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Harold B. Lee Library records

 Collection
Identifier: UA 1242

Scope and Contents

Contains records on the Harold B. Lee Library regarding the Library Administrative Offices, various committees, the new addition, personnel, collection development, and research on the history of the library. Materials include correspondence, minutes, reports, instrument of gift forms, and an assortment of plaques. Dates from 1954 to 2015.

Dates

  • 1954-2015

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Restricted. Closed for 35 years from the date of creation of the records, and thereafter open to the public in accordance with the University Archives Policy.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to use material from this collection must be obtained from the Reference Services at specialcollections@byu.edu.

Biographical / Historical

The Brigham Young University Library (1925-1961) served as repository for the university collection of printed materials.

The university library was established in the Heber J. Grant building in 1925. The collections outgrew the Heber J. Grant building, necessitating the construction of the J. Reuben Clark Library, which was completed in 1961. Head librarians and directors of libraries were Anna K. Ollerton (1925-1948), Asael C. Lambert (1948-1951), Naomi Rich Earl (1951-1954), and S. Lyman Tyler (1954-1961).

Biographical / Historical

The J. Reuben Clark, Jr. Library (1961-1973) served as the university library at Brigham Young University.

The library was renamed as the Clark Library in 1961, following the construction of a new library building. The library was later renamed as the Harold B. Lee Library in 1973. Library directors included S. Lyman Tyler (1961-1966) and Donald K. Nelson (1966-1973).

Biographical / Historical

The Harold B. Lee Library (founded 1973) is the library on the campus of Brigham Young University, and is responsible for providing students and the community with valuable resources for research, media projects, and personal use.

The Harold B. Lee Library was aligned with Media Services under the Assistant Academic Vice President of Brigham Young University in 1973. In that same year, the J. Reuben Clark, Jr., Library was renamed the Harold B. Lee Library. Internally, the Harold B. Lee Library is managed by the library director, who is aided by an associate university librarian and assistant university librarians, who oversee divisions of the library. Directors have included Donald K. Nelson (1973-1980), Sterling J. Albrecht (1980-2002), Randy J. Olsen (2002-2009), Julene Butler (2010-2012), Scott Duvall (interim, 2012-2013), Jennifer Paustenbaugh (2013-2019), Brian Rennick (interim, 2019-2020), and (Rick Anderson, 2020- ). The library building was expanded in 1976 and 2000 and continues to provide students and faculty access to scholarly materials.

Extent

74 boxes (37 linear ft.)

23 cartons (23 linear ft.)

4 objects (4 linear ft.)

2 folders (0.02 linear ft.)

1 oversize folder (0.1 linear ft.)

1 oversize box (1 linear ft.)

Language of Materials

English

Arrangement

Arranged in nine series: 1. Harold B. Lee Library administrative records, 1968-2012. 2. Harold B. Lee Library committee minutes and correspondence, 1954-2005. 3. Harold B. Lee Library reports and procedures, 1954-2007. 4. Harold B. Lee Library instrument of gift forms, 2001-2003. 5. Harold B. Lee Library personnel records, 1985-1988. 6. Harold B. Lee Library records on collection development, 1995-2003. 7. Harold B. Lee Library photographs and negatives of library picnic, approximately 1970 to 1985. 8. Harold B. Lee Library Plaques, 1965-1995. 9. Harold B. Lee Library historical records, 1961-2013.

The materials have been left in the original order in which they were found. This order appears to be grouped by subject.

Other Finding Aids

File-level inventory available online. http://files.lib.byu.edu/ead/XML/UA1242.xml

Custodial History

Transferred in installments from Records Management (January 2006, March 2009, June 2009, August 2012, May 2016, and December 2019) and from the library's administrative offices (July 2009, November 2013, 2017, 2019, 2022).

Donald Nelson papers donated in 1980.

H. Julene Butler papers donated in 2017 by H. Julene Butler.

In reviewing the collection content in 2012, a number of series were combined.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; 1980.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred; Records Management; January 2006.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred; University Archivist; March 2009.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred; Records Management; June 2009.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred; Harold B. Lee Library Administrative Offices; July 2009.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred; Records Management; August 2012.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred; Harold B. Lee Library Administrative Offices; November 2013.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred; Records Management; May 2016.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Julene Butler; 2017.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred; J. Michael Hunter, Library Administrative Offices; 2017.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred; Roger Layton, Harold B. Lee Library; 2019.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred; Wendy Duran, Harold B. Lee Library administrative offices; 2019.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred; 2022.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred; University Librarian's Office; 2022.

Appraisal

Administration (University Archives Collection Development Policy, August 2015).

Related Materials

See also the Harold B. Lee Library records (UA 549).

Processing Information

Processed; Annette Steele; April 2006.

Processing Information

Processed; Kayla Quinney; March 2009.

Processing Information

Processed; Matthew Leavitt; July 2009.

Processing Information

Processed; Dani Peterson; October 2012.

Processing Information

Processed; Joshua Barton; November 2013.

Processing Information

Processed; Jenna Kirchhoefer; March 2015.

Processing Information

Processed; Jenna Kirchhoefer, April 2015.

Processing Information

Processed; Eric Wolford, January 2017.

Processing Information

Processed; Ashley Chase, October 2020.

Processing Information

Processed; Karen Glenn, May 2024.

Title
Register of Harold B. Lee Library records
Status
Under Revision
Author
Kayla Quinney and Matthew Leavitt
Date
2009
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Revision Statements

  • 2012 October 21: Series revised and updated; Dani Peterson.
  • 2013 November: Addendum added and description updated; Joshua Barton.
  • 2015 March: Addendum made and description updated; Jenna Kirchhoefer.
  • 2015 April 6: Addendum made and description updated; Jenna Kirchhoefer.
  • 2017 January 4: Addendum made and description updated; Eric Wolford.
  • 2020 October 12: Addendum to series 1 and 2; Ashley Chase

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections. University Archives Repository

Contact:
1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo UT 84602 US