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Multicultural Programs records

Identifier: UA 5435

Scope and Contents

Contains department scrapbooks, photographs, including slides, contact sheets and negatives, of events conducted by the department and student organizations, and copies of the periodicals Eagle's Eye and Buffalo Hide. Materials dated 1960 to 1990.


  • 1960-1990


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 use material from this collection must be obtained from the Reference Services at

Administrative History

Multicultural Programs (1985-1997) was an administrative unit at Brigham Young University.

The Multicultural Programs unit was established in 1985, in a reorganization of the earlier Multicultural Education Department. It was an advisement and support unit for multicultural students at the university, and advocated for them to other divisions. The unit was administered by Student Life under a director. In 1997, it was reorganized as Multicultural Student Services.

Directors included Max W. Swenson (1985-1989) and K. Rush Sumpter (1989-1997).

Administrative History

The Multicultural Education Department (1981-1985) was an administrative unit at Brigham Young University.

The Multicultural Education Department was established in 1981, in a merger of the earlier Indian Education Department and Minority Education, and operated as part of Nonmajor Programs in Student Life. The unit provided tutoring, counseling, financial assistance counseling, career and curriculum advisement, housing assistance, minority clubs, and personalized education to minority students. In September 1985, the unit was renamed and restructured as Multicultural Programs.

Administrative History

The Indian Education Department (1966-1981) was an academic and administrative unit at Brigham Young University.

The Indian Education Department was established in 1966 as part of the General College as a formalization of the American Indian Education Program. It was responsible for both Indian students and those students preparing to work among Indian people, and provided academic, techical, and vocational training, as well as activities and academic support for Native American and Pacific Islanders at the university. In 1979, the department was moved to Nonmajor Programs in Student Life, and was merged with Minority Education in 1981 to form the Multicultural Education Department. Department chairs included Royce P. Flandro (1966-1973), John Raymond Maestas (1974-1979), and Virgus Con Osborne (1979-1981).


14 boxes (7 linear ft.)

1 oversize folder (0.1 linear ft.)

31 folders (0.31 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Arranged into three series: 1. Multicultural Programs scrapbooks, 1971-1988. 2. Multicultural Programs photographs, 1960-1990. 3. Multicultural Programs alumni magazines, 1984-1989.

Materials retained in original order. Similar materials arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

Transferred from Records Management in installments between 2009 and 2017.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred; Records Management; January 2009.

Transferred; Records Management; January 2017.


Office files (University Archives collecting policy, July 2003).

Related Materials

See also Multicultural Education Department records (UA 1225), Multicultural Programs BYUSA records (UA 1329), and Multicultural Student Services photographs (UA 5415).

Processing Information

Processed; Matthew Leavitt; February 2009.

Processing Information

Processed; Eric Wolford; January 2017.

Processing Information

Processed; Karen Glenn and Jaymon Roan; November 2021. Materials re-housed. File-level inventory created.

  • A collection of newspapers not published by Brigham Young University--Provo published by Native American tribes in the United States and Canada.
Register of Multicultural Programs records
Matthew Leavitt
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.

Revision Statements

  • 2017 January 10: Materials rehoused and publications deaccessed, description updated; Eric Wolford.
  • 2021 November 3: Materials rehoused into document boxes, file-level inventory created; Karen Glenn and Jaymon Roan.

Repository Details

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

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo UT 84602 US