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Center for Family & Community History administrative records, 1973-1990

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 1191 Series 1

Scope and Contents

Contains administrative records, mostly created by G. Wesley Johnson, including notes, lists, clippings, reports, and other records, particularly dealing with the opening of the Center for Family & Community History and the development of the family history curriculum. Dated 1973 to 1990.


  • 1973-1990


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

Biographical / Historical

From the Collection:

The Department of Family and Local History Studies was a research and teaching institute at Brigham Young University and part of the College of Family, Home, and Social Sciences. It was formed in 1978 from the Institute of Genealogical Research in the College of Social Sciences. The department taught classes on genealogical research and prepared students to conduct family history work. In 1985, it became the Center for Family and Community History.

Biographical / Historical

From the Collection:

The Center for Family & Community History (1985-1990) was a research institute at Brigham Young University. It was responsible for coordinating genealogical academic programs, as well as conducting research and promoting family history work.

Biographical / Historical

From the Collection:

G. Wesley Johnson Jr. was born April 28, 1932, to George Wesley Johnson and Matilda Zoe Hansen, in Mesa, Arizona. Wesley attended Brigham Young University and Harvard University, then went on to receive a PhD in history at Columbia University, where he edited, co-edited, or co-authored books and essays on twentieth-century African political history. Wesley began his teaching career in history at Stanford University in 1965, then moved on to teach at the University of California, Santa Barbara, in 1972. In 1984, he began teaching history and political science at Brigham Young University, and was also a professor of business history for the Marriott School of Business.

Wesley was also instrumental in building and then directing the Family and Community History Center at BYU, as well as the Mormon Outmigration Leadership History Project. After retiring in 1997, he continued to administer the Project with his wife, Marian Ashby Johnson, until it was completed in 2007. Wesley founded "Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought," with Eugene England, and "The Public Historian: Official Journal of The National Council for Public History." On November 16, 2018, Wesley passed away in Provo, Utah.


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3 folders

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