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Center for Family & Community History records

Identifier: UA 1191

Scope and Contents

Contains administrative records such as letters, agendas, minutes, reports, and financial, event, and publishing records, particularly dealing with the opening of the Center for Family & Community History and development of family history curriculum and related university events, and documenting the activities of G. Wesley Johnson, who was instrumental in building and then directing the Center. Also contains project records from the Center for Family & Community History and its predecessor, the Department of Family and Local History Studies, including research on various religions found in the Provo and Orem areas of Utah, and the Mormon Outmigration Leadership History Project records, which is mainly audiocassette recordings of oral histories. Materials dated 1965-1998.


  • 1965-1998


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 the Reference Services at

Biographical / Historical

The Department of Family and Local History Studies was a research and teaching institute at Brigham Young University and part of the College of Family, Home, and Social Sciences. It was formed in 1978 from the Institute of Genealogical Research in the College of Social Sciences. The department taught classes on genealogical research and prepared students to conduct family history work. In 1985, it became the Center for Family and Community History.

Biographical / Historical

The Center for Family & Community History (1985-1990) was a research institute at Brigham Young University. It was responsible for coordinating genealogical academic programs, as well as conducting research and promoting family history work.

Biographical / Historical

G. Wesley Johnson Jr. was born April 28, 1932, to George Wesley Johnson and Matilda Zoe Hansen, in Mesa, Arizona. Wesley attended Brigham Young University and Harvard University, then went on to receive a PhD in history at Columbia University, where he edited, co-edited, or co-authored books and essays on twentieth-century African political history. Wesley began his teaching career in history at Stanford University in 1965, then moved on to teach at University of California, Santa Barbara, in 1972. In 1984, he began teaching history and political science at Brigham Young University, as well as a professor of business history for the Marriott School of Business. Wesley was also instrumental in building and then directing the Family and Community History Center at BYU, as well as the Mormon Outmigration Leadership History Project. After retiring in 1997, he continued to administer the Project with his wife, Marian Ashby Johnson, until it was completed in 2007. Wesley founded "Dialogue, A Journal of Mormon Thought," with Eugene England, and "The Public Historian: Official Journal of The National Council for Public History." On November 16, 2018, Wesley passed away in Provo, Utah.


17 boxes (8.5 linear ft.)

10 media boxes (8.3 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Transferred from Department of Family and Local History Services in October 1989. Additional materials were found in the stacks and added to the collection in November 2007.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred; Department of Family and Local History Services; October 1989.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Found; November 2007.


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

Processing Information

Processed; Jacob Clark Smith; November 2007.

Processing Information

Processed; Amanda Jo Lindell; June 2005.

Processing Information

Processed; Karen Glenn; September 2023; Merged with UA 5363, addendum added.

  • Bon Bloxham records, including car rental records, receipts, student wages, activity reports, and other financial records.
Register of Center for Family & Community History records
In Progress
Jacob Clark Smith
2007 November
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

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

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo UT 84602 US