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Collection of chalkboards

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 5666

Scope and Contents

Contains three chalkboards with inscriptions by Karl G. Maeser from 1900. Text dates from November 9, 1900.


  • 1900 November 9


Conditions Governing Access

Condition restricted; permission to use materials must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Collection of chalkboards must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Karl G. Maeser (1828-1901) was a well-renowned educator and principal in Utah, particularly respected for his integral role in establishing the theme and focus of Brigham Young Academy.

Maeser was born in Saxony, Germany in January 1928. Maeser went to school in Germany and gained training in teaching. He worked as a teacher and private tutor in and around Germany. Karl G. Maeser married Anna Mieth in 1854. Maeser was baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1855. He left Germany in 1856 for the United States and arrived in Utah in 1860.

Karl G. Maeser was the second principal of Brigham Young Academy and served from 1876 until 1892. Under Maeser Brigham Young Academy established itself as one of the leading schools in Utah territory. Maeser placed the development of character above the development of intellect. In matters of morals and religious conduct, he saw things as black and white. He devised for Brigham Young Academy an intricate system of rules, regulations, and academic routine all designed to form habits of proper conduct.

In 1888 Maeser was made the first General Superintendent of Church Schools as part of the General Board of Education of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Maeser Published a book entitled School and Fireside in 1898 which reflected his views on education. He died in February 1901.


3 oversize boxes (11.17 linear ft.)



Custodial History

Chalkboards originally hung in the Maeser Elementary School. They were removed from the school in 2005 by LeGrand Richards and given to the library for the Education in Zion exhibit. They were transferred to the University Archives in August 2013.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred; Education in Zion; 2013.


University history (University Archives Collecting Policy, February 2010).

Processing Information

Processed; Sarah Markle; March 2014.


Register of Collection of chalkboards
Sarah Markle
2014 March 13
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