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Office of the President correspondence

 Collection
Identifier: UA 1093

Scope and Contents

Contains the correspondence files of President Cluff, with the exception of his first year of administration. The papers date from between 1893 and 1904, and are incoming except for 1897 to 1900. Also includes Cluff's correspondence as president of the People's Canal & Irrigation Company. Includes information on Cluff's administration of the Academy, and the school's relationship to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Board of Education. Also includes correspondence regarding the Beaver Branch, the concerns of students and parents, and Cluff's education at the University of Michigan. Contains some photographs from the South American Expedition.

Dates

  • 1893-1904

Creator

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 specialcollections@byu.edu.

Administrative History

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 as 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.

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), Cecil O. Samuelson (2003-2014), and Kevin J. Worthen (2014-).

Biographical History

Benjamin Cluff, Jr. was born in Provo, Utah on February 7, 1958 to Benjamin Cluff and Mary Ellen Foster. In 1877, Cluff enrolled in Brigham Young Academy and began working as a janitor to pay for his tuition. However, soon after he received a call to serve a mission to the Sandwich Islands. Returning to Utah in 1882, Cluff was offered a teaching job as an instructor of mathematics at Brigham Young Academy by Karl G. Maeser. In 1886, he attended the University of Michigan and received his Bachelor of Science in 1890. Upon his return to Utah, he became the assistant principal of the Brigham Young Academy.

Cluff was married to Mary Jane John in 1883, and later entered into marriage with Harriet Cullimore in 1886, and Florence Mary Reynolds in 1898. He had twenty-one children with his three wives.

Under Cluff's direction, plans for a new building were begun and students selected white and blue as the school colors. Cluff returned to the University of Michigan for a master's degree in 1893, and became the principal of the Brigham Young Academy when he returned to Utah. In 1895, Cluff's title was changed to president, and heads of departments were named principals. He led an expedition of students to South America in 1900 for the purpose of archaeological research. On October 3, 1903, the school became Brigham Young University. In December, Cluff resigned and took a position as superintendent of a rubber plantation in Mexico. The Cluffs returned to the United States in 1924 and opened a store in Southern California. Cluff died June 14, 1948, in Redondo Beach, California.

Administrative History

The Peoples Canal & Irrigation Company is responsible for the construction and maintenance of the People's Canal near Manila, Utah.

Extent

9 boxes (4.5 linear ft.)

2 folders (0.1 linear ft.)

Language

English

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

Transferred from the Office of the President.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred; Office of the President.

Appraisal

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

Processing Information

Processed; Kaitlyn Bourne; November 2012.

Processing Information

Processed; Tayla Boyer and Anne Ashton; 2022. Item-level description migrated.

Title
Register of Office of the President correspondence
Status
Under Revision
Author
Jennifer Kim
Date
2011 September 12
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Revision Statements

  • 2012 November: Collection-level finding aid created by Kaitlyn Bourne.

Repository Details

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

Contact:
1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo UT 84602 US