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Victorian literature collections at Brigham Young University

The L. Tom Perry Special Collections has a fabulous collection of Victorian literature. The foundation of this collection was acquired by farsighted curators in the 1960s. This image shows university and library administrators receiving the donation of a 3,000 volume Victorian literature collection. It takes skill and passion to develop these wonderful collections and Brigham …

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How did we get the Doctrine and Covenants? (part 2)

Last week we launched an exhibit of documents and publications that trace the history of the Doctrine and Covenants in the library’s Reading Room from now until April graduation.  Prior to the D&C we know today, these revelations were first written down in some form.  Examples of manuscript versions of these revelations collected by Newel K. Whitney are on exhibit, …

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Epistole Devotissime de Sancto Catharina da Siena

Today marks the birth in 1347 of St. Catherine of Siena, one of Italy’s two patron saints. Catherine is remembered both for her influence in Italian religion and politics as well as for her mystical writings. Nearly 400 of Catherine’s letters have survived.  Two partial editions of her works were printed in the 1490s, but …

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How did we get the Doctrine and Covenants?

If you have ever wondered this question, then BYU’s L. Tom Perry Special Collections may have the answer. From now until April graduation, Special Collections will be exhibiting documents and publications that trace the history of the Doctrine and Covenants in the library’s Reading Room. Included in the exhibit is a selection of manuscript revelations …

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Even more Victorian Illustration!

As an addendum to the current Special Collections exhibit, Victorian Illustrators: from Sketch to Print, the works of six illustrators from the period are now on display in our lobby. Stop by to see the work of famous Victorian illustrators like Richard Doyle and George Du Maurier, as well as several more you’ve probably never …

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Changing of the Guard

It was with mixed emotions that we learned yesterday that Cecil O. Samuelson will be released as Brigham Young University’s twelfth president on May 1. President Samuelson has served admirably for the last eleven years. At his inauguration LDS Church President Gordon B. Hinckley counseled President Samuelson (a University of Utah graduate and supporter) to …

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Hyrum Smith papers

BYU’s L. Tom Perry Special Collections houses one of the finest collections of documents and manuscripts related to the early history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Among this collection is the Hyrum Smith papers (Vault MSS 774). These papers were donated to BYU by Eldred G. Smith, great-great grandson of Hyrum …

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