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Heber J. Grant Oratorical Contest speeches

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: UA 5313

Scope and Contents

Collection contains printed speeches of winners of Heber J. Grant Oratorical Contest from 1953 to 1965. It also contains a complete list of winners from 1950 to 1975, a partial list of winners between 1919 and 1946, and clippings with information about the contest.


  • 1919-1975


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 Heber J. Grant Oratorical Contest speeches must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Administrative History

The Heber J. Grant Oratorical Contest (est. 1921) was an public speaking competition at Brigham Young University.

In the fall of 1920, T. Earl Pardoe received permission from President Heber J. Grant to hold an annual oratorical contest to encourage excellent student speaking on religious subjects. Near, or on, November 22, President Grant's birthday, BYU students addressed themselves to an assigned topic. About fifty students usually participated. From this number, three finalists were invited to speak at the Heber J. Grant Oratorical Devotional Assembly. Until 1970, one of the three finalists was selected by appointed judges as the winning speaker and was presented with a copy of a combination Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and Pearl of Great Price by a daughter or grandchild of the late Church President. Beginning in 1971, all three finalists were given the award.


1 folder (0.1 linear ft.)




Retained in original order.

Custodial History

Transferred from Records Management.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Found; August 2007.


Part of University Archives; college records (University Archives collecting policy February 2010).

Processing Information

Processed; Kayla Quinney; May 2010.


Register of Heber J. Grant Oratorical Contest speeches
Kayla Quinney
2010 May 7
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