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Office of the President records, 1939-1978

Identifier: UA 1000 Series 2

Scope and Contents

Contains various Office of the President files, records, and correspondence. Includes notes and records on administrative standards as well as meeting minutes from the Administrative Council and the Board of Trustees. Dated 1939-1978.


  • 1939-1978


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research, with noted exceptions.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Administrative History

The Brigham Young University President (est. 1903) is the chief executive officer and general manager of the University.

Brigham Young University has had a president since Brigham Young Academy was changed to Brigham Young University in 1903. While the school was still called Brigham Young Academy the head officer was titled principal.

The Board of Trustees delegates to the University President the responsibility to conduct the operations of the institution and administer the policies enacted by the board. Since 1996, the President of the university has also been a General Authority of the Church.

Past and present Brigham Young University presidents include George H. Brimhall (1903-1921), Franklin S. Harris (1921-1945), Howard S. McDonald (1945-1949), (acting president) Christian Jensen (1949-1951), Ernest L. Wilkinson (1951-1971), Dallin H. Oaks (1971-1980), Jeffrey R. Holland (1980-1989), Rex E. Lee (1989-1995), Merrill J. Bateman (1996-2003), Cecil O. Samuelson (2003-2014), and Kevin J. Worthen (2014- ).


45 boxes

Language of Materials



Arranged in thirteen subseries: 1. Office of the President collection of university publications, 1939-1969. 2. Board of Trustees meeting minutes, 1954-1970. 3. Administrative Council meeting minutes, 1967-1971. 4. General Church Board of Education minutes, 1954-1971. 5. Office of the President reports, 1950-1970. 6. Office of the President records on the J. Reuben Clark Law School, 1971-1978; 7. Office of the President subject files, 1955-1977; 8. Ernest L. Wilkinson post-presidential papers, 1973-1978; 9. Ernest L. Wilkinson correspondence on Brigham Young University, 1976-1977; 10. Ernest L. Wilkinson biographical sketches, 1954-1978; 11. Office of the President records on administrative standards, 1954-1978; 12. Ernest L. Wilkinson miscellaneous material to be filed, 1950-1975; and 13. Ernest L. Wilkinson correspondence from Washington D.C., 1949-1952.

Other Finding Aids

While this finding aid gives only a series-level description of the collection, a more detailed copy is available in print in the repository.

Other Finding Aids

File-level inventory available online.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections. University Archives Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo UT 84602 US