The conference will take place on Friday, March 24, with an opening session in the L. Tom Perry Special Collections of the Harold B. Lee Library.
For over a decade the conference has welcomed book collectors to meet, share, and learn from each other along side curators and book dealers. It is a rare opportunity to be up close or even hands on with unique materials from private collections and items from the vaults of BYU.
A limited number of seats are available for those who wish to attend a pre-conference workshop on March 23–“NEULAND: NOUVEAU CALLIGRAPHIC HAND”–taught by Judy Sommerfeldt.
This year’s list of topics and presenters is as follows:
COMICS & MORMONS (GALLERY STROLL), Trevor Alvord
CURIOUS REMEDIES: MEDICINE DURING THE RENAISSANCE (GALLERY STROLL), Meg Frost
THE ASHWORTH COLLECTION: TREASURES AND STORIES FROM SIX DECADES, Brent Ashworth
MORMON MYSTERIES, Laura Card
VOYAGES OF DISCOVERY: EXPLORING THE NORTH AMERICAN CONTINENT, Gordon Daines
SHERLOCK AND HIS SIBLINGS: COLLECTING LATE VICTORIAN AND EDWARDIAN MYSTERIES, Maggie Kopp
TAKE THE TRAIN FOR EAST AURORY, WHERE WE WORK FOR ART AND GLORY: THE ARTS AND CRAFTS MOVEMENT IN AMERICA, Bob Maxwell and Russ Taylor
TALES OF A MORMON BOOK COLLECTOR: WHAT I’VE LEARNED IN 30 YEARS OF BOOK COLLECTING, Reid Moon
NO MERE TEMPORARY STRUCTURE: EPHEMERA AND THE 1893 SALT LAKE TEMPLE DEDICATION, Greg Seppi
The library welcomes Dr. K. Codell Carter, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, Brigham Young University, who will present a House of Learning Lecture titled, “Everything you always wanted to know about bloodletting—and a little bit more” on March 9th at 2:00 pm in the library auditorium.
This lecture is part of a series in support of the exhibition Curious Remedies: Medicine During the Renaissance located on level 3 of the BYU Library.
Elliott Oring, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, California State University, will be on campus Wednesday, January 25 to present a lecture on Mormon humor. Professor Oring has been selected to present the annual Folklore Archives Founder’s Lecture of 2017.
The lecture will take place in B192 JFSB, the Education in Zion auditorium, at noon.
The L. Tom Perry Special Collections and the Redd Center co-sponsor this event.
A new exhibit on the Foundations of the Restoration is on display now in L. Tom Perry Special Collections. The title of the exhibit is ‘My Soul Delighteth in the Song of the Heart’: Hymns and Hymnbooks of the Restoration, and items on display include a copy of the first LDS hymnbook produced by Emma Smith and William W. Phelps in 1835, as well as letters from Phelps to his wife Sally where he mentions his work on the hymnbook and hymns sung at the dedication of the Kirtland Temple. Also included are the January 1836 issue of the Messenger and Advocate where The Spirit of God (formerly titled “Hosanna to God and the Lamb” by Phelps) was first published prior to being sung at the Kirtland Temple dedication in March 1836; a manuscript version of the revelation that is now Section 84 of the Doctrine and Covenants, where “The New Song of the Redemption of Zion” is found; a pamphlet of early poems and hymns by Parley P. Pratt; and an 1844 unauthorized LDS hymnbook that was the first to include music.
This exhibit will be on display in the Reading Room in Special Collections from November 7 – December 16. Come see this new exhibit and learn more about the history of early LDS hymns and hymnbooks!
Research libraries across the country are reducing the number of journals they subscribe to as the high rate of inflation for scholarly journal titles has outpaced available funding. The Harold B. Lee Library is no exception. While the library has been able to sustain its subscription base longer than many institutions, the time has come for the library, working in close collaboration with faculty, to reduce the number of journals it subscribes to.
The library has created a review process that includes input from faculty to ensure that we retain as many of the essential journals for faculty research and curriculum requirements as possible. Academic departments have selected representatives to work with the library and the library has created a website, http://lib.byu.edu/journals-info/, with detailed information that will be updated as the process moves forward.
Faculty with questions or concerns about journals subscriptions in their field should contact their department representative or their subject librarian.
Wednesday, October 12th, 2:00 – 4:00 pm, Special Collections Classroom
Meet the “Candy Bomber” Gail Halvorsen
Come meet Gail Halvorsen, aka the “Candy Bomber”, who was featured in the film Meet the Mormons. He will be signing and giving out a photograph reproduction from his collection. Artifacts from his archive will be on display, including his candy parachutes and letters from children.
Friday, October 14th, 1:00 – 3:00 pm, HBLL 3rd floor
Hold a 1st Edition Book of Mormon
In late 1829, Joseph Smith arranged to have the Book of Mormon printed by E. B. Grandin in Palmyra, New York, and the first copy was off the press by March, 1830. Today, it’s estimated that fewer than 700 copies survive. BYU owns six copies of the 1830 Book of Mormon. Each copy is a treasure, and we take great care to preserve them. Each copy is also a connection to the Church’s foundation and the testimonies that motivated the first generation of Latter-day Saints. The Harold B. Lee Library and L. Tom Perry Special Collections invites you to visit the HBLL atrium to hold one of our copies and take a moment to turn a few pages.
Thursday, October 27th, 5:30 pm, meet in the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Foyer.
Haunted Walking Tour
Come and experience the haunted sites of BYU campus. Included in this 45 minute long walking tour is trivia about BYU’s scariest spots as well as bonus historical factoids about campus buildings and folklore.
Friday, October 28th, (1:00 – 4:00 pm), HBLL Conservation Lab
Conservation Road Show
Bring your journals, photographs, and other artifacts to the Harold B. Lee Library Conservation Lab (3450 HBLL) and learn how to care for them. Christina Thomas and Christopher McAfee, conservators for the L. Tom Perry Special Collections, will evaluate your personal and family heirlooms and share best ways to repair and store these priceless items. You will also get an inside look at what goes on behind the Conservation Lab doors.
Harold B. Lee Library’s newest exhibition, Comics & Mormons, documents how The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and its members have interacted with comic arts over the past 70 years.
The library is displaying the most complete copy of Stories of the Book of Mormon, by Phil Dalby. Dalby started this work in 1946 which it is considered to be the first true Mormon comic. It was published in The Church News from 1947 until 1965.
There are also original drawings by Brittany Long Olsen who created Dendo: One Year and One Half in Tokyo, which tells the story of her mission in comic book form and Richard Comely who created the first Canadian super hero comic Captain Canuck.
Along with works by Latter-day Saint artists and authors, the exhibit features the first comic devoted to an all Mormon superhero team in Salt City Strangers and examples of how publishers such as DC Comics, Marvel Comics, and Dark Horse Comics have utilized Mormon characters and theology in their comics.
Visitors to the exhibition are invited to participate. There are electronic art stations where people can try their had at coloring comics and everyone is welcome to create their own art in the gallery visitor book.
Comics & Mormons is located on level 1 of the BYU Library in the L. Tom Perry Special Collections. Admission is free.