Brigham Young University. Missionary Dept.

The Missionary Department was established within Brigham Young University in 1903. Starting in the 1904 to 1905 school year, the Missionary Department existed within the Preparatory School until the department merged into the High School in 1907 as a missionary course. The principal for the department was Orin W. Jarvis.

Variant Names

Brigham Young University. Missionary School


Established: 1903

Abolished: 1904

Location: Provo, Utah (1903-1904)


Between 1903 and 1904, the Missionary Department was organized to prepare missionaries by supplying them information they would need in the field of labor. For this purpose, the department provided an environment for missionaries to discuss doctrines, principles, and bear testimony in an effort to lighten the burden of worldliness placed on young men. Courses of Theology, Reading, Singing, English, and Foreign Languages also helped prepare the missionaries who were required to have a call from the First Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to serve as its representatives in order to enroll in the Missionary Department.

Assets and Administrative Structure

The Missionary Department was directed by a principal, under the direction of the president of the university. Starting in 1904, the Missionary Department was under the jurisdiction of the Preparatory School, which was also directed by a principal, until it merged into Brigham Young High School.

Associated Units

Superior unit: Brigham Young University (1903-1904)

Superior unit: Brigham Young University. Preparatory School (1904-1907)

Later unit: Brigham Young High School (Provo, Utah) (1907)


Brigham Young Academy Annual, 1902-1903: p. 114-117 (Missionary Department functions, requirements, and courses)

Brigham Young Academy Annual, 1903-1904: p. 137 (Missionary Department course Foreign Languages)

Brigham Young University Annual Catalogue, 1904-1905: p. 145 (Missionary Department in the Preparatory School)

Brigham Young University Quarterly Annual Catalog, 1907: p. 85 (Missionary Department merges into Brigham Young High School as the Missionary Course)

Brigham Young University, 1975: v. 1 p. 375 (Missionary School, 1903; Orin W. Jarvis, principal) v. 1. p. 467 (Missionary Department, 1904)

Maintenance Information

Record ID: EAC-2009-00068

Creator: UPB