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Collection Overview +/-
Collection Inventory +/-
box 1, folder 1: Abravanel, Maurice - Aydelott, Gale Benton
box 1, folder 2: Beeley, Mrs. A.L. (Glenn J.) - Bradshaw, Berenice Harriet Jewett
box 1, folder 3: Brown, Ross - Buzza, Robert E.
box 1, folder 4: Carleson, Fred A. - Eccles, Spencer
box 1, folder 5: Faust, Clarence H - Grooters, Donald J.
box 1, folder 6: Hansen, Beatrice - Huntsman, Karen H.
box 1, folder 7: Jones, Kennth - Lloyd, Ralph W.
box 1, folder 8: MacInnes, Gordon A. - Moore, Patrick S.
box 1, folder 9: Nibley, Hugh - Ostroff, Anthony J.
box 1, folder 10: Palmer, J. Richard - Pratt, Robert
box 2, folder 1: Rampton, Calvin L. - Simpson, Elizabeth H.
box 2, folder 2: Smith, Helen W. - Turner, William
box 2, folder 3: Van Winkle, Richard - Weyher, Robert F.
box 2, folder 4: Wheatlake, Burton - Zogg, William B.
box 2, folder 5: Index: Honorary Degree lists
Biographical Note/Historical Note +/-
Honorary degrees were first conferred upon individuals by Westminster College in 1945. The first degree was awarded to The Rev. Herbert Ware Reherd, President Emeritus of Westminster College. Honorary degrees have continued to be awarded each year, with the exception of 1946. From 1945-1989, one hundred and fifty-nine degrees were awarded and are represented by this collection. While this collection ends in 1989, degrees have continued to be awarded. The last degree in this collection was awarded to Sr. Robert F. Weyher (Doctor of Humane Letters). Honorary degrees are often given to contributors to the college and their family members. Prominent names included are Eccles, Duddy, Hogle, Buzza, Hansen, Malouf, Matheson, and Wheatlake. Also, beginning in 1976, Special Awards began to be given to individuals comparable to honorary degrees. The Board of Trustees Medallion for Distinguished Achievement was the first of the Special Awards, as was given to Dr. Manford A. Shaw, as retiring President of Westminster College. Other such awards include the Distinguished Scholar Award given to Dr. Keith Good in 1977, for maintaining a 4.0 grade point average in 76 class hours during the previous two years at the age of 73. Also in 1977, the Presidential Citation was given to Elizabeth Syme for serving Westminster College as the coordinator of the Shaw Center for 23 years. Twelve Honorary degrees were awarded to women. The first woman who received it was The Reverend Cristina C. Albana, Doctor of Pedagogy in 1967.
Content Description +/-
This collection consists of the citations and letters of introduction for the recipients of honorary degree awarded to various individuals between 1945 and 1989 by Westminster College, Salt Lake City, Utah. It also includes a list of recipients from 1946-2006 and other honorary degree indices.
The majority of records are copies of the citations read during Commencement Exercises, and a few Convocations honoring the recipients. Citations were most often read by members of the Board of Trustees, faculty members, or other prominent individuals connected with the College. Each citation includes a brief biographical sketch of the degree recipient that emphasizes the impact the individual made to the Westminster community and/or to the surrounding society. Typical degrees include: Doctor of Humanities (D.H.), Doctor of Humane Letters, Doctor of Sacred Theology (S.T.D.), Doctor of Divinity (D.D.), Doctor of Laws (LL.D.), Doctor of Civil Law (D.C.L.), Doctor of Music (Mus.D.), and Doctor of Letters (Litt.D.). Other degrees presented by Westminster College are Doctor of Education (Ed.D.), Doctor of Pedagogy (D.Paed.), Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.), Doctor of Literature (D.L) and Doctor of Science (D.S).
The files also include information on Dr. Hugh Nibley. He did not receive an honorary degree; however, he was a candidate and was supported by Kenneth Calder, Professor of French at Westminster College. Dr. Nibley was not the recipient in the following year. He remains the only entry into the collection who did not received an honorary degree. The records were organized in 1976, during President Manford Shaw's administration. The most consistent and complete records were kept during President Fred Arbogast's administration (1963-1968).
The final file (Box 2, Folder 5) labelled "Index: Honorary Degree lists" contains:
Gaps in the collection: citations are missing for Robert Denham Steele (1952), Theodore Roosevelt McKeldin (1952), Walter W. Wampler (1952), John M. Wallace (1954), Manford Avis Shaw (1957), George Keith Funston (1961), Hugh Nibley (1977), and Will Steger (1991).
Collection Use +/-
Restrictions on Access:
Open to public research.
Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.
Twenty-four hours advance notice is encouraged.
Restrictions on Use:
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances.
Permission to publish material must be obtained from the director of the Giovale Library.
Westminster College President's Office honorary degree citations, 1945-2006, ACC-075, Giovale Library Archives, Westminster College, Salt Lake City, Utah.
Administrative Information +/-
Arranged alphabetically by the name of the degree recipient.
The President's Office transferred these records to the Archives in June 2003.
Processed by Alana Dela Cruz in June 2005 and revised by Arlinda Shtylla in February 2007. While the honorary degree materials were initially contained within the Commencement records collection (ACC-069), they were separated to form this Honorary degree citations collection (ACC-075).
Westminster College (Salt Lake City, Utah : 1902-1983). President's Office
Westminster College of Salt Lake City. Office of the President
Westminster College (Salt Lake City, Utah : 1998- ). President's Office
Collection materials are in English.
0.4 linear feet
Language of the Finding Aid:
Author of the Finding Aid:
Finding aid written by Alana Dela Cruz in June 2005 and revised by Arlinda Shtylla in February 2007.
EAD Creation Date:
2012 October 15 by Sarah Shaw
Describing Archives : A Content Standard (DACS)
Related collections in Giovale Library Archives:
These related collections further document the process of selecting degree recipients, often contain additional biographical information on the recipients (such as newspaper articles and photographs) as well as copies of speeches given by the recipients.
Westminster College (Salt Lake City, Utah : 1902-1983)--Awards
Academic decorations of honor--Utah--Salt Lake City
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Salt Lake City (Utah)--History--Sources