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Archive: April, 2015

University diplomas

One of the traditional components of graduation ceremonies is receiving a diploma, which provides physical documentation and recognition of one’s educational accomplishments. At Brigham Young University (and earlier under the Academy) the form of diplomas and certificates has varied widely over the years. Examples of the different diplomas presented by the university, particularly during its …

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Of Trials and Friendships: Correspondence between George H. Brimhall and Orson F. Whitney

 Orson F. Whitney (1855-1931) Brigham Young University is fortunate enough to have a collection of papers related to Orson F. Whitney,* a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles from 1906 to 1931. While reviewing this collection I discovered an interesting personal exchange between Orson F. Whitney and his friend George H. Brimhall, who …

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Anthony Trollope, 1815-1882

Today we celebrate the birth of beloved (and prolific!) Victorian author Anthony Trollope, 200 years ago. Trollope wrote over 60 books during his lifetime, including 47 novels, as well as numerous short stories, an autobiography, and even a few plays. Trollope’s professional career was with the General Post Office. His early novels were written while …

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Victorian Book(s) of the Month: Easter edition

In celebration of Easter, this month’s post highlights a few Bibles and Books of Common Prayer (the service book for the Church of England) found in our Victorian Collection. Can you imagine using one of these at church? Bible (Oxford University Press, 1855). With 288 woodcut illustrations. Victorian Collection 220.52 B47 1855 Book of Common …

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