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Department of Languages textbook

 Item — Folder: 1
Identifier: UA 5763

Scope and Contents

Contains a Portuguese textbook produced by Department of Languages professor Gerrit De Jong for class instruction. Includes short stories and essays on various academic topics. Also includes some poetry and reading comprehension questions based on the text materials. Materials dated 1960.


  • 1960


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Department of Languages textbook must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.

Administrative History

The Department of Languages (1957-1968) was an instructional unit at Brigham Young University. The Department of Languages at Brigham Young University was established in 1957 as part of the reorganization of the Department of Modern and Classical Languages. The department was part of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences from 1957 to 1965. When the college split in 1965, the department was part of the College of Humanities until 1968. In 1968, the department split to form the Department of Classical and Asian Languages, Department of French and Italian, Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages, and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese.

Biographical History

Gerrit De Jong (1892-1978) was an educator, administrator, linguist, and musician. Gerrit de Jong Jr. was born to Gerrit de Jong and Lyda Marianna Kuiper in Amsterdam, Netherlands on March 20, 1892. He immigrated to Utah in the United States with his family when he was 14 years old. De Jong married Rosabelle Winegar on September 14, 1911 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Together they had three children. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and a master’s degree in French from the University of Utah. He also earned a doctorate degree in German with a minor in romantic languages from Stanford University. He later researched in the Bavarian University in Munich, Germany. He was fluent in English and Portuguese and also learned Chinese. In 1947, the United States State Department asked him to direct its cultural center in Santos, Brazil, where he served for the academic year 1947–1948. He lectured and wrote in six languages. He also taught piano and organ and composed music in all forms. After his wife Rosabelle died, De Jong married Thelma Oneta Bonham on September 28, 1951 in Salt Lake City, Utah. De Jong was the first dean of Brigham Young University's College of Fine Arts, which was established in 1925 and was the first college of fine arts west of the Mississippi. De Jong served as the dean of the college until 1960, and during his tenure he impacted the lives of hundreds of students. He died on September 26, 1978 in Provo, Utah. The De Jong Concert Hall at Brigham Young University is named in his honor.


1 folder (0.05 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Donated by Masakazu Watabe, professor in the department of Asian & Near Eastern Languages at Brigham Young University, in 2019.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Masakazu Watabe; February 2019.


Faculty (University Archives Collection Development Policy, V.b.v.2.b, October 2015).

Condition Description

Good, some damage to spiral binding.

Processing Information

Processed; Megan Davies, student manuscript processor, and Cory Nimer, curator; 2019.

Register of Department of Languages textbook
Megan Davies, student manuscript processor, and Cory Nimer, curator
2019 April 8
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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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