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Cicero in the Renaissance

Cicero was a huge deal in the Renaissance. Manuscripts of the classical Roman statesman’s letters and speeches were rediscovered by the Italian humanists Francesco Petrarch and Poggio Bracciolini in the 14th and 15th centuries, leading to new interest and dissemination of his works among scholars. Many Renaissance humanists adored Cicero’s prose style, and his work …

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Women of Devotion

The new Special Collections reference room exhibit, “Women of Devotion,” features early editions of works by European women writers. Between 1500 and 1800 religious study was an important part of literate women’s education and piety was a well-respected feminine attribute. Thus, many of the published works written by European women at this time were religious. …

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New exhibit of African American literature

This month, Special Collections is highlighting three centuries of first editions by African American authors, from Phillis Wheatley to Toni Morrison. The exhibit is on display inside the Special Collections Reading Room, but you don’t need to be a researcher to come visit — just ask the reference staff for admission!

Parley P. Pratt affidavit

L. Tom Perry Special Collections is pleased to announce the availability of a new digitized collection: Parley P. Pratt affidavit (MSS SC 2227). This is a handwritten affidavit in the suit of Hiram Kimball versus Parley P. Pratt. Pratt apparently had an open account with Kimball in which he encumbered a debt of $300 in “goods…and …

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John T. Dorcheus memoirs

L. Tom Perry Special Collections is pleased to announce the availability of a new digitized collection: John T. Dorcheus memoirs (MSS SC 1879). This handwritten autobiography written in 1911 details Dorcheus’ life in Gunnison, Utah and later in Ashton, Idaho, and his participation in the “Utah Black Hawk War.” Also included are typed copies of blessings …

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Minerva Wade Hickman autobiography

L. Tom Perry Special Collections is pleased to announce the availability of a new digitized collection: Minerva Wade Hickman autobiography (MSS SC 2314). In this handwritten autobiography, Hickman writes about her experiences in migrating to Utah in the 1840s and in settling in that state. She also includes “a list of names of Births since I …

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Nathaniel Henry Felt, Jr. mission journal

L. Tom Perry Special Collections is pleased to announce the availability of a new digitized collection: Nathaniel Henry Felt, Jr. mission journal (MSS SC 3197). This journal was kept by Felt while serving as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Southern States Mission from 1901 to 1903. For more information …

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Orson Pratt letter to Nathaniel H. Felt

L. Tom Perry Special Collections is pleased to announce the availability of a new digitized collection: Orson Pratt letter to Nathaniel H. Felt. This item is a handwritten and signed letter, dated December 11, 1866, written from Liverpool, England, on “Latter-Day Saints’ European Printing, Publishing, and Emigration Office” letterhead. It is a brief letter to Felt, who …

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