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Collection of Brigham Young University athletics photographs

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 1029

Scope and Contents

Contains photographs of Brigham Young University athletic teams, players, and events in a variety of sports. Photographs date from 1893 to 1989.


  • 1893-1989

Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Collection of Brigham Young University athletics photographs must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Administrative History

Brigham Young Academy (1875-1903) was established by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints under the direction of Brigham Young for the instruction of church members in the area of Provo, Utah.

Brigham Young Academy was the predecessor to Brigham Young University and Brigham Young High School. Brigham Young saw the school as a place where all secular learning should be fused with teachings from the scriptures. Despite steady growth during its early years, the Academy was threatened by a series of financial and physical setbacks. With the help and sacrifice of Abraham O. Smoot, the campus moved in 1891 to new facilities on University Avenue in Provo Utah. The Academy's curriculum strengthened and enrollment grew. In 1903, the name was officially changed to Brigham Young University.

Brigham Young Academy principals included Warren N. Dusenberry (1876), Karl G. Maeser (1876-1892), and Benjamin Cluff (1892-1903).

Administrative History

Brigham Young University (1903- ) is a university sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Provo, Utah.

Brigham Young University was established in 1903 in a renaming of Brigham Young Academy. Past and present Brigham Young University presidents include George H. Brimhall (1903-1921), Franklin S. Harris (1921-1945), Howard S. McDonald (1945-1949), (acting president) Christian Jensen (1949-1951), Ernest L. Wilkinson (1951-1971), Dallin H. Oaks (1971-1980), Jeffrey R. Holland (1980-1989), Rex E. Lee (1989-1995), Merrill J. Bateman (1996-2003), and Cecil O. Samuelson (2003- ).

Brigham Young University is owned and operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as part of the Church Educational System (CES). The university is governed by a Board of Trustees, which, since 1939, has consisted of the First Presidency of the Church as well as other General Authorities or general officers of the Church appointed by the First Presidency. The Board of Trustees provides general direction and oversees the formulation of broad policies as well as the approval of all executive leadership and faculty appointments at the university. The Board of Trustees delegates to the University President the responsibility to conduct the operations of the institution and administer the policies enacted by the board. The President serves as the chief executive officer and general manager of the University. Since 1996, the President of the university has also been a General Authority of the Church.

Brigham Young University has grown from a small academy to one of the world's largest private universities. Sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, BYU offers a unique educational environment that promotes learning by study and also by faith.


10 boxes (5 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Arranged into twenty-two series: 1. Photographs of Baseball, 1900-1979. 2. Photographs of men's basketball, 1900-1989. 3. Photographs of women's basketball, 1900. 4. Photographs of boxing, 1941. 5. Photographs of football, 1896-1980. 6. Photographs of golf, 1966-1975. 7. Photographs of men's gymnastics, 1902-1975. 8. Photographs of hockey, 1972-1975. 9. Photographs of racquetball. 10. Photographs of rugby. 11. Photographs of scuba diving, 1973. 12. Photographs of skateboarding. 13. Photographs of snow skiing, 1980. 14. Photographs of soccer, 1977-1986. 15. Photographs of swimming, 1964-1978. 16. Photographs of tennis, 1912-1974. 17. Photographs of track and field, 1900-1979. 18. Photographs of volleyball, 1970-1979. 19. Photographs of water polo, 1972-1975. 20. Photographs of water skiing, 1974. 21. Photographs of women's athletic activities, 1893-1946. 22. Photographs of wrestling, 1914-1969.

Other Finding Aids

File-level inventory available online.

Custodial History

Collection was found unprocessed in the cold vault of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections and it was recommended that the collection be processed in March 2003.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Found; L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 2003.


University history (University Archives collecting policy, February 2010).

Processing Information

Processed; J. Gordon Daines III; March 2003.

Register of Collection of Brigham Young University athletics photographs
Abe Austin
2012 April 13
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

  • 2014 January 7: Finding aid updated for DACS-compliance; J. Gordon Daines III.

Repository Details

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

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo UT 84602 US