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Lighting the Y

As mentioned in President Worthen’s devotional address earlier this month, the lighting of the Y has been a long tradition at Brigham Young University. The first lighting was made in 1924, and became a regular event at special events in the years that followed. As described in an early newspaper account, members of the student …

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Contributions of the Class of 1891: O. W. Andelin

While other members of the Class of 1891 later returned to teach at Brigham Young Academy and Brigham Young University, O. W. Andelin joined the faculty immediately after receiving his collegiate degree with the BYA class of 1893. Over a twenty year teaching career he contributed to the growth of the university, though, as his …

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Collection on University Faculty and Staff

For researchers interested in the growth, development, achievements, and character of the Brigham Young University faculty and staff, the compiled sources available in the University Archives Collection on University Faculty and Staff (UA 909) is a valuable resource. The collection includes a wide range of sources aggregated by archives staff and filed under the name …

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Susa Young Gates and Brigham Young University

In preparation for this year’s Brimhall Essay Contest, a new popular search topic is now available on resources for Susa Young Gates in the University Archives. While many of the most important primary sources on Gates’s life are held in other repositories, there are some useful records available locally that may be used for writing …

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Contributions of the Class of 1891: Thomas J. Yates

Another member of the Class of 1891 was Thomas Jarvis Yates, who is remembered as the first seminary teacher in the Church. While he pursued a career as a mechanical engineer following his graduation from Brigham Young Academy, Yates retained a love of teaching throughout his life. Thomas J. Yates Thomas Jarvis was born in …

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April Fool’s Day, 1916

As suggested by our folklore collections, there is a fairly strong tradition of April Fool’s Day pranks found in the Utah and the Intermountain West. Contemporary newspaper accounts provide useful documentation on the establishment of the holiday in the region. The first references to the April Fool’s in Utah appeared in non-Mormon newspapers in the …

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Contributions of the Class of 1891: Edwin S. Hinckley

The twenty-one students in the Brigham Young Academy Class of 1891 made significant contributions to the development of the university during their time as students, including the establishment of the first student newspaper, The B.Y.A. Student, and the institution of school colors. In part, these programs reflected the growing influence of Benjamin Cluff following his …

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Christmas at the Y, 1915

With finals coming to an end and students heading home, I wanted to share the a short entry taken from the student newspaper, The White and Blue, one hundred years ago. The paper, which was established in 1897, ran a Christmas issue every year featuring short stories, poetry, and other seasonal content. The December 1915 …

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Establishing school colors

When thinking of the university, one of the most common associations is the school’s colors: BYU, white and blue. According to the university’s centennial history, the colors were adopted in 1892 during the administration of Benjamin Cluff. However, Eugene Robert’s 1947 biography of Cluff claims the school colors were introduced during Cluff’s time as Assistant …

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Brimhall Essay Contest

Each year the descendants of former Brigham Young University president George H. Brimhall honor the founders of the university by sponsoring the Brimhall Essay Contest. Held in conjunction with the university’s Homecoming celebrations, the contest is designed to introduce students to the individuals who have helped to shape Brigham Young University’s unique institutional character. This …

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