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The Papers of Annette Lyon

Popular Utah author Annette Lyon has donated her papers to Perry Special Collections. The author of many historical and contemporary novels, Lyon’s recent book Band of Sisters was a Whitney 2010 award winner. Her papers contain correspondence, publicity materials, notes that led to novels and copies of Band of Sisters and a grammar guide entitled …

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The Flying “Mormon Meteor”

As told by Thales A. “Tad” Derrick–As a young boy growing up in Salt Lake City, Utah in the 1940s, Ab Jenkins, the racing mayor of Salt Lake was my hero. (His race car, the Mormon Meteor III, was a wondrous machine for the time. Mayor Jenkins was interested in endurance racing and ran his …

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Losing Teeth

Losing your first tooth is a rite-of-passage longed for by young children. They wiggle their teeth looking for one even slightly loose. Joy erupts when they finally find one. A variety of folk practices accompany this important event. Some children have stubborn teeth that seem to wiggle forever or even hang on stubbornly by a thread. …

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Thackeray and Charles Dickens

William Makepeace Thackeray and Charles Dickens were two of the most eminent Victorian novelists of their generation.   They knew each other well, mixing in the same circles, but they were also literary rivals whose differing personalities and viewpoints eventually led to a bitter feud. Both Dickens and Thackeray began their careers as journalists, but Dickens …

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Mesoamerican manuscripts

Several posts on this blog have featured the facsimiles of unique medieval European manuscripts held by L. Tom Perry Special Collections.  Special Collections also owns facsimiles of important non-Western manuscripts, including surviving Mesoamerican codices.  The Mayans and Aztecs created manuscript books on paper made from the bark of fig trees, which was fashioned into long …

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Presidential Photographs collection

Brigham Young University has been guided by twelve men over the course of its existence: Warren N. Dusenberry, 1875-1876 Karl G. Maeser, 1876-1892 Benjamin Cluff, Jr., 1892-1903 George H. Brimhall, 1904-1921 Franklin S. Harris, 1921-1945 Howard S. McDonald, 1945-1949 Ernest L. Wilkinson, 1951-1971 Dallin H. Oaks, 1971-1980 Jeffrey R. Holland, 1980-1989 Rex E. Lee, 1989-1996 …

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Thackeray and Charlotte Brontë

As Special Collections celebrates the 200th anniversary of the birth of William Makepeace Thackeray, this blog turns to highlight authors who have been influenced by Thackeray’s writing.  The first to be highlighted is Charlotte Brontë. Thackeray was one of Charlotte Brontë’s biggest literary heroes.  Smith, Elder and Co., the publisher of Charlotte’s first novel Jane …

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With the coming of summer, engagements and weddings abound. Naturally at BYU there are customs to mark the excitement of an engagement. The groom-to-be is automatically out several dollars as he treats his beloved’s roommates to a steak dinner. (FA14 The bride-to-be escapes with a lighter hit in the wallet. She needs to only …

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A look back at BYU’s conference affiliations

Last Friday Brigham Young University’s football program became independent from conference affiliation. This marks the first time since the 1890s that the football program has not been affiliated with an athletic conference. Last Friday also marked the official affiliation of the majority of Brigham Young University’s other athletic programs, including basketball, with the West Coast …

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The Fourth of July celebrates the signing of The Declaration of Independence, but it is also a time for us to remember those who have helped to keep The United States of America free.  David L. Casey is one of those who fought in the service of his country. The following is his account of a …

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