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Archive: August, 2016

Contributions of the Class of 1891: O. W. Andelin

While other members of the Class of 1891 later returned to teach at Brigham Young Academy and Brigham Young University, O. W. Andelin joined the faculty immediately after receiving his collegiate degree with the BYA class of 1893. Over a twenty year teaching career he contributed to the growth of the university, though, as his …

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Latter-day Saint Poetry

The Latter-day Saints who joined the LDS Church in England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales occasionally included budding poets and lyricists in their numbers. Like many Christian denominations of the 19th century, the Latter-day Saints enjoyed singing and hymns. New hymns and Mormon-themed poems began to emerge immediately after the first conversions and baptisms, though the …

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New acquisitions: astronomy around the world

Special Collections has a small but significant collection of rare Japanese books and manuscripts, and we periodically add to it. One of our most recent acquisitions is a 1796 treatise on Western science, “Oranda tensetsu,” or Dutch Astronomy Explained.  It is one of several books published by Japanese printmaker Shiba Kōkan which discuss European science …

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Priddy Meeks journal

L. Tom Perry Special Collections is pleased to announce the availability of a new digitized collection: Priddy Meeks journal (Vault MSS 58). This volume is a handwritten record by Meeks on a wide range of topics including his reflections on his life, his various activities, and his revelations. He also records various faith-promoting stories he hears. An unedited …

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New Exhibit: The Tale of Beatrix Potter

Special Collections’ newest small exhibit, The Tale of Beatrix Potter, commemorates the 150th anniversary of the birth of Beatrix Potter. The exhibit, which runs through the end of August, was curated by the Spring/Summer Special Collections interns. Beatrix Potter was born in 1866 in the United Kingdom. In her earliest years, she proved to be …

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