photographs of the Mieth Maeser family, many of which are taken in the New England area, yearbooks from Brigham Young University and Murdock Academy, and a biography of Karl G. Maeser written by Mabel Maeser Tanner. Dated 1918 to 1982.
Dates: 1918-1982

Emil Maeser papers

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: UA 236
Scope and Contents Notebook containing various essays, reports, and schedules. Materials date from between 1886 and 1892.
Dates: 1886-1892

Karl B. Maeser Lecture recording

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA OH 55
Scope and Contents Lecture by Dr. Douglas F. Tobler concerning Karl G. Maeser as a man and educator at Brigham Young Academy.
Dates: 1980

Karl G. Maeser and Joseph Young letters

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 3931
Abstract Five letters, written primarily by Joseph Young and Karl G. Maeser, dated 1853-1889.
Dates: 1853-1889

Karl G. Maeser correspondence

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 1094
Scope and Contents Contains photocopies, microfilm, and a few original documents of correspondence to and from Karl G. Maeser. Materials cover Maeser's personal life, time as principal of Brigham Young Academy, and time as superintendent of the General Church Board of Education. The correspondence is addressed to many individuals all over the Intermountain West and Mexico concerning education including several presidents of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and their counselors. The materials date...
Dates: 1861-1901

Karl G. Maeser letter

 Item — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 3930
Abstract A letter from Karl G. Maeser to Elder Edward Collard, 1859.
Dates: 1859

Karl G. Maeser letter to John D. Williams

 File — Folder: 1
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

Karl G. Maeser memorial medallions

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: UA 5563
Scope and Contents Contains two clay and gold medallions made to commemorate the centennial of Maeser's birth in 1828.
Dates: 1928

My grandfather Karl G. Maeser

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS SC 2905
Scope and Contents Stories about Karl G. Maeser and Anna Meith Maeser as remembered by their granddaughter.
Dates: 1968