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First Edition Spanish Book of Mormon (1886)

  With the prevalence today of Spanish-speaking members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, many are surprised to hear that the Church did not have a large presence in Latin America or among Spanish speakers until the late 19th century. Among foreign language editions of the Book of Mormon, Spanish (1886) ranks …

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Our newest acquisition!

Special Collections’ newest acquisition — just in time for Women’s History Month — is a facsimile of the Rupertsberg copy of Hildegard of Bingen’s Scivias. Hildegard was a German abbess, one of the most famous and prolific women authors of the medieval period. Besides authoring religious, mystical, scientific, and philosophic texts, she was also a …

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The story of Mrs. Beeton

150 years ago today, a young Victorian housewife passed away just eight days after giving birth to her fourth child. Given mortality rates in 19th century England, her death might have been just another statistic, but this woman has come to represent all things domestic in the Victorian era. Isabella Mayson would become a household …

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