Brigham Young University. Bureau of Church Studies

The Bureau of Church Studies was an institution within Brigham Young University that gathered information and conducted statistical studies on Church membership. The earliest date for the Bureau is 1957, and the latest date is 1962, with Howard C. Nielson acting as chairman.


Established: circa 1957

Abolished: circa 1962

Location: Provo, Utah (1957-1962)


During the 1950s and early 60s, the Bureau of Church Studies gathered statistical data and conducted membership studies for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Data gathered included personal surveys from members about background characteristics, opinions about the Church, and Church activity. The population distribution of the Church was also analyzed in an effort to determine locations of possible junior colleges in the Church educational system to relieve high enrollment and Brigham Young University.

Assets and Administrative Structure

The Brigham Young University Bureau of Church Affairs was lead by a chairman, under the direction of president of Brigham Young University.

Associated Units

Superior unit: Brigham Young University (1957-1962)

Associated Archival Materials

Questionaire, 1962 (UA 367)

Statistical Studies (UA 402)

Church Activity Study (BX 8650 .C462c 1959)


Questionaire, 1962 (UA 367) (collection of membership infomation; organization dates)

Statistical Studies (UA 402) (population distribution data)

Church Activity Studies (BX 8650 .C462c 1959): p. 5-6 (Howard C. Neilson, chairman; organization dates)

Maintenance Information

Record ID:EAC-2011-00006

Creator: KAS