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BYU Studies records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 1211

Scope and Contents

Contains correspondence concerning BYU Studies, manuscripts considered for publication in BYU Studies, book reviews of literature of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, design and layout plans for BYU Studies manuscripts, research materials, slides of artifacts, budgets, manuscripts, and other materials relating to the BYU Studies department. The collection also includes edits, correspondence, proofs of articles, and records on David Paulsen's book on Mormonism and Theology.


  • 1958-2006


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 BYU Studies 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 Studies organization was created in 1959 by a group of scholars whose mission was to produce scholarly religious literature. This organization was placed under the direction of the College of Humanities from 1982 to 1993. While in the College of Humanities, the BYU Studies journal was directed by the journal editor, who was under the direction of the college dean. The administrative structure of the organization consisted of an editorial board composed of from various disciplines review submissions, assign peer reviewers, and plan upcoming events. An advisory board provides long-term vision and planning through its quarterly meetings. The organization is also influenced by the Academy, composed of one-hundred scholars from BYU and the larger LDS community who voluntarily work to promote LDS scholarship at BYU Studies. In 1993, BYU Studies left the College of Humanities and became part of the Associate Academic Vice President’s office, first under the direction of Gary Hooper, then Brent Webb.

In 2006, BYU Studies became part of the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship with M. Gerald Bradford functioning as Executive Director. Once the journal became associated with the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship, the Executive Director acted in the same capacity as a Dean of an academic department and the Director of BYU Studies and Editor-in-Chief functioned in the same capacity as a Department Chair. From its inception in 1959 the chief editors included Clinton F. Larson (1959 to 1967), Charles D. Tate, Jr., (1968 to 1983), Edward A. Geary, Jr. (1984-1991), and John W. Welch (1992- ).


7 oversize boxes (10.5 linear ft.)

46 boxes (23 linear ft.)

6 cartons (6 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Arranged in two series: 1. BYU Studies correspondence, 1958-1994. 2. BYU Studies manuscripts and publication records, 1967-2006.

Other Finding Aids

File-level inventory available online.

Custodial History

Transferred from Records Management in September 2005. Addendum transferred from Records Management in February 2007. Addendum transferred from Recrods Management in November 2010.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred; Records Management; September 2005. Addendum transferred; Records Management; February 2007. Addendum transferred; Records Management; November 2010.


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

Processing Information

Processed; Amanda Jo Lindell; October 2005. Addendum processed; Matthew Bowers Leavitt; March 2007. Addendum processed; Elizabeth West; December 2010.

Register of BYU Studies records
Amanda Jo Lindell and Matthew Bowers Leavitt
Oct 2005 and Mar 2007
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

  • 2010 December: Addendum added by Elizabeth West in December 2010. Changes were made to the dates, extent, scope and content, administrative history, acquisition, processing, and arrangement notes.

Repository Details

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

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo UT 84602 US