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Roots of Knowledge collection

Identifier: AR 358

Scope and Contents note

This collection contains materials created in the development of the Roots of Knowledge window; notes written by faculty and Holdman studio staff, pieces of stained glass, concept sketches, digital renderings of the windows, items related to the unveiling ceremony, posters and flyers related to subsequent events held in the the gallery.


  • 2008-2022


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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

Conceived by Utah artist Tom Holdman and former Utah Valley University President Matthew Holland, Roots of Knowledge combines the work, guidance, and study of 40+ professional artists, 26 UVU scholars and hundreds of UVU students. Roots of Knowledge was unveiled as a permanent installation in the Fulton Library – the heart of the campus – on Nov. 18, 2016. The project was made possible through a public private initiative led by UVU and Holdman Studios with funding from a generous donor community. The west-facing window wall is lit by natural light, and the gallery has become a space for ongoing university events and thought leadership, where the arts and education can flourish.

A fusion of art, education, and public space, Roots of Knowledge starts with the dawn of humanity and ends with the present day. The series of stained glass windows chronicles the human quest for intellectual advancement and progress. The panes are vibrantly colored glass paintings and interpretations of world history, including major inventions such as the Mayan Calendar and the printing press; important figures such as Joan of Arc and the Kangxi Emperor; major world events, such as Scotland’s Declaration of Arbroath and the American Civil Rights Movement; and thousands of other historical figures, tools, and events. Altogether, Roots of Knowledge incorporates thousands of pieces of glass, as well as actual rock, fossils, coins, meteorite, petrified wood, and coral.


18.71 Linear Feet (20 containers)


This collection is comprised of materials relating to the Roots of Knowledge stained glass window located in the Bingham Gallery of the Fulton Library at UVU.

Arrangement note

Series arrangement as follows: Development, Holdman Studios, Informational Material, Unveiling Ceremony, Activities and Events, Concept Art, Large cut glass, Medium cut glass, Small cut glass, Tiny cut glass, Tools, Roots of Knowledge Artifacts, Newspaper articles, Concept Art sketch book, Event posters, Oversized glass, Oversized concept art, Mind maps

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Fulton Library and Holdman Studios

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 Rebekah Westrup, Archives Specialist
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Revision Statements

  • 2022 March: Edited for description and organization errors; Amy Roberts, Archives Specialist.
  • 2022 October: Materials added to collection (see related accessions); Amy Roberts, Archives Specialist.

Repository Details

Part of the Fulton Library George Sutherland Archives Repository

800 West University Parkway
MS 145
Orem Utah 84058 United States