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Brigham Young University vice-presidential records

Identifier: UA 1325

Scope and Contents

Contains meeting minutes, correspondence, committee files, and other materials related to the function of the office of Advancement Vice President. Included is administration correspondence from the office, records from Brigham Young University athletic conferences and policies, correspondence and devotional talks given by general authorities of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and records covering alumni relations and the Alumni Association, 1971-2005.


  • 1971-2005


Conditions Governing Access

Restricted. Closed for 70 years from the end date of the administration, 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 the Brigham Young University vice-presidential records must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Administrative History

Brigham Young University (1903-) is a university sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Provo, Utah.

Brigham Young University was established in 1903 in a renaming of Brigham Young Academy. Past and present Brigham Young University presidents include George H. Brimhall (1903-1921), Franklin S. Harris (1921-1945), Howard S. McDonald (1945-1949), (acting president) Christian Jensen (1949-1951), Ernest L. Wilkinson (1951-1971), Dallin H. Oaks (1971-1980), Jeffrey R. Holland (1980-1989), Rex E. Lee (1989-1995), Merrill J. Bateman (1996-2003), and Cecil O. Samuelson (2003- ).

Brigham Young University is owned and operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as part of the Church Educational System (CES). The university is governed by a Board of Trustees, which, since 1939, has consisted of the First Presidency of the Church as well as other General Authorities or general officers of the Church appointed by the First Presidency. The Board of Trustees provides general direction and oversees the formulation of broad policies as well as the approval of all executive leadership and faculty appointments at the university. The Board of Trustees delegates to the University President the responsibility to conduct the operations of the institution and administer the policies enacted by the board. The President serves as the chief executive officer and general manager of the University. Since 1996, the President of the university has also been a General Authority of the Church.

Brigham Young University has grown from a small academy to one of the world's largest private universities. Sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, BYU offers a unique educational environment that promotes learning by study and also by faith.

Administrative History

The office of Advancement Vice President at Brigham Young University was established in 1992. The position is responsible for administering alumni and external relations, university communications, broadcasting, development, and athletics.

The Advancement Vice Presidency was established in 1992 as part of a reorganization of the Brigham Young University administration. Ronald G. Hyde, who had been serving as Executive Assistant to the President for Development and University Relations, was the first to be assigned the office. The office has administrative responsibility for the university's alumni and external relations, communications, athletics programs, and BYU Broadcasting. Advancement Vice Presidents have included Hyde (1992-1994), R. J. Snow (1994-1998), K. Fred Skousen (1998-2008), and Kevin J Worthen (2008- ).


72 boxes (36 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Contains four series: 1. Advancement Vice President administrative correspondence, 1975-2004. 2. Advancement Vice President athletic records, 1982-2005. 3. Advancement Vice President general authority correspondence and devotionals, 1971-1998. 4. Advancement Vice President University Alumni Relations correspondence and records, 1981-1998.

Other Finding Aids

File-level inventory available online.

Custodial History

Transferred from Record Management in December 2006.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred; Records Management; Dec. 2006.


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

Processing Information

Processed; Dani Peterson; Oct. 27, 2011.

Register of Brigham Young University vice-presidential records
Devon Zimmerman
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

  • 2011 October 27: Series added, notes revised.

Repository Details

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

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo UT 84602 US