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Archive: October, 2009

Scary Stories in Special Collections

Special Collections’ dim-lit stacks hold rare copies of some of the most famous tales of horror, mystery, and otherworldly terror!  I thought I’d highlight a few in the spirit of Halloween: 1.  Charles Robert Maturin, Melmoth the wanderer: a tale (second edition, 1821).  This famous Gothic novel, by the great-uncle of Oscar Wilde, tells the …

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Franklin S. Harris and Brigham Young University

Franklin S. Harris began his association with Brigham Young University in 1903 as a student in the high school. He received his high school diploma in 1904 and returned home to Colonia Juarez, Mexico to teach school. However, his passion for learning had been ignited and in 1905 he returned to Brigham Young University and …

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Honoring the Founders

Brigham Young University has a rich heritage and every year during Homecoming the university pauses to reflect on those men and women who have helped to create the educational institution that we enjoy. The honored founder this year is Eugene Lusk Roberts. Roberts served as the first head of the Brigham Young University’s athletic department …

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19th century children’s magazines

The Rare Book and Victorian collections contain a wide variety of periodicals printed in the US and Great Britain for children and young adults. They offer an intriguing glimpse into the experiences of juvenile readers on both sides of the Atlantic in the 19th and early 20th centuries, as well as how adult authors socialized …

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International Year of Astronomy

To commemorate The International Year of Astronomy, Special Collections is once again highlighting books and manuscripts from our History of Science collection. 2009 marks the 400th anniversary of Galileo’s telescope, and we are displaying some key items related to Galileo and the history of astronomy.  Galileo’s Dialogue on the Two Chief World Systems and an …

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Owen S. Rich, Broadcast Education Pioneer

Owen S. Rich was a broadcast education pioneer at Brigham Young University. He came to BYU in 1946 at the request of T. Earl Pardoe. Pardoe was looking for someone to introduce radio broadcasting at the university. Rich had been serving as a chief electronic technician for the United States Coast Guard when Pardoe contacted …

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