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Administrative history of the Church Educational System (CES), 1888-1994

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 2373

Scope and Contents

Describes the origins, organization, and history of both religious and secular education within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The purpose of the work was to help archivists place in historical context, corporate papers entering the Church Historical Department (Salt Lake City, Utah). The paper discusses administrative changes and developments in centralized education including: a board of education, a board of examiners, the office of superintendent and later commissioner of education, a department of education (later Church Education System), a system of academies, religion classes, missionary training program, seminaries, and institutes of religion. The work also includes references to archival and printed sources, a bibliography, a time-line, organizational hierarchies, lists of executive officers, and key under-administrators and staff prior to the early 1970s. The work also describes in brief Church education outside of the continental United States and the administrative history of the LDS Church's institutions of higher education including Brigham Young Academy (later University, Provo, Utah), the Brigham Young College (Logan, Utah), the Young University (Salt Lake City), the LDS College (Salt Lake City), and the University of Utah.


  • 1995


Conditions Governing Access

Restricted. Permission to use materials 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 Administrative history of the Church Educational System (CES), 1888-1994 must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the Special Collections Coordinating Committee.

Biographical History

P. Bradford Westwood (1957- ) is an archivist and historic preservationist in Utah.

P. Bradford Westwood grew up in Provo, Utah, and spent his summers on the Oregon coast. He received his bachelor's degree from Brigham Young University in American Studies in 1985 and his master's degree from the University of Pennsylvania in Historic Preservation in 1994. He was on the Board of Directors of the Brigham Young Academy Foundation from 1985 to 1989, and was one of the co-founders of the Foundation. He worked for the Brigham Young University's L. Tom Perry Special Collections and served as the assistant chair from 1997 to 2002, and chair from 2002 to 2008. In 2009 Brad became the Manager of Collection Development (museum, archives, and library) for the Historical Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In 2013 he was appointed the director of the Utah Division of State History. He is the co-founder of the A. Dean Larsen Book Collectors Conference. His subject specialties include rare books and manuscripts, the administration of cultural repositories, architectural history (19th/20th Century American and European), and historic preservation.


1 folder (iv, 47 p.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Donated to the repository by its author, Brad creator to L. Tom Perry Special Collections in 2002. Brad Westwood, 1130 HBLL, BYU, Provo, Ut., 84602, 801.422.8727

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Brad Westwood.


Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.VII, 2007).

Register of Administrative history of the Church Educational System (CES), 1888-1994
Rose Frank
7 March 2011
Description rules
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 Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States