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Oscar John and Gladys Cox Hansen film

 File — Reel: 1
Identifier: UA 5621

Scope and Contents

Contains a 16 mm film from approximately 1956 of the Brigham Young University (BYU) Color Guard, a basketball game, and a cougar hunt led by Oscar John Hansen. The cougar caught was later donated to BYU for use as the mascot in 1956.


  • approximately 1956


Conditions Governing Access

Condition restricted; permission to use item must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Oscar John and Gladys Cox Hansen film must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Oscar John Hansen (1903-1992) was a steelworker and sheep shearer in Utah. He was responsible for the capture and care of Brigham Young University's cougar mascot for thirty years.

Oscar John Hansen was born to Charles F. and Carrie Helmstead Hansen on February 12, 1903 in Goshen, Utah. He worked for twenty years in the Open Hearth at Geneva Steel. In addition, he maintained membership in the Sheep Shearers Union for nearly seventy years, serving as its national secretary for two terms. His interests included carpentry, farming, and trapping. He hunted cougars and caught and cared for the BYU mascot for thirty years. In 1928, he married Gladys Cox in Nephi, Utah. She died in 1979, and Hansen was remarried to Ruth Martineau Whitaker in 1981. Hansen died on November 19, 1992.

Biographical History

Gladys Cox Hansen (1909-1979) was a civic and church leader in Utah.

Gladys Cox Hansen was born to Louis S. and Louisle Wintch Cox on March 25, 1909 in Manti, Utah. She was raised in Utah and attended school in Manti, Silver City, and Payson. In 1928, she married Oscar John Hansen and the married was later solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple. She served as Relief Society president and secretary in the church as well as serving as an organist for 48 years. In the 1930s, she helped organize the Goshen Ward Singing Mothers. She was an active member of the community and served as secretary of the state branch of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organization (AFL/CIO) as well as the chairwoman of the state Democratic Party. She died December 29, 1979 at her home in Provo, Utah.


1 film reel (1.2 linear ft.)

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Custodial History

Donated by Bobbie Jo Staley, great-grandaughter of the Hansens, in August 2012.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Bobbie Jo Staley; August 2012.


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


Title on reel: Explorers tame cat

Processing Information

Processed; Dani Peterson; October 2012.

Register of Oscar John and Gladys Cox Hansen film
Dani Peterson
23 October 2012
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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