Young Ambassadors

One of the most popular performing groups at Brigham Young University is the Young Ambassadors. They are well known for their unique combination of contemporary music and dance in a fast-paced showcase of American musical theatre. The Young Ambassadors were created by Janie Thompson in 1970 and made their appearance on the world stage in 1970 in Japan. Since then they have performed in over 66 countries and countless times in the United States.

Young Ambassadors perform in 1973

Young Ambassadors perform in 1973

Young Ambassadors perform in 2009

Young Ambassadors perform in 2009

The Brigham Young University Archives is home to several collections that document the history of the Young Ambassadors. They include:

  • MSS 3700 Photographs of Brigham Young University Collection, ca. 1920s-1970s. This collection contains several photographs of Young Ambassador performances in the 1970s. To access the finding aid for this collection click here.
  • MSS SC 3010 Liu Yanping photographs, 1972-1996. Collection of photographs taken by Liu Yanping. Included are images of the Young Ambassadors performing in Shanghai-Hong Pu, China.
  • UA 439 Bruce L. Olsen journal, 1979. Journal records Olsen’s experiences as he traveled to China with the BYU Young Ambassadors in 1979.
  • MSS SC 2967 Jane Thompson life sketch, circa 1998. This autobiographical sketch includes information about Janie Thompson’s life. Thompson was the founding director of the Young Ambassadors.
  • UA 1129 Entertainment Division Collection, 1952-1971. This collection contains vinyl recordings of the early Young Ambassadors performances. To access the finding aid for this collection click here.

If you would like to learn more about research in the University Archives, please contact the University Archivist at (801) 422-5821 or gordon_daines@byu.edu

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