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Chad J. Flake papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 1059

Scope and Contents

Contains Flake's family history research, personal collection of quotes, personal papers, a suitcase, a typewriter, and scriptural research. Also contains copies of news articles pertaining to Flake's terms as an officer in historical societies and the Utah Library Association, and pertaining to donations, acquisitions, and feature articles on the Special Collections section of the Harold B. Lee Library. There are several certificates recognizing Flake's awards and honors. Also contains Flake's Brigham Young University salary papers from 1960-1994. Also included in the collection is a variety of photographs (mostly unidentified) from Flake's life including the following: 131 British Mission (1949-1951) photographs, nine graduation photographs, twenty-one family and childhood photos, twenty-seven post-mission/career/travel photos. In the collection are the original bound drafts of Flake's A Mormon Bibliography 1830-1930. There are eight bound portions to the original draft of the bibliography. Another item is a landscape painting that hung in Flake's office in Special Collections. The collection also includes audiocassettes of an oral history interview and accompanying transcript. Although the first known collection date is 1949, the collection holds a few undated photographs that were taken before 1949. Collection dated approximately 1940 to 2003.


  • approximately 1940-2003


Conditions Governing Access

Salary papers in box 2, folder 6: Restricted until 2028. Photographs in folders 8-12: Open for public research. Items kept in cold storage; access requires 24 hours advance notice. The rest of the collection is open for public research.

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 Reference Services at

Biographical / Historical

Chad John Flake was born December 28, 1929, in Snowflake, Arizona, a town founded by his grandfather William J. Flake. Chad was the son of John Taylor Flake and Carrie Lindsey Flake. His mother died when Chad was nine. Later his father married Annise Jackson Flake. Following his graduation from Snowflake High School, Chad attended Northern Arizona University and Brigham Young University. He received a Master of Arts degree from Denver University. He served on a mission to Great Britain.

Chad joined the faculty at BYU, where he served as General Reference Librarian, Documents Librarian, and was eventually appointed Curator of Special Collections. Under his direction, the Lee Library developed the finest collection of rare books in the Intermountain West and the second finest Mormon collection in existence. He was instrumental in acquiring and preserving rare manuscripts for BYU. One of Chad's greatest contributions to BYU and to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was a monumental work Mormon Bibliography, 1830-1930, for which he received the John Whitmer Association Award for the best Mormon book of the year and the Mormon History Association's award for best book of the year. College and Research Libraries recognized this bibliography as one of the two significant religious reference works of 1978. This work and its supplements remain an essential resource for researchers today. Chad created the Aldine Classification Schedule which expanded the Annales de L'imprimerie des Aldine…by Antonio Auguste Renouard. He served as a member of the Library of Congress Classification Committee; and as a member of the Library Preservation Committee, he wrote a disaster preparedness plan that received wide recognition at the Cambridge 1980 International Conference on the Conservation of Library and Archival Materials and the Graphic Arts. An active member of both the American and Utah Library Associations, Chad also served as president of the Western History Association.

Chad J. Flake died on June 18, 2003.


6 boxes (2.7 linear ft.)

2 artifact (2 linear ft.)

2 oversize (2 linear ft.)

5 folders (0.2 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Donation by the family of Chad J. Flake in 2003.

Suitcase found in the University Archives in December 2014.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Family of Chad J. Flake; 2003.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Found; University Archives; December 2014.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred; Russell C. Taylor; 2019.


Faculty (University Archives Collection Development Policy, V. b. v. 2. b, October 2015).


Conservation: Box 6 (landscape painting) was housed in a velcro, card container (March 19, 2004).


Boxes 1-6 were previously described in a file-level inventory. The audiovisual material in box 14 is described at an item level.

Processing Information

Processed; Katie Shull; 2003.

Processing Information

Processed; Erin Owens; January 2015.

Processing Information

Processed; Starrla Pearson; November 2022

  • Chad Flake lecture VHS tape (AV008)
Register of Chad J. Flake papers
Under Revision
Garrett Schroath
2011 May 11
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Revision Statements

  • 2015 January 16: Addendum added; Erin Owens.
  • 2022 November 30: Addendum added; Starrla Pearson.

Repository Details

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

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo UT 84602 US