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J. Roman Andrus papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 8961

Scope and Contents

Contains material pertaining to the career of James Roman Andrus as an art professor at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. His personal papers include correspondence, family photographic color slides, standard audio cassettes, and magnetic tape recordings. His professional papers include his lecture notes and recordings, lithography notes, exhibit programs, personal notes and journals, small sketches, clippings, and color photographic slides (2 in x 2 in) of many of his paintings. Dated 1942-1993.


  • approximately 1942-1993


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 J. Roman Andrus papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.

Biographical History

J. Roman Andrus (1907-1993) was a faculty member of the art department at Brigham Young University from 1940 to 1974.

James Roman Andrus was born in St. George, Utah on July 11, 1907, to Alexander Burto Andrus and Rozilla Brooks Andrus. He had three siblings, two brothers and one sister, and spent his childhood in Southern Utah, where he was able to observe and appreciate Utah's naturally breathtaking landscape. In 1933, he was married to Irva Pratt, with whom he had five children.

Andrus earned his bachelor's degree in 1942 and his master's degree in 1943 from Brigham Young University. He went on to study at the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles and received his doctoral degree at the University of Colorado in 1958. He worked as an arts professor at BYU from 1958 to 1972.

An accomplished painter, Andrus was best known for his landscape pieces, though he also painted portraits. Andrus was a recipient of the Utah State Institute of Fine Arts Purchase Prize in 1945 and 1950, and was named professor emeritus at BYU in 1974. He passed away on June 23, 1993, at his home in Provo, Utah.


6 cartons (6 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Donated by Roman Andrus, son of James Roman Andrus, in 2016 and 2017.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Roman Andrus; 2016.

Donated; Roman Andrus; 2017.


Professional Papers Program, Faculty member who focused on the West and Mormons in his art (Professional Papers Program Collection Development Policy, V.b.v.3).

Physical Description

Many of the papers are brittle and show insect damage. Tapes and slides in good condition. Tapes are mono and stereo recordings. Slides are sized 2 in x 2 in. Slides mounted on cardboard or glass enclosure with metal casing.

Processing Information

Basic Processing; Itza Mostert, student manuscript processor; 2017.

Revision to title; Alex Turner, student manuscript processor; August 2017.

  • Box of 144 Photographic Art slides
  • "Hymns of Joy" By Lorin F. Wheelwright, Audio Cassette
  • "RC Willey Home Furnishings Christmas" Audio Cassette
Register of J. Roman Andrus papers
Itza Mostert
2017 May 30
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
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