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School of Social Work historical records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 1069

Scope and Contents

Correspondence and reports documenting the history of Brigham Young University School of Social Work. Also includes the School's administrative records, including curriculum and conference planning files, convocation details, handbooks and manuals, enrollment information, and other records mainly related to the bachelor's in social work program. Materials dated 1955 to 2012.


  • 1955-2012


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

Social Work at Brigham Young University had its beginnings as an "emphasis of study" in the major of sociology. Two prominent sociologists, Professor Joe Symons and Professor John Christiansen had a dream that one day BYU would educate professional social workers. In 1969, a landmark decision was made to hire a practicing social worker from the local community and move forward with the creation of a major in social work. Dr. Eugene Gibbons was extended an invitation to join the Sociology Department as a permanent faculty member and was given the responsibility of providing leadership in the development of the social work major. Social Work remained in the Department of Sociology until 1980, at which time it became its own department. Shortly after the MSW program was developed and initiated in 1982, the Social Work Department approached the University administration concerning the Department's organizational structure. In 1985, the Social Work Department became the School of Social Work.


1 box (0.5 linear ft.)

2 cartons (2 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Gift; W. Eugene Gibbons; July 2001.

Custodial History

Found and processed in 2003. Addendum transferred by the School of Social Work in October 2016.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred; School of Social Work; October 2016.


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

Processing Information

Processed; Rose Frank; September 9, 2011.

Processing Information

Processed; Kate Ashman; July 15, 2021. Addendum added.

Register of School of Social Work historical records
Rose Frank
2011 September 9
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

  • 2021 July 15: Addendum added; Kate Ashman.

Repository Details

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

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo UT 84602 US