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University Relations Division records

Identifier: UA 5346

Scope and Contents

Contains financial documents, correspondence, reports, commencement, athletics, student clubs, campus tours, distinguished guest visits to campus, University Relations materials, and Public Relations materials. The activities include homecoming events, football, basketball, dance and music performances, community open houses, and volunteer events. Dated 1952-2002.


  • 1952-2002


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 Coordinating Committee.

Administrative History

The Public Relations Division at Brigham Young University was responsible for coordinating relationships between the university and external entities and to organize campus activities. Established in 1955, the unit was later reorganized as the University Relations Division in 1964.

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.


47 cartons (47 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Arranged into two series: 1. University Relations Division records, 1952-1998. 2. Public Relations Division records, 1963-2002.

Custodial History

Found in the Stacks September 2007.

Transferred from the Visitor's Center December 2007.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Found; Stacks; September 2007.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred; Visitor's Center; December 2007.


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

Processing Information

Processed; Stephanie Christiansen; September 2007.

Processing Information

Processed; Matthew Leavitt; February 2008.

Register of University Relations Division records
Matthew Leavitt
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