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Avard T. Fairbanks papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 5866

Scope and Contents note

Correspondence (including with church officials), research, lecture notes, addresses, sketches and drawings. Personal papers and collected items of Avard T. Fairbanks and papers about Christ for the Holy City, a statue proposed for Jerusalem.


  • 1906-1999


Conditions Governing Access note

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use note

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Avard T. Fairbanks papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Avard Tennyson Fairbanks (1897-1987) was Dean of Fine Arts at the University of Utah.

Avard Tennyson Fairbanks was born March 2, 1897, in Provo, Utah, to John Boylston and Lilly Annetta Huish Fairbanks. He married Beatrice Maude Fox on June 25, 1918, in Honolulu, Hawaii. They had ten children. Avard's father was a talented artist, and Avard followed in his footsteps, becoming well-known at a young age. He was called a "Young Michelangelo." He graduated from Yale and the University of Michigan and was eventually appointed Dean of Fine Arts at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. Avard died January 1, 1987, in Salt Lake City, Utah.


1 box (0.5 linear ft.)

1 carton (1 linear ft.)

1 half box (0.25 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Correspondence (including with church officials), lecture notes, addresses, sketches, and drawings of Avard T. Fairbanks, a sculptor and professor of fine arts.

Custodial History note

Donated by Eugene Fairbanks, son of Avard, in 1993 and 1994.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Donated; Eugene Fairbanks; 1993 and 1994.

Appraisal note

LDS scholarship and historiography (Collection development policy of 20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts, August 2007).

Related Archival Materials note

MSS P 9 John B. Fairbanks. Eugene Fairbanks also donated some glass plate negatives of John B. Fairbanks on the Benjamin Cluff Expedition.

Processing Information note

Processed; H. Christine Swindler; 2007. Processed; Elizabeth Ballif; 2011.

Register of Avard T. Fairbanks papers
H. Christine Swindler and Karen Glenn, student processors and John Murphy, curator
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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 Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States