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Presidents’ Homes

As noted in the Daily Herald, for many years the central neighborhoods of Provo were home to most of the faculty. The first principal of the Academy, Warren Dusenberry, lived in a two-story concrete house across from the Provo Tabernacle at what is now the southeast corner of 100 South and University Avenue. The location …

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Contributions of the Class of 1891: Alexander Jameson

For most of the members of the Class of 1891, after completing their studies at Brigham Young Academy they took up teaching posts in Utah or neighboring states. These teachers made important contributions to the local educational programs in their communities, included Eugene S. Hart (Idaho), George J. Ramsey (Morgan, Utah), Alva N. Murdock (Charlestown, …

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Alpine Summer School Classes

In order to escape the summer heat in Provo, under President Franklin S. Harris the university began offering summer courses at a retreat at the base of Mount Timpanogos in 1922. Courses offered included natural sciences such as geology and botany, as well as the arts. During the early years of the program, classes were …

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Autograph albums at Brigham Young Academy

Prior to the popularization of school yearbooks, autograph albums were commonly used by students to gather notes and other remembrances from their fellow students at the end of the year. The archives recently received a fine example of an autograph book from Brigham Young Academy created by Ole Ellingson, a student during the 1885-1886 school …

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Contributions of the Class of 1891: Anthony C. Lund

Another prominent alumnus of 1891 was Anthony C. Lund, son of apostle Anthon H. Lund. Speaking as class valedictorian (https://archive.org/stream/commencementexer1891brig#page/38/mode/2up), Lund called on his fellow students to help “water a part of God’s vineyard.” Taking this call to heart, he served both the Church and the University over the course of his career–first as a …

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Brigham Young University Personnel Photographs

Another collection available for researchers exploring the history of the university is the compiled collection of university faculty and administrator photographs (UA 947). Brought together from various sources by University Archives staff, the collection provides quick access to individual faculty images produced by university photographers up to 2001. Some attempts were also made to bring …

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Safe Travels for Christmas Break

With snow covering the ground here in Provo, and more in the forecast before school starts, the importance of safe driving is as much a concern today as it has been in years past. As cars became more available and Brigham Young University attendance grew under President Ernest L. Wilkinson, it meant more students traveling …

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Contributions of the Class of 1891: Richard R. Lyman

Graduating as president of the Normal Class of 1891, Richard R. Lyman described “an incalculable debt of gratitude” he felt to Brigham Young Academy for the care and teaching he and his classmates received. Over the course of his public life, Lyman worked to advance the cause of education in Utah, and contributed to the …

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Lighting the Y

As mentioned in President Worthen’s devotional address earlier this month, the lighting of the Y has been a long tradition at Brigham Young University. The first lighting was made in 1924, and became a regular event at special events in the years that followed. As described in an early newspaper account, members of the student …

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Contributions of the Class of 1891: O. W. Andelin

While other members of the Class of 1891 later returned to teach at Brigham Young Academy and Brigham Young University, O. W. Andelin joined the faculty immediately after receiving his collegiate degree with the BYA class of 1893. Over a twenty year teaching career he contributed to the growth of the university, though, as his …

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