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Christmas Greetings from the University Archives

In December 1976 Jeffrey R. Holland, then Commissioner of Church Education, addressed the Religious Instruction faculty of Brigham Young University. The title of his remarks was “Maybe Christmas Doesn’t Come from a Store.” A version of this talk was printed and distributed to faculty members at Brigham Young University in the mid-1980s when Holland was …

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Louisa May Alcott’s First Novel

December marks the 150th anniversary of the publication of Moods, Louisa May Alcott’s first novel. Alcott wrote Moods, a novel of love and marriage, sometime during the period 1860-61. She may have been partly inspired by the 1860 marriage of her older sister Anna to John Pratt. The plot of Moods revolves around a love …

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James E. Talmage papers

On this date in 1911, James E. Talmage was called as an Apostle for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served in this capacity until his death on July 27, 1933, at the age of 70. Elder Talmage has become renowned among members of the LDS Church and beyond for his detailed …

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VBM 4: The Discovery of Plum-pudding

December’s Victorian Book of the Month is a recent acquisition, Punch’s Snapdragons for Christmas. Published in 1845 by the proprietors of the famed Victorian humor magazine Punch, this book contains lighthearted tales, poems, and illustrations for the season. From satirical “Monetary Hints for the Season” and advice on “How to Provide a Christmas Dinner,” to …

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Department of Theatre and Cinematic Arts theatre production slides (UA 1346)

Brigham Young University has a long tradition of excellence in theater. The University Archives is home to a collection that documents this tradition. The Department of Theatre and Cinematic Arts theatre production slides (UA 1346) contains slides, photographs, programs, and information about theatre shows that were put on by Brigham Young University from 1970 to …

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Thomas English Daniels journal, 1854-1879

On this day in 1850, Elizabeth Salthouse Daniels, a widow from England, entered the settlement of Peteetneet Town, later to be known as Payson, Utah, with many of her children. The first families in the settlement–the Pace, Stewart, and Searle families, had only arrive roughly eight weeks prior in October 1850, making the Daniels family …

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