Brigham Young University. Purchasing Dept.

The Purchasing Department was created in 1921 to have a single department in charge of purchasing all supplies and services for the university. In 1973 the Purchasing Department was merged into the Church Central Purchasing Department of the Church of Jesus Christ with the title Provo Area Office, but retained its name. Head purchasing agents included Kiefer Sauls (1921-1946), and Cornelius R. Peterson (1946-1975).

Variant names

Brigham Young University. Purchasing and Receiving Warehouse


Established: 1921

Abolished: 1973

Location: Provo, Utah (1921-1973)


The function of the Purchasing Department was to purchase any supplies or services required by the university and distribute accordingly. This includes food services, furniture, gasoline for university vehicles, and materials for campus grounds. In additions the BYU Purchasing Department helped facilitated purchasing for all Church Education System schools and the Provo Temple for a time, as well as Utah Valley Hospital.

Assets and Administrative Structure

The department was under the direction of the head purchasing agent who reported to University Special Services (1953-1955), Student Personnel Services (1955-1958), Auxiliary Services (1958-1969), Vice-President of Business (1969-1973), Assistant Vice-President for Business Affairs (1973-1975), and Assistant Vice-President of the Physical Plant (1972-1979), and the Vice-President of Support Services.

Associated Units

Superior Unit: Brigham Young University. Auxiliary Services (1954-1969)

Superior unit: Brigham Young University. Physical Facilities Division (1951-1973)

Associated Archival Materials

Brigham Young University Purchasing Department Records, 1955-1975 (UA 354)

Brigham Young University General Services Records, 1957-1984 (UA 1365, Box 19 Folder 5)

Centennial history: Office of the Executive Vice-president (UA SC 82)


Brigham Young University The First Hundred Years, 1975: v. 3 p. 653-655 (Kiefer Sauls (1921-1946); Cornelius R. Peterson (1946-1973); aid to Church Education System schools)

Brigham Young University Purchasing Department Records, 1955-1975 (Provo Area Office, coordination of food services, furniture, gasoline, materials for campus grounds, Provo Temple, and Utah Valley Hospital)

Brigham Young University self-evaluation report, 1956 (Purchasing and Receiving Warehouse)

Maintenance Information

Record ID: EAC-2010-00222

LCCN: no2009068479

Creator: UPB and ANG