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Department of Statistics records

Identifier: UA 1188

Scope and Contents

Contains correspondence, meeting minutes, faculty notes, news articles, department history files, and statistics summer institute binders.


  • 1966-2011


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

The Department of Statistics (1960-) is responsible for teaching courses related to statistics at Brigham Young University.

In the mid 1950s Brigham Young University's President Ernest L. Wilkinson created the Bureau of Church Studies. In order to predict for facilitating in church education Wilkinson hired Howard Nielson to start a study that would predict church membership and university age membership up until the year 2000. This study was finishied in 1957, and Nielson was given a job as a teacher in the economics department. A year later Nielson was given a job offer at IBM for 3 times the Brigham Young University salary. He discussed this with Dean Weldon Taylor. Dean Taylor did not want to lose Nielson. Therefore, in 1960, Taylor created a statistics department, and Nielson stayed on.


7 boxes (3.5 linear ft.)

3 cartons (3 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Arranged in six series: 1. Department of Statistics notes and meeting minutes, 1973-1993. 2. Department of Statistics newspapers, 1974-1990. 3. Department of Statistics studies and research, 1968-1976. 4. Department of Statistics department history, 1966-1989. 5. Department of Statistics information on the major, 1981-1982. 6. Summer Institute of Applied Statistics participant binders, 1976-2011.

Other Finding Aids

File-level inventory available online.

Custodial History

Transferred from records management in May 2005.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred; Records Management; May 2005.


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

Processing Information

Addendum processed; Erin Owens; September 2014.

Register of Department of Statistics records
Jennifer Kim
2011 August 30
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • 2014 October 1: Addendum added; Erin Owens.

Repository Details

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

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo UT 84602 US