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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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Collection on University Faculty and Staff

For researchers interested in the growth, development, achievements, and character of the Brigham Young University faculty and staff, the compiled sources available in the University Archives Collection on University Faculty and Staff (UA 909) is a valuable resource. The collection includes a wide range of sources aggregated by archives staff and filed under the name …

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Susa Young Gates and Brigham Young University

In preparation for this year’s Brimhall Essay Contest, a new popular search topic is now available on resources for Susa Young Gates in the University Archives. While many of the most important primary sources on Gates’s life are held in other repositories, there are some useful records available locally that may be used for writing …

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Contributions of the Class of 1891: Thomas J. Yates

Another member of the Class of 1891 was Thomas Jarvis Yates, who is remembered as the first seminary teacher in the Church. While he pursued a career as a mechanical engineer following his graduation from Brigham Young Academy, Yates retained a love of teaching throughout his life. Thomas J. Yates Thomas Jarvis was born in …

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Contributions of the Class of 1891: Edwin S. Hinckley

The twenty-one students in the Brigham Young Academy Class of 1891 made significant contributions to the development of the university during their time as students, including the establishment of the first student newspaper, The B.Y.A. Student, and the institution of school colors. In part, these programs reflected the growing influence of Benjamin Cluff following his …

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Establishing school colors

When thinking of the university, one of the most common associations is the school’s colors: BYU, white and blue. According to the university’s centennial history, the colors were adopted in 1892 during the administration of Benjamin Cluff. However, Eugene Robert’s 1947 biography of Cluff claims the school colors were introduced during Cluff’s time as Assistant …

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Brimhall Essay Contest

Each year the descendants of former Brigham Young University president George H. Brimhall honor the founders of the university by sponsoring the Brimhall Essay Contest. Held in conjunction with the university’s Homecoming celebrations, the contest is designed to introduce students to the individuals who have helped to shape Brigham Young University’s unique institutional character. This …

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University diplomas

One of the traditional components of graduation ceremonies is receiving a diploma, which provides physical documentation and recognition of one’s educational accomplishments. At Brigham Young University (and earlier under the Academy) the form of diplomas and certificates has varied widely over the years. Examples of the different diplomas presented by the university, particularly during its …

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Alumni Association records on prominent deceased alumni

The Brigham Young University Alumni Association (est. 1893) plays an important role in helping maintain connections between alums and the university. In order to accomplish this work the Alumni Association collects information about alumni, including student information sheets with demographic and contact information. For deceased alumni, these records and associated obituaries are transferred to the …

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Personnel change in University Archives

Beginning January 1st, Gordon Daines was transferred from University Archives to serve as the new supervisor of reference services for the L. Tom Perry Special Collections. In his place, Cory Nimer has been appointed as University Archivist. Cory previously worked as a technical services archivist for the department, where he developed significant expertise with university …

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