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Joseph L. Bishop records

Identifier: 03-14---001

Scope and Contents

This collection contains correspondence, memorandum, reports, meeting minutes, and other materials accumulated by President Bishop


  • Creation: 1959-1980
  • Creation: Majority of material found in 1972-1978
  • Other: Date acquired: 1996


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use.

Biographical or Historical Information

Joseph was born on August 23 1932 in Delta, Utah. After graduating from Delta High School in 1950, he served an LDS mission to Argentina. Bishop married Carolyn Callister on June 28, 1956, and they are the parents of five sons. He attended Brigham Young University where he received a B.A. in Spanish in 1955 and an M.A. in Spanish in 1958. Bishop received a Ph.D. in university administration from Claremont Graduate School in Hayward, California in 1958. Subsequently he was chairman of the Spanish department at Imperial Valley College, 1960-1961; President of the Haitian-American Institute, 1961-1962; Academic Dean, Mt. San Jacinto College; 1962-1966; Vice President, Praire State College, 1966-1968; and executive director of GT-70, an educational consortia made up of 30 colleges throughout the nation, 1968-1972. Bishop was appointed by the Utah State Board of Higher Education as President of Weber State College on May 23, 1972, and took office on July 4 of that same year upon the retirement of William P. Miller. During his career in higher education, Bishop has authored a number of articles in professional publications. He is also the author of The Making of a Missionary. In December 1977, Bishop was called by the LDS Church to serve as President of the Argentina Buenos Aires North Mission. After his return in 1981 he was selected to serve as President of the Missionary Training Center in Provo. Since his release from that assignment in 1986, Bishop has served as Executive Director of BYU-Public School Partnership where he coordinates activities of and educational reform consortium involving five school districts and BYU’s College of Education. Bishop who currently lives in Salt Lake City, was the recipient of an honorary doctor of humanities degree from Weber State College when he retired as president.


21.15 Linear Feet (36 document cases, 1 RC boxes, 1 framed item)

Language of Materials



The files are arranged alphabetically by topic and then chronologically. The addendum is also organized alphabetically by topic and then chronologically.

Physical Access Requirements

There are no physical access restrictions.

Technical Access Requirements

There are no technical access restrictions.

Custodial History

Material was acquired from the President's Office (1981-, 1996-054).

Source of Acquisition

President's Office

Method of Acquisition

Received from the President's Office in 1981 and 1996. Boxes 34 and 35 were addendums added at a later time.

Accruals and Additions

Accruals are expected.

Publication Rights

Materials may be used for non-profit and educational purposes, please credit the University Archives, Stewart Library, Weber State University. Reproduction for publication, exhibition, web display or commercial use is only permissible with the consent of the University Archives, Stewart Library, Weber State University.

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Repository Details

Part of the Weber State University Archives Repository

3921 Central Campus Drive Dept 2901
Ogden UT 84408