Office of the President correspondence
Scope and Contents
Contains the correspondence files of President Cluff, with the exception of his first year of administration. The papers extent cover 1893 to 1903, and are incoming except for 1897 to 1900. Also includes his correspondence as president of the Peoples Canal Irrigation Company. Includes information on his administration of the Academy, and the school's relationship to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Board of Education. Also includes correspondence regarding the Beaver Branch, the concerns of students and parents, and Cluff's education at the University of Michigan. Some photographs from the South American Expedition are available. Materials date from between 1892 and 1903.
- Brigham Young University. Office of the President (Creator, Organization)
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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.
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It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Office of the President correspondence must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
The Brigham Young University President (est. 1903) is the chief executive officer and general manager of the University.
Brigham Young University has had a president since Brigham Young Academy was changed to Brigham Young University in 1903. While the school was still called Brigham Young Academy the head officer was titled principal.
The Board of Trustees delegates to the University President the responsibility to conduct the operations of the institution and administer the policies enacted by the board. Since 1996, the President of the university has also been a General Authority of the Church.
Past and present Brigham Young University presidents include George H. Brimhall (1903-1921), Franklin S. Harris (1921-1945), Howard S. McDonald (1945-1949), (acting president) Christian Jensen (1949-1951), Ernest L. Wilkinson (1951-1971), Dallin H. Oaks (1971-1980), Jeffrey R. Holland (1980-1989), Rex E. Lee (1989-1995), Merrill J. Bateman (1996-2003), and Cecil O. Samuelson (2003- ).
Benjamin Cluff, Jr. (1858-1948) was an educator and businessman in Utah and California. He was principal of Brigham Young Academy and president of Brigham Young University from 1892 to 1903.
Benjamin Cluff, Jr. was born in Provo, Utah on February 7, 1958 to Benjamin Cluff and Mary Ellen Foster. In 1877, Cluff enrolled in Brigham Young Academy and began working as a janitor to pay for his tuition. However, soon after he received a call to serve a mission to the Sandwich Islands. Returning to Utah in 1882, Cluff was offered a teaching job as an instructor of mathematics at Brigham Young Academy by Karl G. Maeser. In 1886, he attended the University of Michigan and received his Bachelor of Science in 1890. Upon his return to Utah, he became the assistant principal of the Brigham Young Academy.
Cluff was married to Mary Jane John in 1883, and later entered into marriage with Harriet Cullimore in 1886, and Florence Mary Reynolds in 1898. He had twenty-one children with his three wives.
Under Cluff's direction, plans for a new building were begun and students selected white and blue as the school colors. Cluff returned to the University of Michigan for a master's degree in 1893, and became the principal of the academy when he returned to Utah. In 1895 Cluff's title was changed to president, and heads of departments were named principals. He led an expedition of students to South America in 1900 for the purpose of archaeological research. On October 3, 1903, the school became Brigham Young University. In December, Cluff resigned and took a position as superintendent of a rubber plantation in Mexico. The Cluffs returned to the United States in 1924 and opened a store in Southern California. Cluff died June 14, 1948, in Redondo Beach, California.
The Peoples Canal Irrigation Company is responsible for the construction and maintenance of the Peoples Canal near Manila, Utah.
9 boxes (4.5 linear ft.)
2 folders (0.1 linear ft.)
Other Finding Aids
Item-level inventory available online. http://files.lib.byu.edu/ead/XML/UA1093.xml
Transferred from the Office of the President.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Transferred; Office of the President.
University history (University Archives collecting policy, February 2010).
Processed; Kaitlyn Bourne; November 2012.
Processed; Tayla Boyer and Anne Ashton; 2022. Item-level description added.
- Register of Office of the President correspondence
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- Jennifer Kim
- 2011 September 12
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- Finding aid written in English in Latin script.
- 2012 November: Collection-level finding aid created by Kaitlyn Bourne.