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Archive: March, 2016

April Fool’s Day, 1916

As suggested by our folklore collections, there is a fairly strong tradition of April Fool’s Day pranks found in the Utah and the Intermountain West. Contemporary newspaper accounts provide useful documentation on the establishment of the holiday in the region. The first references to the April Fool’s in Utah appeared in non-Mormon newspapers in the …

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Finding Arabic manuscripts in Special Collections

Here in the library we have an amazing collection of Arabic Manuscripts in the L. Tom Perry Special Collections, which date as far back as the 9th century. These manuscripts range in topic from religion to science and astrology. Most of these manuscripts are bound in leather wrappers and were hand-written in Arabic. The item …

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Emmeline B. Wells diaries

To celebrate Women’s History Month, L. Tom Perry Special Collections is pleased to announce the availability of a new digitized collection: Emmeline B. Wells diaries (Vault MSS 510). This collection contains Emmeline B. Wells’s original diaries from 1844 to 1920. Her often daily entries spanning nearly 80 years present pragmatic descriptions of daily activities along with her own daily …

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Compiling the Doctrine and Covenants, 1830-1921 : an exhibit

  A new exhibit on the history of the Doctrine and Covenants is on display now in L. Tom Perry Special Collections. The title is “Compiling the Doctrine and Covenants, 1830-1921,” and this exhibit takes the viewer through the history of the Doctrine and Covenants, from handwritten manuscripts to broadsides, to being published in book form …

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Irish literature in Special Collections

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Celebrate with a book of Irish literature! Special Collections owns many first editions of literary works by Irish writers of the 19th and 20th centuries, from prolific novelist Charles Lever to modernist provocateur James Joyce. Here are a few suggestions to get your celebration started, whatever your literary taste: Start traditionally …

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19th Century Advertising by Mormon Women Part 1

On March 3rd, I gave a presentation at the Church History Symposium entitled “‘Her knowledge of business, and practical experience therein’: 19th Century Advertising by Mormon Women.” The presentation discussed examples of advertisements posted by women in Mormon newspapers, and also highlighted the other activities pursued by women. Starting today, and continuing until I run out …

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Emily Faithfull and the Victoria Press

In honor of International Women’s Day, today’s blog post features the work of a Victorian woman printer, Emily Faithfull, and her imprint, the Victoria Press. Faithfull was a member of the Society for the Promotion of the Employment of Women, a mid-Victorian social organization which hoped to improve working conditions and employment opportunities for women. …

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