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Brigham Young University vice-presidential records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 687

Scope and Contents

Collection of records and correspondence relating to academic colleges and deans, vice presidents, committees and councils, academic support centers and institutes, museums, church files, and administrative records during the time of Robert K. Thomas in his position of Academic Vice President of Brigham Young University. Addendum consists of a collection of speeches given by Robert K. Thomas between 1956 and 1989.


  • 1956-1989


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 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 was established in 1875 as the Brigham Young Academy, and received the name university in 1903. The university is administered by the university president, with several vice-presidents for different functional areas. Robert K. Thomas served as academic vice-president between 1967 and 1980.

Biographical History

Robert K. Thomas (1918-1998) was a college professor and administrator in Utah. He started at Brigham Young University in 1951 as a faculty member of the English Department and Establishing Director of the Honors Program. In 1966 he was named Assistant Academic Vice-President to Earl C. Crocket, then Academic Vice President to Ernest L. Wilkinson a year later. He also served as a commissioner of the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. In 1980, Dr. Thomas served as a special assistant to Jeffrey R. Holland until his retirement in 1983.


15 cartons (15 linear ft.)

4 oversize boxes (12 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Arranged into thirteen series: 1. Correspondence and minutes. 2. Vice-presidential records. 3. Academic college and deans records. 4. Committees and councils records. 5. Academic support records. 6. Centers and institutes records. 7. Museums records. 8. Administrative records. 9. Legal records. 10. Certain individuals records. 11. Certain files and categories. 12. Church records.

Other Finding Aids

File-level inventory available online.

Custodial History

Materials donated by Stan L. Albrecht around 1989, with other materials transferred from the Office of the Vice President. Some additional materials found in the University Archives stacks in February 2009 and added to the collection.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Stan L. Albrecht; circa 1989.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred; office of the Vice President.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Found; University Archives stacks; February 2009.


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

Processing Information

Processed; Kayla Quinney; February 2009.

Register of Brigham Young University vice-presidential records
Kayla Quinney
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