Curriculum development and class instruction, as well as faculty research activities, happen primarily at the department level of the university. A selection of departments with a sample of available archival materials are listed below:
Department of Business Management
- Records, 1947-1948 (UA 43). Collection includes weekly newspaper readership studies based on representative Utah newspapers, conducted by the department of marketing and journalism.
- First Annual Marketing Symposium discussions, 1949 (UA 22). This is a compilation of speeches delivered at the 1st Annual Marketing Symposium at BYU, sponsored by the Department of Business Management, in 1949.
- Records, 1980-2006 (UA 5451). Contains department records from the Department of Business Management and reports on the Department of Business Management’s accreditation.
Department of Chemical Engineering
- A Half Century of Progress: The History of Chemical Engineering at BYU, 1952-2002 (LD 571 .B6765 C49 2002). A history of the study of chemical engineering at Brigham Young University beginning in 1952 and ending in 2002. Includes an examination of the development of the Department of Chemical Engineering.
- Records, 1953-1991 (UA 375). Includes correspondence and memorandum from the chairman’s office, minutes of meetings, building floor plans, and information concerning policies and activities of the department.
- Annual reports, 1967-1983 (UA 965). This collection contains the annual reports documenting the activities of the Department of Chemical Engineering from 1967 to 1983. It also includes some accreditation reports and grant proposals.
- Faculty meeting minutes, 1964-1986 (UA 964). The Chemical Engineering Department was organized within the Chemistry Department in the fall of 1954. At the same time Civil, Electrical, and Mechanical Departments were also formed but as separate departments, each with its own department chairman. All four departments offered a five-year degree in bachelor of engineering science. The departments were organized within the existing college of physical sciences and the college name was changed to the College of Physical and Engineering Sciences. The Department of Chemical Engineering was removed from under the control of the Department of Chemistry and became a separate department in the fall of 1958. In 1972 the College of Physical and Engineering Sciences was divided and the engineering programs became a part of the new College of Engineering Sciences and Technology.
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
- Chemistry at Brigham Young University, 1879-1995 (UA 1304). A manuscript history of the teaching of chemistry at Brigham Young University covering 1879-1995. It was compiled by Reed M. Izatt and Patricia Zitzman.
- A Brief history of the Chemistry Department of Brigham Young University (UA SC 69). Gives a brief history of the department from its inception.
- Records, 1928-1964 (UA 510). Includes the general department files, and files of the department chair and faculty.
Department of Counseling Psychology and Special Education
- Brigham Young University, Department of Counseling Psychology and Special Education: A Chronological History (LC 571 .B6765 C697 2008). Provides a brief history of the department from its inception, detailing its evolution though the years.
- Department files, 1968-1991 (UA 1051). This collection contains Counseling Psychology and Special Education Department Files from 1968-1991. The collection includes correspondence, faculty files, department files, National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education & Certification files, National Commission on Accreditation of Teacher Education files, and general files.
- Department of Educational Psychology records, 1968-1991 (UA 855). There are 13 boxes in this collection containing accreditation/reaccreditation reports, research tests and results, communicative disorder articles, student files, and department correspondence.
- Educational Psychology Department negatives, 1972-1973 (MSS 3819). This collection contains negatives of students and projects for the Brigham Young University Educational Psychology Department. There are also some contact print sheets of the negatives.
- Department information, 1987-1991 (UA 900). Contains admissions procedures, course outlines and syllabi, program descriptions, handouts, examinations, handbooks, minutes, forms, accreditation reports, faculty vitae, policies, class schedules, and College of Education booklets.
Department of Dance
- A History of Ballroom Dance at Brigham Young University from 1875 to 1998: Focusing on the Significant Contributions of Selected Directors (378.2 W784 1998). Gives a chronological history of the Ballroom Dance program at Brigham Young University focusing on its many directors and the contributions made by them throughout the program’s development.
- The History of Ballet at Brigham Young University (318.2 Sm64 1986). A history of the ballet program at Brigham Young University covering the years 1964 to 1984. Includes information on the inception of the program.
- Records, 1959-2000 (UA 1140). Collection concerning the Department of Dance, and includes dance instructions for a wide variety of dances, Mutual Improvement Association files, meeting minutes, reports, surveys, reviews, memoranda, correspondence, and other materials for the period between 1959 and 2000.
- Records, 1934-1935 (UA 20). Collection includes typewritten essays, stories and poems written by members of an English class taught by Alice Louise Reynolds.
- Department files of English Composition, 1975-1983 (UA 1050). English Composition is a branch of Brigham Young University’s English Department. This collection contains English Composition’s history from 1975-1983. The collection includes scrapbooks, papers, publications, poetry, etc.
- Test booklets, 1986 (MSS 1876). Test booklets on various topics from the English Department.
- Department chair records, 1951-1972 (UA 573). Includes correspondence, minutes, financial reports, grades, curriculum, etc. Restricted access; permission required from the University Archivist.
- English Composition records, 1976-2003 (UA 1338). English Composition is a branch of Brigham Young University’s English Department. This collection contains information pertaining to the English Composition Department. The collection is divided into five series. I. English Research Files (1998-2003). II. Syllabi (2001-2003). III. General Files (1991-1999). IV. Grade Rolls (1992-2002). V. Student Essays (1976-1978). The Research series contains research proposals and materials from both the faculty and students. Syllabi series contains syllabi from English 115 and Advanced Writing classes during the given years. General Files series contains evaluations and other information pertaining to the department. Grade roles series contains grades from English 115 and Advanced Writing during the given years. Student essays series contains essays from English 115 and Advanced Writing during the given years.
- Records, 1978-2006 (UA 1343). This collection contains information and materials concerning three faculty members of the Brigham Young University English Department, namely Leslie Norris, Louise Plummer, and Sally Taylor. Some of their writing samples, memos, newspaper clippings, and paperwork are included in this collection.
- Records, 1987-1990 (UA 1208). This collection consists mainly of syllabi from various English classes from 1987-1990. There is also a folder of correspondence dated from the same time period.
Department of French and Italian
- Records, 1962-1997 (UA 1043). This collection has four series. The first series–Karen Pierotti–contains records kept by the department secretary. It includes correspondence of the Dean, old French exams for French 101, 102, and graduate students. There are also pamphlets and reports regarding language instruction in the schools and at the Missionary Training Center. Karen Pierotti also kept records of the department faculty meetings and the advisory council meetings. The second series–Jennifer Malroney–were kept by another department secretary. This series has correspondence with BYU, other universities, prospective faculty, and students. It also holds the department chair records for Thomas (Tom) Brown. The third series–Madison U. Sowell–holds the records of his career as a professor and as department chair of the French and Italian Department. His professional records includes student letters of recommendation; correspondence with BYU administration, department faculty, students, other universities, and professional correspondence with publishing companies; the Italian Club Newsletter L’Aurora; Honors Program class notes and information; and notes and information for the General Education Council he served on. The fourth and final series–L. Gary Lambert–contains research notes on French authors and French literature, course and teacher evaluations for both French and Religion classes, French course drafts and manuals written by Lambert, Correspondence–personal and professional, study abroad notes, and doctoral dissertation notes and research.
- Records, 1960-1999 (UA 1190). This collection includes test information, meeting minutes, GPA summaries, class lists, and correspondence.
- Records, 1960-2002 (UA 1366). This collection contains information pertaining to faculty members of the Department of French and Italian. Included are Department memos, correspondence, and personal faculty information.
Department of Geological Sciences
- Laboratory Manual for Physical Geology (UA 31). Topographical maps concerning common minerals, rocks, and basic geology.
- Laboratory Manual for Historical Geology (UA 426). Includes a student manual for an introductory class in historical geology at BYU.
- Pamphlet, 1959 (UA 55). Collection includes a list of student publications in the Brigham Young University Research Studies, Geology Series produced from 1954-1958 under the supervision of the Geology faculty.
- Glass lantern geography slides, approximately 1945-1951 (MSS P 644). Glass lantern geography slides, circa 1945-1951 collection contains 29 boxes of geology related glass lantern slides. Glass slides are not accessible for patron use.
- Records, 1971-1991 (UA 1196). This collection pertains to the Department of Geology and includes meeting minutes, scholarship information, TA contracts, geology newsletters, photographs, negatives, slides, annual reports, and theses.
Department of Linguistics and English Language
- Records, 1957-2004 (UA 1222). Collection includes a history of the department, correspondence, concordance of Mormon scriptures, documents from the Translation Sciences Institute, commencement, internships, scholarships, and graduate school materials. Topics include course syllabi, lecture notes, exams, newspaper clippings, student internship records, commencement exercises, and graduation lists.
Department of Mechanical Engineering
- Records, 1957 (UA 397). Course outline, final examination, and letters concerning grade requirements and student absenteeism.
- Records, 1980-1982 (UA 1383). This collection contains files regarding the Engineering CAM (Computer Aided Manufacturing) Lab, including financial records, correspondence, budgets, annual reports, time card records, and awards.
- Records, 2001-2006 (UA 5288). This collection contains: news clips of competitions and events that Mechanical Engineering students participated in; details about the ME Capstone program- what it’s about, what students learn in the program, sponsors & projects; 2006 ME Dept Profile; ME Dept Self-Study Report 2002 ABET Visit; ME Dept Strategic Plan 2005-2008; State of the Dept: Presentations made at the annual faculty retreat 2001-2006; and ME Dept Annual Dept Review 2006.
Department of Military Science
- Records, 1918-1919 (UA 110). Records of the BYU Reserve Officer’s Training Corps. Collection includes reports, memoranda, schedules, lists, statements and correspondence concerning construction, Utah States War Department, George H. Brimhall, and Brigham Young University students in the United States Army.
- Air Force ROTC records (UA 5537). This collection contains historical records from the Brigham Young University Air Force ROTC. The collection includes photographs, newsletters, biographical sketches, and scrapbooks.
- Records, 1954-1957 (UA 392). Records of the Department of Military Science. Contains sample course outlines, exams, recruitment letter, and enrollment guidelines.
Brigham Young University war service letter, 1954-1961 (UA 813). Newsletters contain information on what BYU has to offer to the returning service man, information on the activities of service men who attended BYU and other interesting bits of news.
- Minutes, 1991-1993 (UA SC 104). Records of the Department of Military Science. Contains the department meeting minutes for 1991-1993.
- Records (UA 5549). This collection includes student records, correspondence, minutes, and faculty files of the Brigham Young University Department of Military Science.
Department of Physiology and Developmental Biology
- Records, 1960-1994 (UA 1195). The collection contains the meeting minutes of the Department of Zoology from 1960-1978 as well as miscellaneous awards from 1984-1994. These awards include the Karl G. Maeser Distinguished Teacher Award, the Karl G. Maeser Research and Creative Arts Award, the Karl G. Maeser Excellence in Teaching Award, the Karl G. Maeser Distinguished Faculty Lecturer Award, and the Phi Kappa Phi Faculty Award.
Department of Political Science
- Records, 1952-1965 (UA 526). Includes correspondence of the Department Chair, examinations, class outlines, and student term papers selected by the Department.
- Records, 1955-1956 (UA 267). Collection includes multiple choice and essay examinations administered to senior students majoring in political science.
- General College records, 1959-1961 (MSS 581). Newspaper clippings, surveys, articles, reports, brochures, and statements that were collected by the Political Science Department of Brigham Young University. The materials relate to the issues involved in “Proposition Nr. 1” which would repeal the “council-manager” form of government for the city of Provo, Utah.
- Department of Government records, 1968-1981 (UA 705). The Department of Political Science existed briefly as the Department of Government, ca. 1971-1981.
- Records, 1965-1993 (UA 1200). This collection consists of three series. The first is simply correspondence with those in the Political Science Department and also meeting minutes. The second and third consist of student papers and student files.
Department of Psychology
- Clinical psychology records (UA 5440). This collection includes American Psychology Association accreditation reports, accreditation handbooks, annual self-study reports, and a newsletter from the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers.
Department of Recreation Management and Youth Leadership
- Records, 1982-1997 (UA 1192). Included in this collection are accreditation reports, scholarly journals, symposium notes and programs, course outlines, leave of absence forms, minutes, evaluations, and surveys.
Department of Sociology
- Records, 1940-1970 (UA 554). Includes records and correspondence of the department chair, department meeting minutes, general department information, and a brief history of the department, 1906-1954.
- Records, 1955-1989 (UA 1251). This collection is made up of two series. The first consists of department meeting minutes, faculty class schedules, and faculty load reports, along with other miscellaneous reports, self-studies, and correspondence. The second series consists of part-time faculty files.
Department of Teacher Education
- Records, 1973-1995 (UA 1245). This collection contains correspondence and information about the restructuring of the elementary program.
School of Accountancy
- School of Accountancy and Information Systems 1876-1990, J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott School of Management, Brigham Young University (HF 5001 .W66x 1991). Gives a history of the School of Accountancy, including its origins and evolution over time.
- School of Accountancy records, 1976-1995 (UA 5305). Series I: Contains budgets, audits and memorandums from the School of Accountancy. Series II: Contains faculty files and department meeting minutes. Series III: Contains reports, letters and minutes of the Institute of Professional Accountancy from Department Chair K. Fred Skousen.
School of Family Life
- Records, 1978-1998 (UA 1206). This collection consists of annual reports of the Marriage and Family Therapy Department, correspondence, meeting minutes, admissions information, and student records.
School of Music
- Biographical Sketches of BYU Music Department Faculty, undated (UA 305). Contains brief biographical sketches of Gustav Buggert, Don L. Earl, George W. Fitzroy, Joseph Keeler, Lawrence Sardoni, John Wakefield, Franklin Madsen, and Gerrit de Jong.
- John R. Halliday papers (MSS 4105). The collection primarily tracks Halliday's career in music education at Brigham University; it includes course materials, memory and photo scrapbooks, sheet music, choral instruction manuals, and microfilm recordings of individual student recitals, group concerts.
- School of Music faculty historical information files (UA 5538). This collection contains histories of faculty members who taught in the Brigham Young University School of Music between 1925 and 2008. The histories consist of oral histories, scrapbooks, reminiscences, and musical performances. The oral histories are in both DVD format and printed. The music is on DVDs.
- Records 1931-1971 (UA 522). Contains files of the department chair, and general department and faculty records, including correspondence, minutes, procedures, publications, and a sampling of class outlines and examinations.
- Music programs, 1948-2000 (UA 761). Annual compilations of programs distributed at music performances. Each volume contains programs for a given school year. Collection lacks volumes for 1982-83 through 1995-96; also 1997-98 and 1998-99.
- A. Harold Goodman papers (MSS 6931). The A. Harold Goodman papers contains notes regarding the revision of the Mormon hymnbook, agendas regarding meetings of the Music Department, a program for a production put on by the church, and two copies of sheet music called "I Heard Him Come."
- Records, 1973-1996 (UA 1226). This collection contains documents outlining music classes given at BYU, different musical teaching opportunities, how to teach children music, and various files on primary and the Music Department.
- Compiled Information on the Alfred Newman Concert at Brigham Young University,  (UA 835). Concert sponsored by the BYU College of Fine Arts and Communications in memory of Alfred Newman and Ken Darby, film composer and film music arranger, respectively. Includes program; advertisement; article from "The Cue Sheet"; and twenty-eight photographs of Ken Darby, performers, guests, and recording equipment. Compiled in 1997 by James V. D'Arc.
- Alumni Association deceased alumni records, 1875-2006 (UA 636). This collection contains information on deceased alumni gathered by the Alumni Association. It consists primarily of obituaries and student information sheets which contain vital information on the deceased. Birth dates, marriage dates, death dates, dates of attendance at BYU. Spousal and family information should be recognizable by viewing the obituary and included student information of each deceased alumni.
- Records, 1893-1975 (UA 541). Includes constitution, by-laws, and procedures of the Association. Also includes lists of officers, members, and organizations; also records of fund drives, activities and projects. Also includes receipt books, minutes, correspondence, surveys, news clippings, press releases, and class and club histories.
- Record of life memberships, approximately 1900-1950 (UA 975). One bound volume listing the life members of the Brigham Young Alumni Association. The memberships appear to have been purchased in the early to mid-twentieth century.
- Records, 1905-1922 (UA 130). Collection includes handwritten and typewritten summary lists of donations, endowments and contributions to the Karl G. Maeser Memorial Building exclusive of the property in deed of trust and the appropriations of the trustee-in-trust, and a brief financial history of Brigham Young University.
- Historical records, 1937-1987 (UA 1006). This collection includes periodicals and records of alumni activities including Homecomings and Founder’s Day celebrations.
- Alumni Relations records, 1955-1983 (UA 1133). This collection contains various records, correspondence, and articles relating to Alumni Relations. Contains information pertaining to Aspen Grove, Athletic Activities, Development, Faculty, and other files.
- Records, 1967 (UA 450). Contains information and addresses about Founder’s Day at BYU. Also includes two addresses by Harold B. Lee and Karl Maeser.
- Activity files, 1967-1988 (UA 968). This collection includes files and correspondence from the Alumni Association's activities for Founders' Days, homecomings, and reunions.
- KBYU: BYU Broadcasting: The Beginning: An Autobiographical Sketch, written by Owen Rich (BX 8670.1 .R375 2010). Includes several chapters regarding the creation and service of KBYU radio and television in its early years, as well as chapters relating to its later history and success.
- Personal histories of Owen S. and Ora Rich, 1922-2006 (MSS 5784). Owen S. Rich was a pioneer of radio and television programming at Brigham Young University. He taught in the Department of Communications and was the founder of KBYU-FM and KBYU television. This collection includes information relating to the communications courses that Rich taught at BYU. It also includes an autobiography of his career in broadcast education.
- Audiotapes and related records, 1934-1983 (UA 1311). KBYU reel-to-reel tapes, program logs, photos, negatives, and slides.
- BYU-related photographs and material, 1940-1960 (UA 1142). This collection contains photographs and other materials related to the history of KBYU television and radio.
- Owen S. Rich papers, 1949-1998 (MSS 2127). This collection includes information relating to the communications courses that Rich taught at BYU. It also includes an autobiography of his career in broadcast education.
- Department records, 1962-1987 (UA 1017). Records of the Broadcast Services Department. The records were organized into six series: I. Correspondence, 1969-1985; II. Meeting Minutes, 1976-1987; III. Committees and Councils, 1976-1979; IV. KBYU, 1962-1987; V. Organizations, 1972-1985; and VI. Broadcast Services General Files, 1962-1985.
- Records, 1964-1967 (UA 282). Records of the Learning Resource Division (since the 1970’s, the Resources Division has been known as Broadcast Services). Collection includes files of the director, assistant directors and departments, and a brief history of the division.
- Records, 1975-1989 (UA 1209). Records of the Broadcast Services Department. This collection consists of correspondence for KBYU, agendas and schedules for radio and television broadcasts, and minutes of meetings.
- William Rolfe Kerr files, 1976-1983 (UA 933). Administrative files of W. Rolfe Kerr, executive vice president at BYU, 1980-1984. Includes files relating to KBYU (radio and television and other topics. Includes correspondence, reports, and other information, some predating Kerr’s appointment.
- Speech and videos on KBYU, 1987-1990 (UA 989). This collection contains a speech given by Rich on the establishment of KBYU. It also includes a video documenting Rich’s career at KBYU.
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