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Robert J. Smith papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 690

Scope and Contents

Contains correspondence and other materials by Smith during his tenure as a university administration. Materials date from between 1975 and 1984, with most of the materials from between 1978 to 1979, or 1982 to 1983.


  • 1968-1988


Conditions Governing Access

Restricted. Closed for 100 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 Robert J. Smith papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Robert J. Smith earned a in Business Administration and Accounting from BYU in 1948. The following year he earned an MBA from Northwestern. Upon graduation, he joined the BYU faculty as a member of the Accounting Department. Smith served as Department Chair of Accounting from 1951 until 1955, when he left for Indiana University to pursue a DBA degree. Returning to BYU, he was again appointed Chair of Accounting from 1958 to 1962. From 1963-1964, Smith served as acting Dean. When the School of Business became the Marriott School of Management, Smith continued to teach on the graduate faculty in the Institute of Accountancy. From 1968 through 1988, Smith served as a University Vice-President in the following capacities: 1968-1972 Assistant Academic Vice-President 1971-1978 Associate Academic Vice-President 1978-1983 Financial Vice-President 1984-1988 Jerusalem Center Comptroller.


35 boxes (17.5 linear ft.)




Arranged in 13 series: 1. Robert J. Smith correspondence, 1972-1983; 2. Robert J. Smith chronological correspondence, 1978-1983; 3. Robert J. Smith meeting files, 1973-1984; 4. Robert J. Smith administrative council files, 1972-1982; 5. Robert J. Smith academic college files, 1970-1983; 6. Robert J. Smith academic support files, 1965,1974-1983; 7. Robert J. Smith University Support Services files, 1969-1983; 8. Robert J. Smith committee files, 1972-1983; 9. Robert J. Smith conference files, 1981-1983; 10. Robert J. Smith institute and professional organization files, 1974-1975,1980-1982; 11. Robert J. Smith endowment, trust and property files, 1963-1982; 12. Robert J. Smith miscellaneous files, 1970-1983; and 13. Robert J. Smith Church appendages files, 1975-1983.

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

Donated by Robert J. Smith

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Robert J. Smith.


Office files (University Archives collecting policy, July 2003).

Processing Information

Processed; 2002.
Register of the Robert J. Smith papers
Brigham Young University Harold B. Lee Library Special Collections Department
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