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Chris DeSantis collection on the Translation Sciences Institute

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 8729

Content Description

Contains bound manuals, articles, and related materials produced by the Translation Sciences Institute. Includes information on Junction Grammar and automation of language translation. Materials date from between 1975 and 1979.


  • 1975-1979


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Chris DeSantis collection on the Translation Sciences Institute must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical / Historical

Chris DeSantis (born 1951) is a software engineer in Utah.

Chris DeSantis was born in 1951. He attended Brigham Young University and graduated in linguistics in 1980. He then worked as a software engineer. DeSantis is now involved in Education Management, event planning, and coaching.

DeSantis currently resides in Payson, Utah.

Biographical / Historical

The Translation Sciences Institute (1976-1980) at Brigham Young University functioned to provide machine translation of texts with a minimum of human assistance.

In 1974 then-President of Brigham Young University, Dallin H. Oaks, and Dr. Eldon Lytle presented the idea of a Translation Sciences Institute to the Board of Trustees in an effort to gain funding. The Translation Department of the Church agreed to provide forty percent of the funding, and the project began in 1976. In 1977, President Wilkinson donated the money for a computer dedicated to computer translation work. Originally, the computer was designed to translate accurately and efficiently between English and five other languages: Spanish, French, German, Portugese, and Chinese. The purposes were largely extended to translations of scriptural materials and other church-related texts. Dr. Lytle (1976-1979) and Dr. Gary Carlson (1980) served as directors of the project until funding was withdrawn in 1980.


2 boxes (1 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Donated by Chris DeSantis in 2015.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Chris DeSantis; 2015.


Departmental records (University Archives collecting policy, Feb 2010).

Processing Information

Processed; Clarissa McIntire; 2015.

Register of Chris DeSantis collection on the Translation Sciences Institute
Clarissa McIntire
2015 April 23
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States