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Asian Studies Program records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 551

Scope and Contents

Includes correspondence, reports, policy statements, and other material created by the Department. Also includes records of the World Conference on Records. Most of the collection covers the period when Spencer Palmer was head of Asian Studies, 1968 through 1975. It does however include budget records from 1961-1975.


  • 1961-1975


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 Reference Services at

Administrative History

The bulk of material was created under the leadership of Spencer Palmer.

The department of Asian Studies in the College of Social Sciences was organized in the fall of 1962 under Paul Hyer. Its purpose was to give students a foundation for careers and advanced work in the Far East. In 1968 Spencer Palmer became department head; he was a Professor of Religion and History specializing in Korean Studies and Christianity in Asia. For the next seven years Palmer served as head until being replaced in 1975 by Russell Horiuchi, professor of Geography at BYU.


6 boxes (3 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Arranged in sixteen series: 1. Asian Studies Department policy statements, 1961-1976; 2. Asian Studies Department correspondence, 1971-1976; 3. Asian Studies Department housekeeping records, 1970-1977; 4. Asian Studies Department World Conference on Records, 1968-1972; 5. Asian Studies Department LDS Asian Scholars directory, 1968-1972; 6. Asian Studies Department lecture series files, 1973-1974; 7. Asian Studies Department conference files, 1971-1974; 8. Asian Studies Department faculty records, 1968-1975; 9. Asian Studies Department official organizations files, 1968-1974; 10. Asian Studies Department miscellany, 1969-1976; 11. Asian Studies Department job opportunity files, 1972-1975; 12. Asian Studies Department campus clubs files, 1968-1976; 13. Asian Studies Department publications, 1970-1975; 14. Asian Studies Department photographs, undated; 15. Asian Studies Department miscellaneous, circa 1975-1976; and 16. Asian Studies Department International Relations Program files, 1967-1975.

Other Finding Aids

A more detailed finding aid is available in print in the repository.

Other Finding Aids

File-level inventory available online.

Custodial History

These papers are the records of the Asian Studies and the International Relations department which both were a part of the World Affairs Center at BYU. The papers were received by the University Archives May 4, 1977.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; World Affairs Center; May 1977.


Departmental records (University Archives collecting policy, July 2003).

Processing Information

Processed; University Archives; 1978.

Register of the Asian Studies Program records
University Archives
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

Repository Details

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

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo UT 84602 US