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Archive: September, 2008

On the Edge: European Decorated Books

Booksellers and book owners through the centuries have often embellished the inside and outside of their books; for example, with fine bindings, decorative bookplates, or marbled endpapers. The fore edge (the outer, unbound edge of the block of pages of a book) has provided artists and artisans the opportunity to decorate books. Through October 31, …

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140 years of Little Women

Wednesday, October 1, 2008 marks the 140th anniversary of the publication of Louisa May Alcott’s beloved classic, Little Women, or Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy. The book was first published in Boston by the firm of Roberts Brothers and originally ended with chapter 23, “Aunt March Settles the Question.” The book was an immediate success …

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The Academic Review, the BYA Student, and The White and Blue

In October 1884 the Polysophical Society of the Brigham Young Academy began to publish the Academic Review.  This literary journal contained information about the Academy, reports on events (including campus lectures), and advertisements.  It also included the literary efforts of several students.  It lasted through May 1885.  In 1891 a new student paper was begun …

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Rare Bibles and Bible translations

Did you know that Special Collections houses hundreds of old and rare Bibles in over 50 languages? From medieval manuscripts to 19th-century missionary translations, there are hundreds of volumes containing the Bible or portions of the Biblical text in the collections. You can find many early printed Bibles in Latin, Greek, and Hebrew; polyglot Bibles …

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Presidential Papers

Brigham Young University has been led by twelve charismatic and inspired leaders. Their influence on the university is documented in the records of their administrations. The University Archives is home to the presidential records of all of the university’s presidents excluding those of the current administration. These records provide a detailed look into the history …

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Rare Welsh Mormon Publications

During the entire month of September 2008 the L. Tom Perry Special Collections will host an exhibition of rare Welsh Mormon publications authored or translated by Welsh convert John Davis. The exhibit, located in the foyer of Special Collections on level 1 of the Harold B. Lee Library, affords an opportunity for all interested to …

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New acquisition in Rare British Literature

Thanks to the generous support of the Friends of the Harold B. Lee Library, Special Collections has acquired a presentation (inscribed and signed by the author) copy of G.K. Chesterton’s second book, The Wild Night and Other Poems (1900).  Chesterton is perhaps best known today for his Father Brown detective stories, but he was a …

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Block Y

The most recognizable symbol of Brigham Young University is the block Y that graces the mountain east of the university. This iconic symbol came to represent the university rather late in the game (31 years after the founding of Brigham Young Academy). In 1906 the class of 1907 decided to whitewash their class year on …

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