Rex E. Lee papers
Scope and Contents
Contains letters, briefs, clippings, photographs, awards, and other material documenting the life and career of Rex E. Lee. Includes materials from his work with the Jennings, Strouss, & Salmon law firm, the establishment of Brigham Young University's J. Reuben Clark School of Law, Lee's service as assistant United States Attorney General, his service as United States Solicitor General, and his tenure as president of Brigham Young University. Materials date from between 1910 and 1996.
- Lee, Rex E., 1935-1996 (creator, Person)
Conditions Governing Access
Donor 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 use material from this collection must be obtained from Reference Services at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rex E. Lee (1935-1996) served as solicitor general of the United States and as President of Brigham Young University.
Rex E. Lee was born in 1935 and grew up in St. John's, Arizona. He served a mission in Mexico from 1955 to 1958, then married Janet Griffin. He received a BA from Brigham Young University in 1960 and a JD from the University of Chicago in 1963. He held five honorary doctorate of law degrees. In 1963, he served as a law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Byron R. White. From 1981 to 1985, he served as solicitor general of the United States, after which he worked for the firm Sidley & Austin.
In 1989, he was named as President of Brigham Young University. During his tenure, he enacted policies that regularized procedures, contributed to timely graduation, and organized massive fundraising and construction. His long-term planning has affected university issues into the 21st century.
At the end of 1995, he stepped down as President due to health reasons. He passed away March 11, 1996.
174 boxes (87 linear ft.)
8 oversize boxes (4 linear ft.)
4 cartons (4 linear ft.)
Language of Materials
Arranged in eight series: 1. Rex E. Lee reference files, 1978-1989. 2. Rex E. Lee papers on Jennings, Strouss, & Salmon, PLC, 1967-1995. 3. Rex E. Lee papers on J. Reuben Clark Law School, 1972-1978. 4. Rex E. Lee papers on Attorney-General, 1975-1976. 5. Rex E. Lee papers on Solicitor General, 1973-1986. 6. Rex E. Lee papers on Office of the President, 1910-1996. 7. Rex E. Lee awards, commendations, and plaques, 1963-1996. 8. Rex E. Lee memorabilia, 1981-1983.
The majority of the records were in a useable state and their original order was maintained.
Other Finding Aids
File-level inventory available online. https://net.lib.byu.edu/inventories/UPB_MSS2017.pdf
The Rex E. Lee personal papers were donated to the Brigham Young University Archives by Rex and Janet Lee in several accessions between 1985 and 1997.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated; Rex and Janet Lee; 1985-1997.
Faculty (University Archives collecting policy, July 2003).
Processed; J. Gordon Daines III; 2003.
- Brigham Young University
- Case studies
- Civil Procedure and Courts
- Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.)
- J. Reuben Clark Law School
- Lee, Rex E., 1935-1996 -- Archives
- Legal briefs
- Plaques, plaquettes
- Politics, Government, and Law
- United States. Solicitor General
- Utah. Attorney General's Office
- Utah. Supreme Court
- Register of the Rex E. Lee papers
- J. Gordon Daines III, University Archivist
- 2003 January
- 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.
- Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008