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History of the Doctrine and Covenants exhibit

It’s that time of year again!  Our annual “History of Doctrine and Covenants” exhibit is on display now in L. Tom Perry Special Collections. This exhibit takes the viewer through the history of the Doctrine and Covenants, from handwritten manuscripts to being published in book form in 1835. Later editions with significant additions or deletions …

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Hans Christian Sørenson diaries

L. Tom Perry Special Collections is pleased to announce the availability of a new digitized collection: Hans Christian Sørenson diaries (MSS SC 2502).  This collections includes five handwritten diaries and notebooks kept in English while Sørensen served as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Sørensen was a native of Denmark …

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Hiram Mace journal

L. Tom Perry Special Collections is pleased to announce the availability of a new digitized collection: Hiram Mace journal (MSS 8734).  This leather-bound journal kept by Mace was likely created in approximately 1860. Contents include genealogical information of Mace’s posterity, including birth and death dates. Also includes a brief autobiographical sketch of Mace’s life from …

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Beautiful bindings: the vellucent binding

In the 1890s, English bookbinder Cedric Chivers (1853-1929) introduced a new book decoration process which he called the “vellucent” binding. First, an artist would create a painting on a very thin medium. The design might include mother-of-pearl inlays, gold leaf, or other decoration. It would then be overlaid with a specially-treated sheet of vellum — …

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The original 1836 Warren Ferris map now digitized!

If you are making your plans to celebrate Pioneer Day, if you live in Utah, or just want to hear stories of hidden treasures, this one is for you! Now, you may be thinking, “Wait!  You have treasure maps in Special Collections!”  Well…not exactly.  But some of our treasurers are maps, and some of them …

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Art Nouveau Bindings for National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month, and to celebrate, we’ve created a gallery of some rather gorgeous poetry books. The bookbindings shown here were all designed in the art nouveau style, and published between 1880 and 1910. Art nouveau features long, flowing lines, inspired by organic forms. It was popular in decorative arts of the late Victorian …

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Treasures from the Johnny Maddox performing arts collection: MSS 23

  World-renowned ragtime pianist Johnny Maddox died at the age of 91 on November 27, 2018. In 1970, Mr. Maddox deposited much of his vintage performing arts collection to BYU. Centering on ephemera from the first half of the 20th century, this included collections on American theatre, motion pictures, circus life, vaudeville and magic. All …

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Original letters from Eliza to Yorick

L. Tom Perry Special Collections is pleased to announce the availability of a new digitized collection: Original letters from Eliza to Yorick (MSS SC 4).  This is a bound volume of twelve handwritten letters supposedly written by Elizabeth Draper to Yorick (Laurence Sterne) prior to her departure from England for India in 1767. The manuscript is …

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Franklin Raymond Farr autobiography

L. Tom Perry Special Collections is pleased to announce the availability of a new digitized collection: Franklin Raymond Farr autobiography (MSS 8907). This item contains the original handwritten life story of Franklin Raymond Farr, which includes autobiographical information about Farr from his birth in Ohio in 1837 to his later years in Spanish Fork, Utah, and memories …

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