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Department of Anthropology records

Identifier: UA 675

Scope and Contents

Contains administrative records from Brigham Young University’s Department of Anthropology including correspondence of the department, correspondence of the department chairman, faculty records, student records and various other administrative records pertaining to the department from 1941-1978. Also contains twenty-one reels of film of excavations from Ray T. Matheny, of the Department of Anthropology, from approximately 1980-1990, including work in Mexico.


  • approximately 1941-1990


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 Reference Services at

Administrative History

The Department of Archaeology and Anthropology (1965-1980) was an administrative unit at Brigham Young University.

The Department of Archaeology and Anthropology was created in 1965 when the Department of Sociology and Anthropology split and the anthropology program merged with the Department of Archaeology. The department taught students the fundamentals of anthropology, focusing on living human societies and their particularities, and archaeology, concentrated on understanding previous civilizations based on their material artifacts. Department chairs were Ross T. Christensen (1965-1968), Merlin G. Myers (1968-1979), and John L. Sorenson (1979-1980). In 1980 it was renamed to the Department of Anthropology.

Administrative History

The Department of Anthropology (1980-) is an administrative unit at Brigham Young University.

The Department of Anthropology came around as a reorganization of the Department of Anthropology and Archaeology in 1980 as part of the College of Social Sciences. In 1981 the college changed to the College of Family, Home, and Social Sciences. It provides instruction in social and cultural anthropology, linguistic, biological, and psychological anthropology. Department chairs have been John L. Sorenson (1980-1987), Donald W. Forsyth (1987-1993), John P. Hawkins (1993-1999), Joel C. Janetski (1999-2006), David P. Crandall (2006-2010), Charles W. Nuckolls (2010-2016), and James R. Allison (2016- ).

Administrative History

The Department of Archaeology (1947-1965) was an administrative unit at Brigham Young University.

The Department of Archaeology was organized in 1946 and in under the auspices of M. Wells Jakeman in the College of Arts and Sciences. It was transferred to the College of Humanities and Social Sciences in 1954. The Department of Archaeology served to prepare students with knowledge of Old World archaeology and ancient history, American archaeology and anthropology, and skills in research and writing in those areas. The department chairs were M. Wells Jakeman (1947-1960) and Ross T. Christensen (1960-1965).


8 boxes (4 linear ft.)

1 carton (1 linear ft.)

4 oversize boxes (1 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Arranged in four series: 1. Department of Anthropology and Archaeology administrative records, 1941-1978. 2. Department of Anthropology and Archaeology correspondence, 1947-1978. 3. Department of Anthropology and Archaeology chair records, 1957-1976. 4. Department of Anthropology films, 1980-1990.

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

Transferred from the Department of Anthropology.

Transferred from the Museum of Peoples and Cultures on May 16, 2017.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred; Department of Anthropology.

Transferred; Museum of Peoples and Cultures; May 16, 2017.


Faculty (University Archives Collection Development Policy, V.b.v.2.b., 2015).

Processing Information

Processed; Joel Mathews; 2002.

Processing Information

Processed; Giselle McIntire, student manuscript processor, and Cory Nimer, curator; 2017.

Register of the Department of Anthropology records
Joel Mathews
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

Revision Statements

  • 2017: Added Series 4; Giselle McIntire.
  • 2018 March 30: Updated for DACS compliance; Hayley Gorham.

Repository Details

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

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo UT 84602 US