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Archive: May, 2010

Brigham Young University’s Planetarium

Last weekend students at Brigham Young University put on Astrofest. Astrofest is a series of activities designed to introduce children to the joys of astronomy and physics. Activities included building and launching paper rockets, a scavenger hunt for information about the planets in our solar system, solar observation through a special telescope, physics demonstrations, and …

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New acquisition in Edwardian literature

The newest acquisition to BYU’s Edwardian Literature Collection is a first edition of the famous children’s book The Wind and the Willows by Kenneth Grahame.  This purchase was made with the generous support of the Friends of the Harold B. Lee Library.  The first edition (1908) joins a copy of the famous 1940 edition illustrated …

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Astronomy Manuscripts in Special Collections

The History of Science Collection at BYU contains manuscript material by several prominent astronomers of the 17th and 18th centuries, including correspondence, treatises, and observations.   The largest collection is the Jean-Baptiste Joseph Delambre Collection, VMSS 458.  Delambre (1749-1822) was a French astronomer and mathematician who helped develop the metric system and wrote one of the …

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The Banyan

In 1911 Brigham Young University began to publish a yearbook. The name of the yearbook, the Banyan, was taken from a statement made by Karl G. Maeser comparing the influence of the university on Church education to a banyan tree. The Banyan was supervised by the Student Publications Board. It had its own faculty adviser …

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Graphic novels, comic books, and Herman Melville

Herman Melville’s novel Moby Dick has lent itself to many adaptations and abridgements over the years, including a number of treatments in comic book/graphic novel form. Special Collections contains comic books based on Moby Dick dating as far back as the early 1940’s, and actively collects modern graphic novel retellings of Melville’s masterpiece. Some of …

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