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Department of Home Economics records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 1115

Scope and Contents

Contains faculty meeting minutes, department and program reviews, and department activities, correspondence, and reports documenting the activities of Brigham Young University's Department of Home Economics.


  • 1954-1989


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

Administrative History

In 1951, after accepting the appointment as President of Brigham Young University, Ernest L. Wilkinson was given the charge to further the development of the home economics programs on campus. This charge led to the establishment of the College of Family Living in 1954. The college was then subdivided into five departments with Homemaking Education being one of them. The already-established program expanded and thrived in the new college.

In 1966, a name change was proposed and accepted and the department became known as the Department of Home Economics Education. In the mid-80's, the department changed its name again, shortening it to Home Economics. Around 1989, the department was merged with the Family Sciences department.

Now, home economics classes are offered under the Home and Family Living department. During the department's existence, the faculty was noted for their willingness to participate in local, state, and national activities. The Brigham Young University Home Economics Education teacher training program was the most respected program in the state of Utah and one of the top training centers in the United States. The graduates were highly recruited.


13 boxes (6.5 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Arranged in three series. The first of these series is the Department Records which contains the faculty meeting minutes, department and program reviews, and department activities. Series two is the Correspondence series which contains the correspondence of the faculty, department, university, and department chairs. The last series, Department Reports, has the annual reports, travel reports, and research reports documenting the activities of the department.

Other Finding Aids

Finding aid available online and in Special Collections reference.

Other Finding Aids

File-level inventory available online.

Custodial History

Donated by the Dept. of Home Economics Education.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred from University Records Management, June 2004.


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

Register of Department of Home Economics records
Jennifer Kim
2011 August 31
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.

Repository Details

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

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo UT 84602 US