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Carl S. Hawkins collection on J. Reuben Clark Law School history

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2185

Scope and Contents

Information compiled by Carl S. Hawkins in preparing his book, "The Founding of the J. Reuben Clark Law School," published in 1999. Includes memoranda, letters, speeches, news articles, and brief history essays. Also includes a videocassette of the Hawkins and Parker retirement dinner and an audiocassette.


  • 1974-1998


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 use material from this collection must be obtained from Reference Services at

Biographical History

Carl Stolworthy Hawkins was born on April 3, 1926 to Willard Davis Hawkins and Wilma Stolworthy. He grew up in Provo and attended Provo High School. After high school, he served as a radio operator in the Army Air Corps. He married Nelma Jean Jones on September 11, 1946. Carl attended Brigham Young Univeristy and earned a Bachelor's degree in political sience, then went on to receive an L.L.B. from Northwestern University in 1951. He worked as a Teaching Fellow in the University of Chicago Law School, a law associate for the law firm Wilkinson, Boyden, & Cragun, a law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Fred Vinson, and a professor of the University of Michigan Law School, where he authored many books and participated in legislation. In 1973, Carl accepted a job at BYU, where he became one of the founding professors of the J. Reuben Clark Law School, where he later served as dean. In addition to his professional life, Carl served in many church positions. He and Nelma had five children. He died on April 25, 2010.


3 boxes (1.5 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Jack Welch, BYU Law School, handed the material to LeGrande Fletcher, a librarian in the Howard W. Hunter Law Library. Fletcher passed it to Brian Reeves, University Archivist, on September 15, 1999. Late in 1999 and in early 2000, Fletcher sent additional items that he felt should be included in the collection. Another addition to the collection was received from Carl Hawkins in 2003.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; LeGrande Fletcher; 1999.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Carl Hawkins; 2003.


University history (University Archives collecting policy, February 2010).

Separated Materials

Two copies of Carl S. Hawkins, The Founding of the J. Reuben Clark Law School (Provo, Utah: BYU Studies, 1999), were removed from this collection and passed to the published works section of Special Collections.

Processing Information

Processed; Brian D. Reeves (University Archivist) and Joshua A. Howard (Student Intern); April 2000.

Processing Information

Processed; J. Gordon Daines III; 2003.

Processing Information

Processed; Karen Glenn; 2022. Rehoused and consolidated.

Register of Carl S. Hawkins collection on J. Reuben Clark Law School history
Brian D. Reeves and Joshua A. Howard
2000 April
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.
Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008

Revision Statements

  • 2009 September 3: GilEADized to correct small errors. Updated to DACS and CCLA compliance by Ryan Sagers.
  • 2022 July 7: Updated custodial history, source of acquisition, and processing notes based on case file; Cory Nimer.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States