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Department of Recreation records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 563

Scope and Contents

The entire collection relates to the annual Timpanogos hike which the Recreation Department has cosponsored with the Provo Chamber of Commerce, U.S. Forest Service, and also other agencies since 1922. The papers span years 1912-1977. Included are minutes, correspondence, reports, newspaper clippings, and various mementoes. Files for 1913-1931, 1923, and 1925-1929 were lost or destroyed.


  • 1912-1972


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 Department of Recreation records must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

In 1921, the Department of Social and Recreational Leadership, under the direction of Eugene L. Roberts, marked the beginning of recreation leadership courses at BYU. In September of 1954, the Recreation Department was officially established. Israel C. Heaton became the chairman of the department in 1956 and in 1964, the name of the department was changed to recreation Education.


5 boxes (2.5 linear ft.)




Includes correspondence, policy statements, brochures, attendance records, building plans, enrollment statistics, Immigration and Naturalization Services information, examinations, surveys, financial records, histories, and miscellaneous materials. Also includes information concerning BYU High School and the Elementary Training School.


The collection is divided into two series: 1. Dept. of Recreation: Timpanogos hike files and 2. Dept. of Recreation: miscellaneous Timpanogos hike mementoes.

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

The records were collected or generated by Israel C. Heaton, chairman of the Recreation Department, who was asked to serve as chairman of the Timp Hike by President Ernest L. Wilkinson.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Israel C. Heaton.


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

Related Materials

See also Laboratory School records (UA 564) and for other Recreation Department Records (UA 544).

Separated Materials

All photographs related to the Timp Hike were transferred to UA Photo Archives Single Print File, Lantern slides of a Timpanogos hike (MSS P 676).

Processing Information

Processed; Terrel Dene Hale; 2004.
Register of Department of Recreation records
Terrel Dene Hale
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