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Brigham Young University historical files

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 704

Scope and Contents

Contains manuscripts, biographies, photographs, correspondence, building plans, articles, and filmstrips, all from many different persons and departments on campus.


  • 1875-1983


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 use material from this collection must be obtained from Reference Services at

Biographical History

Brigham Young Academy was founded in 1875 with Karl G. Maeser as principal. The academy did not become a university until Benjamin Cluff Jr. changed it as his last act as principal in 1903.


18 boxes (9 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



The Register of BYU Historical Files is loosely organized into three alphabetical groupings. The first alphabetical grouping beings with “Academy Square” in Box 1 Folder 1a, and ends in “"Y" on the Mountain and Grand Stand,” Box 11:Folder 25. The next grouping begins in Box 11:Folder 26 and continues until Box 13:Folder 8. The third and final grouping begins in Box 13:Folder 9 and continues to the end of the collection.(Box 17:Folder 30) The documents are not arranged according to subject, or date submitted.

Other Finding Aids

A more detailed finding aid is available in print in the repository.

Other Finding Aids

File-level inventory available online.


University history (University Archives collecting policy, February 2010)

Processing Information

Processed; 2002.

Register of Brigham Young University historical files
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.
Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008

Repository Details

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

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo UT 84602 US