Each year the descendants of former Brigham Young University president George H. Brimhall honor the founders of the university by sponsoring the Brimhall Essay Contest. Held in conjunction with the university’s Homecoming celebrations, the contest is designed to introduce students to the individuals who have helped to shape Brigham Young University’s unique institutional character.
The L. Tom Perry Special Collections preserves and makes available a range of manuscript and archival resources documenting the contributions of the university’s founders. A bibliography of materials related to Raymond Beckham, the 2018 honoree, is available at this link. If you would like to learn more about the resources available for this year’s founder, contact the University Archivist.
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 given to Dorcheus family members.
John Nicoli (Nicholas) Thueson was born on 25 April 1842 in Copenhagen, Denmark, to Neils Thueson (later Dorcheus) and Angelica C. Lund. Dorcheus was a locality where the family lived in Denmark and was added to the last name. John and his family sailed to America from Denmark in 1857, and later emigrated to Utah in 1860 in the James Darling Ross Company. He married Ellen Jensen on 17 June 1865 in Salt Lake City, Utah, and they had two children together. On 14 June 1869, John married a widow with two children, Alice Penniston Wasden, as his second wife, and they had four children together. He also had a third wife, Mary. The Dorcheus family lived in Gunnison, Utah, and Ashton Idaho. John was also a veteran of the Utah Black Hawk War. John T. Dorcheus died on 11 February 1932 in Salt Lake City, and was buried in the Murray City Cemetery.
L. Tom Perry Special Collections is pleased to announce the availability of a new digitized collection: Simon Eugene Dalton diary (MSS 8978). In this handwritten diary Dalton writes mostly brief entries on his life while living as a farmer and member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Springville, Utah. Dated 1899-1903.
Simon Eugene Dalton was born in Centerville, Utah on August 1, 1852. He was fifth of the eleven children born to Elnora Warner and Simon Cooker Dalton. He spent most of his life in Springville, Utah, and was a farmer by trade. Dalton married Elizabeth Jane Huntington in 1889, and the couple had seven children. Simon Eugene Dalton died on December 1, 1933 in Springville, Utah.
Among the recent acquisitions made for the Robert Burns Collection and Rowe Collection of William Wordsworth are two first editions of famous works of English Romanticism.
Pictured is the first volume of The Scots Musical Museum, a collection of Scottish folk songs published 1787-1803. Burns collaborated with Edinburgh music publisher James Johnson to gather songs for the collection, and he contributed a number of his own lyrics as well, including famous songs like “Ye Banks and Braes of Bonnie Doon” and “Flow Gently, Sweet Afton.” The first two volumes of The Scots Musical Museum were recently added to the Burns Collection. It is quite difficult to find complete sets of the six volume collection.
Another famous piece acquired by Special Collections is this first edition of Byron’s English Bards and Scotch Reviewers (1809), a satirical poem attacking critics of his first book of poetry as well as Romantic poets like Wordsworth and Coleridge. The book was previously owned by a Captain Hyde Parker — most likely Hyde Parker III, who commanded a British ship during the War of 1812 and later serves as head of the Royal Navy.
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 came to North Ogden” in which she lists the name and sex of each child born in that community. Also included are genealogies of Hickman and Wade family members.
Minerva Emma Wade was born on 2 September 1828, in Farmersville, New York, to Moses Wade and Sally Maria Bundy. Her family joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and moved to Nauvoo, Illinois in the early 1840s. Minerva married William Adams Hickman as his second wife on 1 May 1849 in Council Bluffs, Iowa, and they had eight children together. She accompanied Hickman and his first wife, Bernetta, and their four children on their journey to Utah in 1849 in the Cornwall Company. Minerva died on 23 December 1918 in North Ogden, Utah.
Nathaniel Henry Felt, Jr. was born on December 2, 1861, in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Nathaniel Henry Felt and Mary Pile. Nathaniel attended common schools, supplemented by a university course. He spent a major part of his life in Manti, Sanpete, Utah, where he pioneered the first county newspaper, known first as the “Sanpete Sentinel” and later the “Manti Messenger.” Later, he engaged in other commercial businesses in Manti, such as a confectionery, grocery store, and opera house. He also built and managed the Savory Hotel. He was appointed postmaster of Manti in June of 1914, a position he held for eleven years. He married Elvira Clark on December 2, 1887. He served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to the Southern States from 1901 to 1903. Nathaniel Felt, Jr. died on October 29, 1938.
Many classic works of literature have been adapted for younger readers over the years. At L. Tom Perry Special Collections, where we have large collections of works by American authors Walt Whitman, Louisa May Alcott, and Herman Melville, we’ve collected numerous picture books adapted from their most famous works, dating all the way back to the 1920s! Here is a slide show of some of the oldest, as well as most recent, picture books from these three collections:
If you’ve been walking through the HBLL recently you may have seen some giant posters in old German type hanging around the north entrance:
They are part of the library’s newest exhibit on Martin Luther and the beginnings of the Protestant Reformation. You’ll see some of Luther’s most famous writings in the exhibit, but they are just a small slice of the many hundreds of items written by, about, and against European religious reformers of the 16th century that are held in L. Tom Perry Special Collections. You can learn more about what’s in the collection — and see images of works by writers like Luther, Erasmus, and Calvin — by checking out the resources on the Special Collections Renaissance & Reformation Collection homepage.
Special Collections has added several outstanding pieces of Edo Period Japanese art and illustration to our holdings, including the work of celebrated artists and a very interesting artistic technique. These items are all currently available for research in our reading room or classrooms!
Sō Shiseki gafu 宋紫石画譜, 1765
A woodblock-printed book reproducing the artwork of Sō Shiseki (d. 1786), a leading painter of the Nagasaki school.
A set of scrolls depicting troops of soldiers taking up their place in battle. The figures have been created with stamps and then hand-colored, an uncommon printing or illustration process for scrolls.
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 is serving a mission in the British Mission, giving him advice on how to carry out his duties as a missionary. The letter is also signed and post-scripted by William B. Preston.
Orson Pratt, “Harper’s Weekly,” August 1866
Orson Pratt, Sr. (September 19, 1811 – October 3, 1881) was an American mathematician and religious leader who was an original member of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles of the Church of the Latter Day Saints. He served several missions for the LDS Church, including as President of the British Mission. Pratt was a leading Mormon theologian and writer until his death. He is probably most known for his pamphlets written in defense of LDS Church doctrines, and publicly announcing the Church’s practice of polygamy in 1853. Pratt defended this practice in 12 monthly installments in the church periodical The Seer. He died in Salt Lake City, Utah, of complications from diabetes.