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Paul Hyer faculty and family papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 6650

Scope and Contents

Contains correspondence, research, microfilm, and more collected by or created by Paul Hyer as a professor of history at Brigham Young University, primarily from the late 1950s to the 1990s. This research was primarily centered on Mongolia and Tibet, and includes particular interest in Demcugdongrub, Kanjurwa Khutughtu, and the Dalai Lama. Hyer was one of the first researchers of Tibet and Mongolia from a Japanese perspective; therefore sources are in Japanese as well as Chinese, Mongolian, and Tibetan.


  • 1941-2008


Language of Materials

Materials in English, Mongolian, Tibetan, Chinese, and Japanese.

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 Paul Hyer faculty and family papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Paul Hyer was born in Utah to Ariel C. and Johanna Hyer in 1926. He served in the US Navy during World War II in the Pacific from 1944 to 1946. He then served another two years as a missionary in Japan from 1946 to 1948 in the Central Pacific Mission. He then married Harriet Johns 15 December 1948. He received a bachelor's in history from Brigham Young University in 1951, master's in Asian history and Asian social institutions from Berkeley in 1953, and PhD in Asian history also from Berkeley in 1961. Hyer became a professor of history at Brigham Young University. Among his accomplishments there, he founded the Asian studies program in 1960. He spent over fourteen years in Asia and lectured at five Chinese universities. He also served as mission president in Taiwan from 1982 to 1985 and as temple president in Taiwan from 1988 to 1990. He was appointed executive director of the International Society.


27 cartons (27 linear ft.)

4 boxes (2 linear ft.)


Arranged into two series: 1. Paul Hyer faculty papers. 2 Paul Hyer family papers.

Other Finding Aids

More detailed finding aid available in repository upon request.

Custodial History

Donated by Paul Hyer in 2009.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Paul Hyer; 2009.


LDS scholarship and historiography (20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy 5.III, August 2007).

Related Materials

See also the Paul Hyer Mongolian collection (UA 612).

Processing Information

Processed; Cynthia Ann Smith and Elizabeth Ballif (student processors) and John Murphy (curator); 2009.

  • Books, periodicals, and informational pamphlets relating to Mongolia and Asia in general. A detailed spreadsheet of these items remains with the collection.
Register of Paul Hyer faculty and family papers
Cynthia Ann Smith and Elizabeth Ballif, student processors, and John Murphy, Curator.
2009 August 6
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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