Welcome from the Department Chair

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It is my great pleasure to welcome you to the L. Tom Perry Special Collections!

BYU President Franklin S. Harris stated at his inauguration in 1921 that “We are happy indeed to be connected with an institution that is engaged in the great cause of education, for we realize that on education more than on any other factor depends the welfare of mankind.”[1] I couldn’t agree more with President Harris. The Perry Special Collections exists to enhance your educational opportunities and to improve the welfare of mankind.

The Perry Special Collections is home to the Lee Library’s unique treasures. From cuneiform tablets to the latest publications by contemporary Mormon authors, we maintain a library of more than 300,000 volumes of history’s rarest and most interesting books. These items will stimulate your mind and inspire your soul. We are also home to over 11,000 rich manuscript collections and 2.5 million photographs that allow you to experience the recent and distant past.

I invite you to explore our web site for more information about these materials. I also invite you to contact any of our curatorial staff for advice and help in your research projects. My colleagues are enthusiastic about the collections that they curate and will be more than happy to assist you—as are our amazing student employees. Please pay us a visit and enrich your educational experience by delving into our treasures.

J. Gordon Daines III
Department Chair
University Archivist

Last Modified: July 28, 2015

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