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Motion Picture Studio audio-visual materials

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 940

Scope and Contents

Contains audio-visual materials produced by the Motion Picture Studio. Includes materials concerning recruiting, library research, academic colleges and departments, business, KBYU and the press, Brigham Young University administration, history, and social and student life. The collection also includes master tapes, production records, song directories and use-copy DVDs for the collection, from 1971 to 1999.

Dates

  • 1960-1999

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Restricted. Closed for 50 years from the date of creation of the records, and thereafter open to the public in accordance with the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Restriction Policy. Requests to access restricted materials in the University Archives should be submitted to the University Archivist.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Motion Picture Studio audio-visual materials must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Administrative History

The Motion Picture Studio (1953-1990) was a support unit at Brigham Young University. It produced documentary, historical, and training films for use of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and in schools.

Within the Motion Picture Production was the Film Development Advisory Committee. That committee's functions were to review and select subjects for motion pictures, to review motion picture proposals to consider whether they should be approved for production, to review motion picture scripts and make recommendations for changes if necessary, to review marketing studies made on proposed motion pictures, to review budgets for proposed motion pictures, and to evaluate the overall marketing and advertising programs for educational motion pictures.

Originally the Motion Picture Studio reported directly to the president of the university. In 1959, the director of the Motion Picture Studio began reporting to the director of Auxiliary Services. In 1960, Auxiliary Services became the Vice-President of Auxiliary Services. The director of the Motion Picture Studio reported to this Vice-President until 1965 when the Division of Communications was created. Thereafter the director reported to the director of Communication Services, the Instructional Services Division, and the Division of Instructional Production Services.

In 1991 the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints moved the studio from Brigham Young University supervision to the Church. Directors of the Motion Picture Studio included Wetzel O. Whitaker (1953-1974), Jesse E. Stay (1974-1983), and Peter N. Johnson (1983-1990).

Extent

84 cartons (84 linear ft.)

8 oversize boxes (4 linear ft.)

Language

English

Arrangement

Arranged in eight series: 1. Brigham Young University recruiting audio-visual materials, 1976-1995. 2. Brigham Young University library research audio-visual materials, 1993-1999. 3. Brigham Young University college and department audio-visual materials, 1971-1995. 4. Brigham Young University audio-visual materials concerning business, 1980-1995. 5. KBYU and Press audio-visual materials, 1973-1988. 6. Brigham Young University audio-visual materials concerning administration, history, and social and student life, 1979-1986. 7. Motion Picture Studio master tapes, production records, and song directories, 1960-1994. 8. Motion Picture Studio use-copy DVDs, 1971-1999.

Other Finding Aids

Carton-level finding aid available in the repository.

Custodial History

Found in the University Archives stacks in October 2008.

Transferred from Records Management in October 2008.

Transferred from the Church Historical Department in August 2014.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Found; University Archives stacks; October 2008.

Transferred; Records Management; October 2008.

Transferred; Church Historical Department; August 2014.

Appraisal

University records (University Archives Collecting Policy, February 2010).

Processing Information

Processed; Elizabeth West; November 2008.

Processed; Hannah Waddel; August 2014.
Title
Register of Motion Picture Studio audio-visual materials
Status
In Progress
Author
Elizabeth West
Date
November 2008
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

Contact:
1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States