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Military Wives

We are all aware of the men and women who give their time and lives for the United States of America.  But we are less aware of a group that serves everyday so that the men and women of the Armed Forces can keep our country safe.  These are the spouses.  They support their husbands …

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The Stephen L Richards Physical Education Building

Brigham Young University experienced rapid growth in the number of students attending the university in the 1950s and 1960s. This rapid growth combined with an increased interest in physical education to provide acute shortages of teaching space and facilities for physical education instruction. The university’s Board of Trustees recognized the need for more adequate physical …

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Seven centuries of fables

Now on display in Special Collections’ lobby is an assortment of printed versions of Aesop’s fables, from the 1400’s to the 2000’s.  The books include Greek scholarly texts, verse translations, and adaptations for children.  The majority are illustrated and range in style from crude woodcuts to detailed engravings and linocuts.  Represented illustrators include John Ogilby, …

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Julia Ward Howe

October 17th marks the 100th anniversary of the death of poet and reformer Julia Ward Howe. Howe is probably best known for writing the text of “The Battle Hymn of the Republic,” which was first published in The Atlantic Monthly in 1862. Howe was born to a wealthy New York family in 1819. Julia was …

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Dante in facsimile

The latest medieval manuscript facsimile acquired by L. Tom Perry Special Collections is a reproduction of a late 14th century manuscript of Dante’s Divine Comedy.  The original manuscript is held by the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana.  The manuscript is one of the earliest extant copies of Dante’s poem and is highly illustrated. This new facsimile joins …

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Honors at BYU

In 1959 English professor Robert K. Thomas approached President Ernest L. Wilkinson and suggested that Brigham Young University start an Honors program to better serve the exceptionally bright and highly motivated students that were beginning to enroll at the university. Thomas argued that an Honors program would provide the university with three major benefits: It …

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A recent addition to the Robert Burns Collection

Janet Little (1759–1813) was a contemporary, and admirer, of poet Robert Burns.  She was a servant in the household of Frances Dunlop of Dunlop, a patron and correspondent of Robert Burns.  In 1789, Little sent Burns some of her poems.  Burns was slow to respond to Little (one critic surmises that Burns might have found …

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