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George S. Tate papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 8079

Scope and Contents

Collection contains materials produced or collected by Tate during his work as a university faculty member and administration. This includes minutes, memos, reports, and planning agendas from the Department of Humanities, Classics, and Comparative Literature from between 1974 and 2012. The collection also includes articles published by Tate, and materials from his service in Undergraduate Education.


  • 1974-2012


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 publish material from the George S. Tate papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

George S. Tate (born 1944) is a professor and university administrator in Utah.

George S. Tate was born September 7, 1944 in Santa Monica, California. He grew up in Dayton, Ohio, Salt Lake City and Provo Utah. He graduated from Provo High School in 1962. He served as a full time proselyting missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in West Germany from February 1964 to August 1966.

He graduated from Brigham Young University with his Bachelor of Arts in English and German in 1969 and his Masters in Comparitive Literature in 1970. He graduated with his PhD in Medieval Studies from Cornell University in 1974. While at Cornell University he taught English from 1973-1974. He worked as a faculty member at Brigham Young University from 1974 to the present. He served as chair of Humanities, Classics, and Comparative Literature from 1981-1985, the associte dean of General Education & Honors from 1986-1990 and as dean of Undergraduate Education from 2000-2005.

At Brigham Young University he taught courses of Comparative Literature, Honors Literature and Scandinavian literature. He has published on multiple topics including Scandanavian literature and critique, Mormon doctrine and history, and literary development and evolution of the Classical works. He is a member of Medieval Academy of America and the society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Studies and has received multiple awards including the Karl G. Maeser Excellence in Teaching Award 2008-2009.

He married Julie Ann Walton on July 19, 1969 and had two children: Bronwen Ellen and Megan Christina. Following Julie's death on July 11, 1987, George married Karen Elaine Harris Bradshaw on December 30, 1988. In addition to her three children from a previous marriage, Karen and George had a son, Andrew Christian Tate. As of August 2012, the Tates have 18 grandchildren from their five married children.


2 cartons (2 linear ft.)




Collection was left in its original order.


Arranged into six series: 1. George S. Tate papers History of Civilization development, 1986-1988. 2. George S. Tate papers Department of Humanities, Classics, and Comparative Literature meeting minutes, 1974-1986. 3. , 1982-1990. 4. George S. Tate papers Humanities Self Study, 1985-1986. 5. George S. Tate papers Presentations, 1981-2005. 6. George S. Tate papers Dean of Undergraduate Education, 1987-2012.

Custodial History

Collection was donated by George S. Tate in June 2012.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; George S. Tate; June 2012.


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

Processing Information

Processed; Joshua Barton; August 2012.


Register of George S. Tate papers
Joshua Barton
2012 August 17
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