Utah Valley University Digital Collections
Table of Contents
Collection Overview +/-
Collection Inventory +/-
Box 1, Folder 1-6: name change for college (1963-1991)
Box 1, Folder 1: correspondence with Wilson S. Sorenson (1963-1979)
Box 1, Folder 2: bills (circa 1978-1979)
Box 1, Folder 3: correspondence during President Higbee administration (1982-1986)
Box 1, Folder 4: notes/research (undated)
Box 1, Folder 5: defenses/essays (undated)
Box 1, Folder 6: minutes, proposals/resolutions, press, and college buildings (1977-1991)
Box 1, Folder 7-11: personnel rosters (1956-1986)
Box 1, Folder 12: search for president (1982-1987)
Box 1, Folder 13-15: salary schedules (1947-1975)
Box 2, Folder 1: President Sorenson Emeritus and Retirement Recognition (1960-1985)
Box 2, Folder 2: maps of campus and school songs (1957-1987)
Box 2, Folder 3-5: school newspapers (1944-1972)
Box 2, Folder 6: Board of Regents (1974-1990)
Box 2, Folder 7-8: Institutional Council (1979-1991)
Box 2, Folder 9: legislation affecting Utah Technical College at Provo (undated)
Box 2, Folder 10: student body (1946-1973)
Box 3, Folder 1-2: awards (1971-1987)
Box 3, Folder 1-3: logo (history) (circa 1945-1987)
Box 3, Folder 4: inventory (undated)
Box 3, Folder 5: history of Utah Technical College at Provo (undated)
Box 3, Folder 6-10: accreditation (circa 1979-1985)
Box 5, Folder 1-8, Box 4: evaluations (1959-1985)
Box 5, Folder 9: master plan (1969)
Biographical Note/Historical Note +/-
Wilson Sorensen served as acting director and as president of Central Utah Vocational School, Utah Trade Technical Institute, and Utah Technical College. He was instrumental in moving the school from the Fairgrounds campus to the Provo campus and then to the Orem campus. His main interest was in providing classes to train individuals for the job market, especially in technical areas. It was his determination and tireless efforts that brought about the miracle in Utah Valley that is now Utah Valley University. Lucille Stoddard, interim president in 1987-1988 and 2002-2003, later said of him, "if there was one word to describe Wilson, it would be visionary." He was at Utah Valley from the beginning in 1941 and stayed until he retired in 1982 for a total of 41 years of exemplary service.
J. Marvin Higbee, formerly the president of Snow College, became Utah Valley's third president. President Higbee expanded the college curriculum during his tenure and oversaw the difficult transition from an institute (Utah Technical Institute) to a community college (Utah Valley Community College) in 1987. Also in 1987, an Associate of Arts degree was formalized through his efforts. He saw the need in the community for a college that would not only meet the needs of the trades but would also expand into the liberal arts and more technical fields.
Content Description +/-
This collection consists of materials collected in the Office of the President during the administrations of Wilson W. Sorensen and J. Marvin Higbee. It includes: materials related to name changes to the college; personnel rosters; materials related to the search for a president in 1982 and 1987; salary schedules; President Sorenson’s emeritus and retirement recognitions; maps of the campus; school songs; school newspapers; materials related to the Board of Regents; materials related to the Institutional Council; materials related to legislation affecting Utah Technical College at Provo; materials related to the student body; awards; history of the school logo; inventories, the history of Utah Technical College at Provo; materials related to accreditation, internal evaluations and self-evaluations; and a master plan.
Collection Use +/-
Restrictions on Access:
Access to the collection is open with assistance from the archivist or staff.
Restrictions on Use:
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.
Administrative Information +/-
The series arrangement is as follows: 1. name change for college; 2. personnel rosters; 3. search for president; 4. salary schedules; 5. President Sorenson Emeritus and Retirement Recognition; 6. maps of campus and school songs; 7. school newspapers; 8. Board of Regents; 9. Institutional Council; 10. legislation affecting Utah Technical College at Provo; 11. student body; 12. awards; 13. logo (history); 14. inventory; 15. history of Utah Technical College at Provo; 16. accreditation; 17. evaluations; 18. master plan.
Gift of the Office of the President
Higbee, J. Marvin
Sorensen, Wilson W.
2.5 Linear feet; 5 boxes
Language of the Finding Aid:
Author of the Finding Aid:
Finding aid prepared by Aimee Bastarache, Assistant Archivist
EAD Creation Date:
25 March 2011
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
AR 102 Wilson W. Sorensen collection AR 601 Faculty Senate collection—Individual Files—Wilson W. Sorensen (Box 9 Fol. 25)
Central Utah Vocational School--History.
Higbee, J. Marvin