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Oscar Jesperson papers

Identifier: AR 600Jes

Scope and Contents note

This collection contains materials used or collected by Oscar Jesperson during his tenure at what is now Utah Valley University. Material types include documents, photographs, negatives, slides, cassette tapes, floppy discs, and ephemera. Document types include correspondence, minutes, agendas, articles, job postings, curriculum and course materials, salary and pay information, newsletters, materials related to the development of programs and departments, audits, evaluations, calendars, resumes, concurrent enrollment and tenure files, etc.


  • 1960-2008


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Conditions Governing Access note

Access to the collection is open with assistance from the archivist or staff.

Conditions Governing Use note

Open for research. Copyright for Official University records is held by Utah Valley University; all other copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Biographical/Historical note

Oscar F. Jesperson, Jr. taught at what is now Utah Valley University for thirty-five years, from 1972-2007. At various times he taught classes in English, geography, government, history, music, and psychology. During the sixteen years he spent as department chair he transformed the General Studies department into the History and Political Science department. He served as the president of the Goodwill Association for twenty years, and was selected as Teacher of the Year by the Alumni Association twice (1979 and 1997). He received his B.A. in History from San Francisco State University and his M.A. in United States History and Junior College Administration from Brigham Young University.


6 Linear Feet (12 boxes)


This collection contains materials used or collected by Oscar Jesperson during his tenure at what is now Utah Valley University.

Arrangement note

Series arrangement is as follows: 1. correspondence; 2. minutes/agendas; 3. newspaper/articles; 4. job postings; 5. newsletters; 6. curriculum/courses; 7. pamphlets; 8. salary/pay info; 9. LDS Institute of Religion; 10. 4-Year degree development - History; 11. conference/seminar materials; 12. photographs/negatives and slides; 13. Mongolia; 14. Asian studies; 15. Eastern studies; 16. cassette tapes; 17. awards; 18. policy/procedure; 19. budget; 20. floppy discs; 21. program development; 22. concurrent enrollment; 23. Topaz; 24. strategic planning; 25. tenure; 26. Oscar Jesperson transcript; 27. retirees; 28. political science program; 29. National Center for the Study of History; 30. Phi Alpha Theta; 31. ephemera; 32.audit report; 33. central Utah project; 34. faculty/committees; 35. maps; 36. fact sheets/timelines; 37. monthly themes; 38. mission statement; 39. class materials; 40. calendars; 41. program review; 42. accreditation; 43. distance education; 44. tentative master plan; 45. enrollment/statistics; 46. audit; 47. cooperative education/placement; 48. proposals/applications; 49. programs/invitations; 50. manuscript; 51. notes; 52. cheating/plagiarism; 53. evaluations; 54. resumes; 55. vita/biographies; 56. semester conversion; 57. economic impact; 58. housing; 59. blueprints/plans; and 60. miscellaneous.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Oscar Jesperson.

Related Archival Materials note

AR 533.32 - A Dedicated Voice; Festscrift in Honor of Oscar F. Jesperson, Jr. and his 35 Years of Service to UTC, UVCC and UVSC (2007)

Acknowledgment of Bias and Harmful Content

The Sutherland Archives recognizes there are materials in our collections that may be offensive or harmful. Materials may contain language or depictions that are racist, sexist, Eurocentric, ableist, homophobic, etc. We present such materials unaltered to preserve context and to present a complete historical record. Sutherland Archives staff is making efforts to update our finding aids to acknowledge offensive content.

Finding aid prepared by Aimee Bastarache, Archives Assistant
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Revision Statements

  • 2022 February: Edited for description and organization errors; Amy Roberts, Archives Specialist, and Blake MacDonald, Archives Aide.

Repository Details

Part of the Fulton Library George Sutherland Archives Repository

800 West University Parkway
MS 145
Orem Utah 84058 United States