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Office of the President records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 1085

Scope and Contents

Collection includes correspondence, memoranda, and reports between Dallin H. Oaks and university vice presidents, college deans, department chairmen, faculty, General Authorities of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the president of Brigham Young University-Hawaii, and others. Major subjects include university relations, university development, admissions and records, athletics, standards, housing issues involving Brigham Young University, and other related issues. Dates range from 1971 to 1980.


  • 1971-1980


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 publish material from Office of the President records must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Administrative History

The Brigham Young University President (1903- ) is the chief executive officer and general manager of the University.

Brigham Young University has had a president since Brigham Young Academy was changed to Brigham Young University in 1903. While the school was still called Brigham Young Academy the head officer was titled principal.

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. Since 1996, the President of the university has also been a General Authority of the Church.

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- ).

Biographical History

Dallin H. Oaks (born 1932) a native of Provo, Utah, served as president of Brigham Young University, a Utah Supreme Court justice, and apostle of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Dallin H. Oaks was born on August 12, 1932 in Provo, Utah. He Oaks was married on June 24, 1952 to June Dixon. They had six children. June passed away in July 1998 of cancer. Oaks remarried on August 25, 2000 to Kristen Meredith McMain. Oaks graduated from Brigham Young University in 1954 with a degree in accounting. He went on to graduate from the University of Chicago Law School in 1957. He practiced law and taught law in Chicago, including working on the University of Chicago Law faculty in 1961.

He was nominated president of Brigham Young University and served from 1971 to 1980. Following his presidency he served as a justice of the Utah Supreme Court from 1980 until 1984. Upon his resignation from the Utah Supreme Court Oaks began service as an apostle of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.


282 boxes (141 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Arranged in eighteen series: 1. Records on academics. 2. Records on admissions and records. 3. Records on administration. 4. Records on associations and organizations. 5. Records on auxiliary services. 6. Audit reports. 7. Records on the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 8. Records on the Church Educational System. 9. Records on colleges. 10. Records on continuing education. 11. Records on faculty. 12. General records. 13. Reports and other material. 14. Records on the physical plant. 15. Speeches and resource materials. 16. Records on students. 17. Records on university development. 18. Records on university relations.

Other Finding Aids

File-level inventory available online.

Custodial History

Part of the Office of the President records Collection. Transferred from the Office of the President via University Records Management.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred; Office of the President; 1980.

Transferred; Records Management; August 1993.


Office files (University Archives collecting policy, July 2003).

Processing Information

Processed; J.Gordon Daines III; January 2004.

Processing Information

Processed; Rose Frank; November 2011.

Processing Information

Processed; Joshua Barton; December 2012.

Register of Office of the President records
Rose Frank, Joshua Barton
2011 November 7
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

  • 2012 December 3: Collection was organized into series level organization.

Repository Details

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

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo UT 84602 US