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Archive: September, 2009

Philip II letters now available online

The library recently completed its newest digital project, the digitization of a collection of letters from Philip II, King of Spain, related to naval wars with France and England during the period 1592-1597. These letters were previously available in incomplete black and white facsimiles. The letters have been re-scanned in full color and the digital …

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Geneva Steel Photographs and Negatives

The L. Tom Perry Special Collections is pleased to announce that all Geneva Steel photographs and negatives in the Geneva Steel Holdings Corporation records (MSS 3122) will soon be available for public use and access. The collection includes over 16,000 gelatin silver, black-and-white, and color photographs, as well as 33,000 negatives, slides, and transparencies. These …

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Bombing in Posen

Our 15th flight was April 9, Easter Sunday, to Posen, Poland.  When we went into briefing we were told this was a must hit the target raid!  We were going into Poland to bomb the first jet aircraft factory in the world!  The Intelligence Officer informed us that the first operational jet airplane was on …

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Heber J. Grant Library

From the beginning of his presidential administration Franklin S. Harris campaigned for a library building. He believed that Brigham Young University could never successfully join the ranks of the country’s colleges and universities without a strong library. A library building would be a visible symbol of the university’s commitment to scholarship and learning and it …

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Jack Weyland’s Papers Come to BYU

Jack Weyland began publishing novels in 1980 with his well-known and loved Charly.  Previously he wote short stories for The New Era.  Given the vibrant LDS literature community today, it is hard to believe that before Charly there was little in the way of Mormon fiction.  Jack has opened doors for many LDS writers who have …

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The Three R’s

L. Tom Perry Special Collections’ Rare Book Collection includes over 200 American textbooks dating from 1819 to the 1950’s, including readers and spellers, grammar and composition books, and arithmetic texts.  The readers include some 17 McGuffey’s Eclectic Readers, which were the most widely-used schoolbooks in America from their introduction in 1836 up until the First …

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New critical works on Walt Whitman

The following scholarly monographs have recently been purchased for the Whitman Collection.   They are the newest additions to the hundreds of unique holdings by and about Whitman here at BYU Special Collections. Ronald Knapp, Of life immense: the prophetic vision of Walt Whitman.  Outskirts Press, 2008. A study of Whitman’s belief in universal religion. J. …

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