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Archive: November, 2014

Religious poetry exhibit

In conjunction with the English Department symposium Illuminating the Word: the Devotional Tradition and the Future of Poetry, Special Collections is displaying the work of major poets working in the genre of religious poetry. Highlights include first editions of poets like Gerard Manley Hopkins, Emily Dickinson, and T.S. Eliot, as well as rare editions of …

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Dan W. Wakefield collection on cougar mascots

In the 1920s Brigham Young University selected the cougar as its mascot. The first mascots were indeed live cougars named Cleo and Tarbo. Live cougars would later be replaced by Cosmo. The University Archives is home to several collections that document the mascots of Brigham Young University. The Dan W. Wakefield collection on cougar mascots …

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New Acquisitions: Fine Press Books

In past months, Special Collections has added many books to our Fine Press collections. New acquisitions include examples from 20th century hand press publishers like the Hogarth Press, Cuala Press, and Grabhorn Press, as well as a number of titles from the Limited Editions Club (making our collection nearly complete!). We’ve also received a number …

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(Auto)biography of Samuel Miles

This week we are highlighting another item from our 19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts that was digitized this past year: the (Auto)biography of Samuel Miles. Samuel Miles Jr., son of Samuel Miles Sr. and Prudence Marks, was born on April 8, 1826 in Attica, New York. During the winter of 1833-1834, after moving to …

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Brigham Young University’s Cultural Tradition

One of the goals of the administration of Franklin S. Harris (1921-1945) was to provide students with uniqiue cultural opportunities. This was accomplished with the establishment of the Lyceum Series. Herald R. Clark was tasked with identifying and inviting prominent artists to campus. He quickly established himself as one of the most knowledgeable individuals in …

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VBM 3: Poetry of the season

November’s Victorian Book of the Month is Samuel Collinson’s poetry collection Autumn Leaves (1869). Collinson was a minor 19th century poet who made his career as a chemist (or pharmacist) in the East Midlands city of Nottingham. Autumn Leaves and his other book of poetry, Richard’s Tower: an Idyll of Nottingham Castle (1876), were both …

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James Madison Flake diaries

Over the past year, patrons of Perry Special Collections have requested a large number of items from our 19th Century Mormon and Western manuscripts collection to be digitized. Most of these are small collections of original journals and letters of early members of the Mormon Church and pioneers of Utah and the American West. Many …

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