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University Archives: Brimhall Essay Contest

Guide to the University Archives at L. Tom Perry Special Collections

About the 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.

The L. Tom Perry Special Collections preserves and makes available a range of manuscript and archival resources documenting the contributions of the university's founders. A bibliography of related materials is available below. If you would like to learn more about the resources available for this year's founder, contact the University Archivist.

Jesse and Amanda Knight Bibliography

Archival Materials

Jesse Knight papers , 1856-1945 (MSS 1434;

Jesse Knight autobiography, 1896-1913 (MSS SC 939;

Darrell and Gordon W. Knight collection on Jesse Knight, 1897-1949 (MSS 7598;


Golding, Barton M. "Jesse Knight: The Stewartship of a Wealthy Saint." Mormon Heritage Magazine 1, no. 6 (March-April 1995): 9.

Gourley, Roland M. "The Story of Jesse Knight." Master's thesis, Utah State Agricultural College, 1935.

Hunter, J. Michael. "Jesse Knight and His Humbug Mine." Pioneer 51, no. 2 (2004): 9-15.

Knight, Jesse William. The Jesse Knight Family: Jesse Knight, His Forebears and Family. Salt Lake City: Deseret News Press, 1940. (accessed July 23, 2020).

Mangum, Diane L. "Jesse Knight and the Riches of Life." Ensign (October 1993). (accessed July 23, 2020).

Mangum, Jennie Knight. "History of Amanda M. McEwan." Familysearch. (accessed July 23, 2020).

Meager, Amber. "Amanda Knight an Important Woman in BYU History." Daily Universe, March 15, 2000. (accessed July 23, 2020). 

Pardoe, T. Earl. The Sons of Brigham. Provo, Utah: BYU Alumni Association, 1969.

Peterson, Richard H. The Bonanza Kings: The Social Origins and Business Behavior of Western Mining Entrepreneurs, 1870-1900. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1977.

Peterson, Richard H. "Jesse Knight, Utah's Mormon Mining Mogul." Utah Historical Quarterly 57, no. 3 (Summer 1989): 42-55. (accessed July 23, 2020).

Peterson, Richard H. Bonanza Rich: Lifestyles of the Western Mining Entrepreneurs. Moscow, Idaho: University of Idaho Press, 1991.

Peterson, Richard H. "Knight, Jesse," in Utah History Encyclopedia, edited by Allen Ken Powell, (accessed July 23, 2020). 

Reese, Gary Fuller. "'Uncle Jesse': the Story of Jesse Knight, Miner, Industrialist, Philanthropist." Master's thesis, Brigham Young University, 1961. (accessed July 23, 2020).

Thompsen, George A. "The Mormon Wizard." Frontier Times 43, no. 3 (April-May 1969): 26.

Winters, Charlene R. "Jesse Knight: Sterling Benefactor Honored for Founders Day." BYU Magazine 54, no. 3 (Fall 2000): 55-56. (accessed July 23, 2020).

Wirthin, Joseph L. "Jesse Knight--The Man and His Goodness." BYU Speeches of the Year (1958). Audio recording available at (accessed July 23, 2020).

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