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Unified Church School System reports

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: UA 502

Scope and Contents

Contains reports concerning Brigham Young University, Institutes of Religion, Seminaries, Ricks College, LDS Business School, Juarez School, McCune School, and schools in Mexico in the Unified Church School System.


  • 1951-1961


Conditions Governing Access

Restricted. Closed for 70 years from the end date of the administration, 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 Unified Church School System (1953-1970) was an educational unit in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The Unified Church School System was established in 1953, and brought together the various educational institutions and programs in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The system included primary and secondary educational institutions operated by the Church, as well as the seminaries and institutes of religion. The system was initially administered by a Chancellor of Church Education, and operated under the direction of the Board of Education of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In 1965 the system was reorganized into two units: Brigham Young University (consisting only of the university itself), and the Church Schools.

The Chancellor of Church Education was Ernest L. Wilkinson (1953-1965), followed by Harvey L. Taylor as Administrator.

Biographical History

Ernest L. Wilkinson (1899-1978) was a prominent Mormon lawyer and academic administrator. He served as president of Brigham Young University from 1951-1971.

Ernest Leroy Wilkinson was born in Ogden, Utah, on May 4, 1899. He grew up in the outskirts of the city, one of seven children. Ernest enrolled in Weber Academy, and he was characterized by his hardworking nature. He served in the Student Army Training Corps in 1918. He then attended Brigham Young University, where he was very active in student activities and politics. He married Alice Valera Ludlow on August 15, 1923. He attended George Washington University and graduated summa cum laude in 1926. In 1935, he served as a lawyer for the Ute Indian tribes as they successfully gained compensation for land.

Upon being named president of BYU in 1951, Wilkinson proceeded to aggressively expand the university. Under his presidency, BYU grew to the largest private university in the United States. The intellectual standards of BYU also increased dramatically. Even as he contributed to drastic growth in the university, he never accepted a salary. He was replaced by Dallin H. Oaks in 1971. Wilkinson passed away April 6, 1978.


1 folder (0.4 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



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

Register of Unfied Church School System reports
Rose Frank
2011 July 21
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

  • 2016 December 21: Updated with item descriptions, genre/form terms; Cory Nimer.

Repository Details

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

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo UT 84602 US