Collecting Policies

The curatorial staff of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections dedicates a significant amount of time to the location and acquisition of materials that have potential research value. Their collection development activities are governed by collection development policies that are approved by the Perry Special Collections Board of Curators and departmental administrators. The following policies detail the types of materials that we feel will have long-term historical value and that we will consider acquiring.

Mormonism, Utah & the West

19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts
20th and 21st Century Western and Mormon Americana
21st Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts
Mormon and Americana Collection
Veteran’s History Collection Development Policy


Louisa May Alcott Collection
Burns Collection
Rowe Collection of William Wordsworth
Melville Collection
Whitman Collection
American Reader Collection
Mormon Literary Manuscripts
Victorian Collection
Edwardian Collection
American Rare Literary Authors Collection

World History

Collection Development Policy for the Modern Fine Printing Collection in Special Collections
History of Printing
History of Science
Renaissance and Reformation
William A Wilson Folklore Archive Collection Development
Rare Japanese Collection Development Policy


Photographic Archives

Arts & Communications

Film Music Archive

BYU History

University Archives Collecting Policy
Professional Papers Program Collection Development Policy

Last Modified: October 16, 2017

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