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Wilkinson Center and Student Activities records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 460

Scope and Contents

"Student Organizations Coordinator, 1946-1966" Series: The files of the Student Organizations Coordinator comprised of 29 boxes or ten linear feet of material, are records created or collected by the office of C. Lavar Rockwood, 1962-1966, who served as the last student organizations coordinator. The records extend from 1946-1966. Prior coordinators have been Paul Felt, 1957-1962; Henry L. Isaksen, 1953-1957; Royden Braithwaite, 1952-1953; Harold Glen Clark, 1951-1952; Ellvert H. Himes, 1949-1951; John F. Jones, 1947-1949; Thomas Broadbent, 1946-1947.

The coordinator was responsible to the Dean of Students. He served as a faculty and administrative representative to the various student government councils. His primary functions were: 1) Counsel officers and members of student organizations about development and leadership of their programs. 2) Advise student groups on University policies and regulations governing student affairs. 3) Supervise registration of student groups and their functions as required by established University procedures. 4) Coordinate Student Government, advise correct procedure for conducting elections, organization of committees, etc. 5) Approve and generally supervise all social affairs on and off campus. (Time, place, conduct, chaperones, etc.) 6) Register all student activities elsewhere on or off campus. (Mass meetings, rallies, parades, sales, forums, etc.) 7) Counsel with the Wilkinson Center Directorate on the program for students, provide a roster of eligible students for Union Committee positions, recommend and assist in selecting student leaders for the Union Board, and assist the Directorate in recommending policy and procedure for approval by the policy committee.

It should be noted that many of the records in the Rockwood files are records of the student government officers, committees and social and service organizations.

"ASBYU Student Activities and Government" Series: Records contained in U.A. 460b are those records created by ASBYU Student Activity and Government offices as housed in the Wilkinson Center. The records are predominately after 1960, but there are a few records dating to 1950. The register is arranged by the name of the particular office or governing body.

ASBYU student government offices have been housed in the Maeser Memorial Building, prior to 1952; Herald R. Clark Building, 1952-1964; and the Wilkinson Center, 1964 to present. For additional historical material about student body government and activities, the researcher should consult the bound volumes of student body histories, arranged by year; the student clubs and organizations files; ASBYU Printed Matter material and the BYU Centennial multi-volume history in the front section of the Archives.

"Director of Wilkinson Center and Student Activities" Series: The papers accumulated by the Director of Wilkinson Center and Student Activities date back to 1940 and extend to the present. Included in the papers are also records of the assistants to the director including program director, business director, and student advisors.

The office of director of the Wilkinson Center was created in 1960 with the appointment of Lyle S. Curtis who assisted in the planning of the building which was completed in 1964. After the termination of the student coordinator of student organizations position held by Lavar C. Rockwood, 1962-1966, Curtis also became director of student activities. In 1970, Curtis also was appointed assistant to the dean of students.

The Wilkinson Center is considered a unique operation as it involves the student government operation and the incoming producing facilities of the building. The director and his assistants guide and coordinate student government and activities and coordinate other programs and facilities of the building.


  • 1875-1975


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 Wilkinson Center and Student Activities records must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Director of the Ernest L. Wilkinson Center

The register to this collection relates to three series of records: 1. Those produced by student organizations coordinators who functioned from 1946-1966. 2. Records produced by ASBYU Student Activities and Government offices from 1950 to present. 3. Records created by the director's office of the Wilkinson Center and Student Activities, which date back to 1940. Since the major portion of each series relates to student government and activities, it was thought best to consolidate the three series into one collection but still retain each series separately within the collection and the register. A more detailed scope note follows.

Researchers may also find additional material about student activities and government by referring to the scope note for the series titled, "ASBYU Student Activities and Government," as found in this register.


81 boxes (40.5 linear ft.)




Includes the files and records of student activities, student government, and the function of the offices and businesses of the Wilkinson Center.


Arranged into three series: 1. Director of Wilkinson Center and Student Activities: student organizations coordinator files, 1931-1968; 2. Director of Wilkinson Center and Student Activities: ASBYU student activities and government files, 1875-1975; and 3. Director of Wilkinson Center and Student Activities general files, 1904-1974.

Other Finding Aids

A more detailed finding aid is available in print in the repository.

Other Finding Aids

File-level inventory available online.

Custodial History

Materials were transferred from the Director of Student Activities and The Wilkinson Center.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Director of Wilkinson Center and Student Activities.


Departmental records (University Archives collecting policy, July 2003).

Related Materials

For Student body Histories, 1911 to present and Student Clubs and Organization files containing constitutions, histories, and other data, see collections in student publications area in the front office area of the archives.

Separated Materials

Transferred to U.A. and MSS Motion Picture Film Archives

ASBYU ACTIVITY FILM, 1970, Sponsored by Culture Office

The first part of the film is in black and white with no sound. On this part is the following: 1. Pat Boone in SFH; 2. Various men speaking; 3. Royality; 4. Service projects (students)

The rest of the film is in color and has sound. Found on this part are the following:

I. Homecoming 1970: 1. View of Provo Area; 2. Songfest; 3. Dorm Decorations; 4. Concert (Dione Worwick); 5. Homecoming Royality; 6. And various other homecoming activities ie, powder puff football, live cougar, camels, tigers, and mules; 7. Frolics; 8. Homecoming parade; 9. BYU Utah State Football game (score 27 - 20). II. ROTC - 20 gun salute. III. Womens Activities: 1. free kisses; 2. shoe shines; 3. back rubs; 4. singing. IV. Football game BYU vs. U of U. V. Sadie Hawkins Dance. VI. Dress Standards. VII. Skiing. VIII. Wrestling. IX. Joseph Fielding Smith and wife with BYU students in his office. X. Oriental Program. XI. Basketball game BYU vs. U. of U. XII. Lamanite Week. XIII. Dance Teams. XIV. KBYU Radio. XV. Lettermen Concert. XVI. Indian Week. XVII. Student Relations. XVIII. Students taking tests. XIX. Polynesian Program. XX. International Royalty with Joseph Fielding Smith. XXI. Skiing. XXII. Tree Room at Sundance. XXIII. Angel Flight. XXIV. Harold B. Lee. XXV. Governor Rampton. XXVI. Voice of Trainer Eddie. XXVII. Stan Watts and teams and Basketball games. XXVIII. Voice of former player Neil Roberts. XXIX. 1971-72 winning basketball team.

Processing Information

Processed; Hollis Scott.
Register of the Wilkinson Center and Student Activities records
James Cloward
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

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States