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J. Roman Andrus papers

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: UA 299

Scope and Contents

Contains a brief history of the Brigham Young University Art Department. History written in 1957.


  • 1957


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Open for public research.

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Biographical History

J. Roman Andrus (1907-1993) was a faculty member of the art department at Brigham Young University from 1940 to 1974.

James Roman Andrus was born in St. George, Utah on July 11, 1907, to Alexander Burto Andrus and Rozilla Brooks Andrus. He had three siblings, two brothers and one sister, and spent his childhood in Southern Utah, where he was able to observe and appreciate Utah's naturally breathtaking landscape. In 1933, he was married to Irva Pratt, with whom he had five children.

Andrus earned his bachelor's degree in 1942 and his master's degree in 1943 from Brigham Young University. He went on to study at the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles and received his doctoral degree at the University of Colorado in 1958. He worked as an arts professor at BYU from 1958 to 1972.

An accomplished painter, Andrus was best known for his landscape pieces, though he also painted portraits. Andrus was a recipient of the Utah State Institute of Fine Arts Purchase Prize in 1945 and 1950, and was named professor emeritus at BYU in 1974. He passed away on June 23, 1993, at his home in Provo, Utah.


1 folder (0.01 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



University history (University Archives collecting policy, February 2010).

Register of J. Roman Andrus papers
Rose Frank
2011 August 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.

Repository Details

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

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo UT 84602 US