The Faculty of Brigham Young University

Brigham Young University is a remarkable place.  It is a place of quiet reverence and boisterous enthusiasm.  It is a place of competitive athletics and exceptional scholarship.  It is a place of gifted musicians and capable engineers.  It is a place of blending for the sacred and the secular.  It is a place of students and teachers.  It is of the teachers that I will write today.  The faculty at Brigham Young University bears a unique burden in that they are expected to model what it means to be disciple-scholars to the students they interact with.  They are responsible for showing through their lives that it is possible to harmonize gospel teachings and secular knowledge.  And to a remarkable degree they are highly successful.  Students at this university are able to witness how their teachers have woven the strands of the sacred and the secular together in their lives to become more than the sum of those parts.  They are blessed to gain an understanding that the gospel of Jesus Christ truly enables exceptional scholarship.

The Brigham Young Academy faculty, 1888

The Brigham Young Academy faculty, 1888

The College faculty of Brigham Young University, 1913

The College faculty of Brigham Young University, 1913

President David O. McKay with faculty and students at Brigham Young University, 1961

President David O. McKay with faculty and students at Brigham Young University, 1961

The Brigham Young University Archives is home to several collections that enable us to better understand the impact that faculty members have on the students that pass through this university. They include:

  • UA 909 Faculty Biographical Files, [1900-ca. 2000]. This collection contains biographical information on faculty members as well as members of the university administration and the board of trustees.  The files contain information on the individuals’ family, professional and church activities.  The majority of this information was gathered prior to 1990.  Click here to see the finding aid for this collection.
  • UA 776 Autobiographical Sketches file, 1998-2005. This collection contains biographical sketch forms for faculty and administrators.  These forms include information on their education, employment, family, hobbies, and professional, civic and church service.
  • University Archives oral history collection. This collection consists of oral histories done with faculty members.  The list of oral histories can be obtained by going to the Lee Library catalog and running a call number search using the search term “UA OH.”  The library was be set to “HBLL Special Collections” and the shelving scheme must be set to “alpha-numeric class scheme.”  This search will pull back a list of oral histories done with faculty.  Click here to access the Lee Library call number search.

If you would like to learn more about the sources available on the faculty at Brigham Young University , please contact the University Archivist at (801) 422-5821 or gordon_daines@byu.edu .

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