Brigham Young University. Library. Archives

In an effort to adaquately care for archival material to document the history of the University, Archives was first organized under the direction of Dr. S. Lyman Tyler by Ralph Hansen in 1956. The bulk of the archival materials had previously been kept in the crawl space behind the facade in the Maeser Memorial Building. In 1961 the University's archival records were moved to the J. Reuben Clark Jr. Library. Naomi Rich oversaw the first half of the move in 1961 and Ralph Hansen oversaw the second half. Following the move to the new library, the Archives department was then known as the J. Reuben Clark, Jr., Library University Archives Division.

Variant names


BYU Archives

Brigham Young University Archives

J. Reuben Clark, Jr., Library University Archives Division


Established: 1956

Location: Provo, Utah (1956-1961)


Responsible to develop a program of record management and provide facilities essential to the care and preservation of archival materials created by B.Y.U. and the Unified Church System. The library was in charge of preserving and compiling Brigham Young University historical records in order to prepare for the centennial history.

Assets and Administrative Structure

Organized by Ralph Hansen in 1956 under the direction of Dr. S. Lyman Tyler (Dircetor of Libraries.)

Associated Units

Superior unit: Brigham Young University (1903)

Later unit: J. Reuben Clark, Jr., Library. University Archives Division (1961-1973)

Later unit: Harold B. Lee Library. Archives and Manuscripts (1974-1991)

Later unit: Harold B. Lee Library. Special Collections and Manuscripts (1991-1999)

Later unit: Harold B. Lee Library. L. Tom Perry Special Collections (1999-present
The date "present" was not understood.

Associated Archival Materials

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Brigham Young University centennial history, 1875-1975, p. 142-144, Information Gathered: organized under Dr. Tyler and Ralph Hansen. purposes of the archives.

Ralph W. Hansen Papers: Interview Transcript, 25 June 2006, p. 2, 9, 11-12, Information Gathered: archives kept in Maeser crawl space before 1961. Naomi Rich--head librarian, oversaw first half of library move in 1961, Ralph Hansen oversaw second half.

History of the Harold B. Lee Library, 2012, URL:, Information Gathered: J. Reuben Clark Library completed in 1961, renamed HBLL in 1973.

Maintenance Information

Record ID: EAC-2012-00006

Creator: UPB