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University Relations Division records

Identifier: UA 1252

Scope and Contents

Contains correspondence, reports, meeting minutes, and other materials documenting the activities of the University Relations Division and its involvement with various university organizations. Dates range from 1970 to 1994.


  • 1970-1994


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 University Relations Division records must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Administrative History

The University Relations Division (1964-1999) was in charge of all public relations concerns of Brigham Young University.

In addition to public relations concerns, the University Relations Division oversaw many organizations within campus that put the university's name out into the world. In 1999 the division was placed under the advisement of the Associated Advancement Vice President, Alumni and External Relations Executive Director. Directors of University Relations Division included Lester B. Whetten (1964-1966), Stephen R. Covey (1966-1969), Heber G. Wolsey (1969-1973), Bruce L. Olsen (1973-1983), George H. Bowie (1983-1985), Ronald G. Hyde (1985-1992), and George H. Bowie (1992-1999).

University Relations Division administers the university’s relations with local and state government agencies, as well as with professional, religious, and civic organizations. It supervises all information relating to campus activities and programs. They also coordinated General Authority relations and ceremonial events, and co-chairs commencement ceremonies. Part of the University Relations Division was the Student Conduct Appeals Committee/Board, also called the University Relations Committee, from at least 1968-1970. This committee heard appeals from disciplinary action taken by the office of Student Special Services.

University Relations Division acted under the direction of a director. During Stephen R. Covey's term the position become an Assistant to the President. Covey, Heber G. Wolsey and Ronald G. Hyde held the position as Assistant to the President.


17 boxes (8.5 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Arranged in three series: 1. Office files. 2. Correspondence. 3. Office of Performance Scheduling records.

Other Finding Aids

File-level inventory available online.

Custodial History

Transferred from Records Management in installments between 2006 and 2013.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred; Records Management; February 2006.

Transferred; Records Management; May 2013.


Office files (University Archives collecting policy, July 2003).

Related Materials

Also see UA 5651- Brigham Young University Alumni Relations records. UA 1252 was divided into two collections and UA 5651 was a product of this division.

Processing Information

Processed: J. Gordon Daines III; February 2006.

Processing Information

Processed; Joseph Wiest; June 2013.

Register of University Relations Division records
Jennifer Kim
2011 September 2
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

  • 2013 June 19: Addendum of 15 cartons; various notes and creator added; date ranges expanded; series 1-5 created; Joseph Wiest.
  • 2013 November 1: Collection split; Joseph Wiest.

Repository Details

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

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo UT 84602 US