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Archive: November, 2015

Jesse Wentworth Crosby diaries

L. Tom Perry Special Collections is pleased to announce the availability of a new digitized collection: Jesse Wentworth Crosby diaries (MSS 2180). The collections consists of seven volumes, four of which are originals and have been digitized, and three which are only available on microfilm. The digitized diaries span from 1884-1909 and include accounts of Crosby’s activities in …

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Establishing school colors

When thinking of the university, one of the most common associations is the school’s colors: BYU, white and blue. According to the university’s centennial history, the colors were adopted in 1892 during the administration of Benjamin Cluff. However, Eugene Robert’s 1947 biography of Cluff claims the school colors were introduced during Cluff’s time as Assistant …

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New online database of early Protestant texts

Special Collections owns a still-growing collection of original works by early Protestant reformers like Martin Luther, Philipp Melanchthon, and Jean Calvin. While it contains many important works, both in Latin and in vernacular languages, it is not complete by any means! The library has recently acquired a new database, the Digital Library of Classic Protestant …

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New acquisition in the History of Astronomy

One of the newest acquisitions in the History of Science collection is the first edition of French mathematician Oronce Finé’s Protomathesis (Paris, 1532), a compendium of astronomical and geographical knowledge. This book is important as a detailed summation of the field of astronomy in the decade before Nicolaus Copernicus published his heliocentric theory of the …

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Victorian Book of the Month: Introducing the Victoria R.I. Bibliography

The HBLL has recently launched the Victoria R.I. Bibliography database, which lists the original bibliographic descriptions for the core of BYU’s Victorian Collection — over 4,000 books, manuscripts and ephemera purchased in 1969 from San Francisco book dealer David Magee. The entries, along with Magee’s descriptive text, can be found at http://lib.byu.edu/collections/victoria-ri-bibliography/about/ or by going …

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