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Brigham Young University flags

 File — oversize: 1
Identifier: UA 5769

Scope and Contents

Two identical flag prototypes for Brigham Young University, based on a design developed by faculty member Alex Darais. The flag is composed of two horizontal stripes. The top stripe, which was originally royal blue but has now faded to purple, has five horizontal lines embroidered in gold to suggest a beehive and the words "The glory of God is intelligence" embroidered in gold around the top of the beehive. The bottom stripe, which is white, has block letters "BYU" embroidered in royal blue. The flags are edged on three sides with gold fringe. Materials dated approximately 1971.


  • approximately 1971


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

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Biographical History

Alexander Basil Darais was born April 4, 1918 in Venice, California. He married Norma Louise Johnson on June 13, 1945 in Salt Lake City, Utah. He earned a Bachelor of Arts from Brigham Young University (BYU) and a Master of Fine Arts from Pomona Associated College. In 1953, after having completed his master's degree, he returned to BYU as a professor of art. In approximately 1971, he was asked to design a new flag for BYU. He died August 13, 2007 in Provo, Utah.

Administrative History

Brigham Young University was established in 1903 in a renaming of Brigham Young Academy. 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- ).

Brigham Young University is owned and operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as part of the Church Educational System (CES). The university is governed by a Board of Trustees, which, since 1939, has consisted of the First Presidency of the Church as well as other General Authorities or general officers of the Church appointed by the First Presidency. The Board of Trustees provides general direction and oversees the formulation of broad policies as well as the approval of all executive leadership and faculty appointments at the university. 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. The President serves as the chief executive officer and general manager of the University. Since 1996, the President of the university has also been a General Authority of the Church.

Brigham Young University has grown from a small academy to one of the world's largest private universities. Sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, BYU offers a unique educational environment that promotes learning by study and also by faith.


1 oversize box (0.5 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Materials were donated to the repository by BYU Publications and Graphics in 2020.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; BYU Publications and Graphics; 2020.


Administration (University Archives Collection Development Policy, V. b. ii. 2. a, October 2015).


Dimensions of flags: 89 x 119 cm, with fringe 117 x 128 cm.

Processing Information

Processed; Anne Ashton; 2021.

Register of Brigham Young University flags
In Progress
Anne Ashton
2021 November 18
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Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

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

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo UT 84602 US