Brigham Young University. Commercial School

The Commercial School was established in 1903 when Brigham Young Academy was organized into eight schools or departments under the direction of an approved principal. Later in 1909, the Commercial School merged into the Brigham Young High School.


Established: 1903

Abolished: 1909

Location: Provo, Utah (1903-1909)


Between 1903 and 1909, the Commercial School was organized to equip students with strong, moral, social, and spiritual character in order to receive competitive business training. For this purpose, the school provided a four years' business course, a brief course in bookkeeping, a special course in bookkeeping and arithmetic, a brief course in shorthand and typewriting, a special course in shorthand and typewriting, and a brief course in telegraphy.

Assets and Administrative Structure

The Commercial School was directed by Joseph B. Keeler, Principal, under the direction of the president of the university. In addition, the Commercial School also administered the high school commercial curriculum during the early part of President Brimhall's presidency.

Associated Units

Superior unit: Brigham Young University (1903-1909)

Later unit: Brigham Young High School (Provo, Utah) (1909)

Associated Archival Materials

Brochures of the Brigham Young Academy and University, 1898-1916 (UA 605)

Edna Dorton Report Card, 1907-1908 (UA 5284)


Brigham Young Academy Annual, 1902-1903: p. 10 (Joseph B. Keeler, Principal) p. 51-66 (courses and coursework listed) p. 53 (Commercial School functions)

Brigham Young University and Church Normal Training School Catalogue, 1906-1907: p. 89 (Commercial School functions)

Brigham Young University Quarterly Annual Catalogue, 1909: p. 79 (Commercial Department)

Brigham Young University, 1975: v. 1, p. 374-375 (Academy division of departments and schools; list of departments, schools, and principals) v.1, p. 489 (Commercial school administers high school curriculum)

Maintenance Information

Record ID:EAC-2009-00054

Creator: UPB