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Archive: October, 2014

Spooky short stories

Getting in the mood for some spooky Halloween reading? Try some short stories! Here are a few to inspire you from Special Collections: One famous short story collection owned by Special Collections in its first edition is Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Mosses from an Old Manse. Published in 1846, the collection contains a number of gothic tales …

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Brigham Young University’s professional athletes

Fans of Brigham Young University display their devotion to the university in a variety of ways. Christopher J. J. Thiry chose to display his school spirit by collecting the professional trading cards of former Brigham Young University football and basketball athletes. He donated these trading cards to the University Archives in September 2014. The trading …

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A Halloween post: Victorian parapsychology

There was much interest in spiritualism and occultism in 19th century Great Britain (and in the United States as well). To get in the Halloween “spirit,” we’ve found a few examples of books on spooks, ghosts, and other supernatural beings from the Victorian and J.F.C. Harrison collections to share: Catherine Crowe, The Night Side of …

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VBM 2: Going Gothic, and in 3-D

October’s Victorian Book of the Month is The Miracles of Our Lord, an 1848 book with a papier-mâché binding. The book is an example of artwork from the Victorian Gothic Revival and is meant to imitate a medieval manuscript – in fact, the book states that the cover was inspired by a 12th century ivory …

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UA 5702 Cecil O. Samuelson scrapbook

Brigham Young University inaugurated Kevin J. Worthen as the thirteenth president of Brigham Young University last month. To honor the outstanding service of his predecessor, Cecil O. Samuelson, the Harold B. Lee Library produced a scrapbook documenting his eleven year tenure. The scrapbook is contained in UA 5702 Cecil O. Samuelson scrapbook. The collection includes …

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Elisha Kent Kane and the search for Sir John Franklin’s lost Arctic expedition

Just last September, a group of Canadian archaeologists claim to have finally discovered one of the two lost ships of the 1845 Arctic expedition led by Sir John Franklin.  Did you know L. Tom Perry Special Collections connection to this ill-fated expedition? In 1845, Sir John Franklin of England led an expedition of 128 men to explore …

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