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Archive: July, 2009

Victory–A Remarkable Coincidence

Some people have all the luck.  Jennie Gwilliam Austin told the following story about her husband, Ray Gwilliam: Ray “had finished his training and was just waiting for assignment overseas.  He came home one night and said ‘I have orders to go to [the] Europe[an] theater tomorrow.’”So we packed up and  got me a train …

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Wilmer W. Tanner personal papers

The University Archives recently acquired the personal papers of Wilmer W. Tanner. Tanner was an undergraduate student at Brigham Young University from 1932 until 1936. After obtaining a graduate degree in zoology, he returned to the university as a faculty member in 1950. He successfully implemented a research program during a time in which the …

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Warren Dusenberry and Brigham Young University

The educational underpinnings of Brigham Young University were laid in the early 1860s when Wilson and Warren Dusenberry moved to Provo and established the first Dusenberry School. The Dusenberry brothers arrived at crucial time in the cultural formation of early Provo. Territorial leaders were beginning to emphasize the importance of education and citizens in Utah …

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New digital collection in French history

One of Special Collection’s best resources in early modern history is our French Political Pamphlets collection.  It consists of over 2,100 short works printed in France between 1550 and 1650.  These pamphlets describe and react to the social, political, religious and economic issues and events of the period, including France’s Wars of Religion, the Edict …

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Frances Eleanor Trollope

One of the newest additions to the Victorian Collection is Madame Leroux, a three-volume novel by Frances Eleanor Trollope (1835-1913). Frances is an interesting figure because of her place in the realm of Victorian arts and letters. She was a successful actress and writer who was related by birth and by marriage to other well-known …

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Bastille Day

Bastille Day is France’s national holiday, which commemorates the storming of the Bastille fortress by the citizens of Paris on July 14, 1789. The storming of the Bastille was the symbolic beginning of the French Revolution and the rebellion of common citizens against the nobility. Special Collections has a few first-hand accounts of the storming …

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Associated Students of Brigham Young University Histories, 1922-1986 (UA 1081)

Student government at Brigham Young University began in 1909. It was refined in 1924 with the acceptance of a new constitution. The new constitution established an organization that included a president, first vice-president, second vice-president, secretary-historian, editors of two publications (Y News and Banyan), and a cheermaster. A student council that included university administrators was …

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