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University Relations Division director records, 1954-1966

Identifier: UA 543 Series 2

Scope and Contents

Contains correspondence, minutes, memorandums, financial records, and other materials produced by the division director. Includes information on university public relations efforts, administration, and school activities.


  • Other: 1954-1966


Conditions Governing Access

Restricted. Closed for 35 years from the date of creation of the records, and thereafter open to the public in accordance with the University Archives Policy.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances.

Permission to publish material from the University Relations Division records must be obtained from the Head of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Administrative History

The University Relations Division (1964-1999) was in charge of all public relations concerns of Brigham Young University.

In addition to public relations concerns, the University Relations Division oversaw many organizations within campus that put the university's name out into the world. In 1999 the division was placed under the advisement of the Associated Advancement Vice President, Alumni and External Relations Executive Director. Directors of University Relations Division included Lester B. Whetten (1964-1966), Stephen R. Covey (1966-1969), Heber G. Wolsey (1969-1973), Bruce L. Olsen (1973-1983), George H. Bowie (1983-1985), Ronald G. Hyde (1985-1992), and George H. Bowie (1992-1999).

University Relations Division administers the university’s relations with local and state government agencies, as well as with professional, religious, and civic organizations. It supervises all information relating to campus activities and programs. They also coordinated General Authority relations and ceremonial events, and co-chairs commencement ceremonies. Part of the University Relations Division was the Student Conduct Appeals Committee/Board, also called the University Relations Committee, from at least 1968-1970. This committee heard appeals from disciplinary action taken by the office of Student Special Services.

University Relations Division acted under the direction of a director. During Stephen R. Covey's term the position become an Assistant to the President. Covey, Heber G. Wolsey, and Ronald G. Hyde held the position as Assistant to the President.


17 boxes

Language of Materials



Arranged into nineteen series: 1. Administrative correspondence. 2. Records on American College Public Relations Association. 3. Records on university booking. 4. Relations with Church organizations. 5. Records on relations with civic organizations. 6. Records on university colleges. 7. Records on university departments and divisions. 8. Financial records. 9. General correspondence. 10. Minutes. 11. Correspondence, reports, and other material. 12. Director private correspondence. 13. Records on Program Bureau. 14. Records on public relations. 15. Records on recruiting. 16. Reports. 17. Records on staff. 18. Records on hotels. 19. Records on Y Day.

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