TITLE

The 1966 BYU Student Spy Ring

AUTHOR(S)
BERGERA, GARY JAMES
PUB. DATE
March 2011
SOURCE
Utah Historical Quarterly;Spring2011, Vol. 79 Issue 2, p164
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article discusses a student spy ring at Brigham Young University (BYU) in 1966, organized by university president and Mormon politician Ernest L. Wilkinson to ensure that professors adhered to the doctrines of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS). It notes that Wilkinson was particularly concerned about "liberals" on campus, who he thought promoted communism and socialism. The involvement of BYU comptroller Joseph T. Bentley, student Stephen Hays Russell, and university counsel Clyde D. Sandgren is explored. The author reflects on the investigation of professor Ray C. Hillam and considers Wilkinson's relationship with LDS Church President David O. McKay.
ACCESSION #
60567267

 

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