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Archive: June, 2010

The Coronation of Queen Victoria

Queen Victoria, the longest reigning British monarch in history, was crowned queen on this day’s date (June 28) in 1838.  The young queen inherited the throne at the age of 18, following the death of her uncle, William IV.  During the first months of her reign the public was quite curious about the young queen.  …

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Scientific work at Brigham Young University

The study of science began to flourish at Brigham Young Academy in the mid-1880s as part of the Academic Department. Students in the Academic Department were able to study physics, biology, geography, and geology. The individual most responsible for this flourishing of science at the academy was James E. Talmage. Talmage had studied at Lehigh …

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Jane Austen’s “Emma”

A favorite book of visitors to L. Tom Perry Special Collections is a first edition copy of Jane Austen’s last novel, Emma. Austen began writing Emma in January of 1814 and finished the novel in March of the following year. Emma was published anonymously, as were Austen’s other novels, but knowledge of her identity was …

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Carl F. Eyring and BYU

One of the early stars of the Brigham Young University faculty was Dr. Carl F. Eyring, a renowned acoustical scientist. Carl F. Eyring was born in Colonia Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico, on August 30, 1889. His early education took place at the Juarez Stake Elementary School (from which he graduated in 1902) and continued at the …

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Travel and exploration in Special Collections

Can’t get away this summer?  Armchair travel is a cheap alternative to a vacation, and the library abounds in books by travelers and explorers to points around the globe, from the South Pacific to the North Pole.   Special Collections contains numerous rare and important accounts of early travel and exploration, including the voyages of Captain …

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