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Harold B. Lee Library. Department of Special Collections & Manuscripts

 Organization

Dates

  • Existence: 1990 - 1999

Administrative History

The Department of Special Collections and Manuscripts (1990-1999) collected and preserved rare and important materials including: books, pamphlets, prints, photographs, manuscripts, diaries, journals, papers, music scores, university records, and other things.

In 1990 the Harold B. Lee Library Special Collections department and the Archives and Manuscripts department were combined to create the Special Collections and Manuscripts department. The Chair of Special Collections and Manuscripts was Scott Duvall (1990-1999). In 1997 Scott Duvall was appointed Assistant University Librarian for Special Collections. He acted as both department Chair and Assistant University Librarian from 1997-1999. In 1999, due to a generous donation, the department was moved to the basement of the Library and renamed L. Tom Perry Special Collections.

The materials in the Department of Special Collections and Manuscripts were highly regulated. Those that wished to view these materials were required to use the reading rooms, viewing the materials with supervision. Anyone, student, faculty, or visitor could use the materials in the Department. In 1991 the Department of Special Collections and Manuscripts was headed by a department chair who reported directly to the University Librarian. The Department of Special Collections was located on the fourth floor of the Harold B. Lee Library, where reading rooms serviced faculty, students, and visitors with the opportunity to use the artifacts in Special Collections. Between 1997-1999 the chair served as both department chair and Assistant University Librarian for Special Collections.

Citation:
Its William Henry Jackson, 1866-1953, 1991: t.p. (Harold B. Lee Library, Department of Special Collections & Manuscripts) leaf 1 (Special Collections and Manuscripts Department, Brigham Young University Library)

Amer. library dir., 1993-94 (under Provo, Utah, Brigham Young Univ.: Harold B. Lee Library; Spec Coll & Mss)

Phone call to the Dept., 12/17/96 (in Feb. 1991 Special Collections merged with the Dept. of Archives and Manuscripts to form the Dept. of Special Collections and Manuscripts)

Organizational History Project, February 6, 2013 (Harold B. Lee Library. Dept. of Special Collections and Manuscripts: Dates and general information regarding functions)

Found in 16 Collections and/or Records:

Brigham Young University records on Alfred Newman concert

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 835
Scope and Contents

Concert sponsored by the Brigham Young University College of Fine Arts and Communications in memory of Alfred Newman and Ken Darby, film composer and film music arranger, respectively. Includes program; advertisement; article from "The Cue Sheet"; and twenty-eight photographs of Ken Darby, performers, guests, and recording equipment. Compiled in 1997 by James V. D'Arc, curator of Arts and Communication Archives at BYU.

Dates: 1987

L. Tom Perry Special Collections chair records, 1986-2011

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 5589 Series 2
Scope and Contents Contains materials produced by the chair of Special Collections, including employee lists, correspondence, Charles Redd Center for Western Studies information, newspaper clippings, and information about the American Association of University Professors, fieldwork information, policies, a master list of registers, inventory lists, missing documents from Special Collections, minutes from the Special Collections Security Committee, infomation on the Smoot Endowment project, and reports and...
Dates: 1986-2011

L. Tom Perry Special Collections exhibit records, 1998-2018

 Series
Identifier: UA 5589 Series 3
Scope and Contents

Contains photographs of the Helen Foster Snow exhibit and presentation held in Special Collections, photographs and guest book used in the Helen Foster Snow exhibit, programs, fliers, posters, and other material for or related to the Helen Foster Snow exhibit. Dated 1998 to 2001. Also contains email printouts, notes, a compact disc, and fliers related to the BYU and the Great War exhibit, dated 2017 to 2018.

Dates: 1998-2018

L. Tom Perry Special Collections project records, 2002-2019

 Series
Identifier: UA 5589 Series 1
Scope and Contents Contains project records from the L. Tom Perry Special Collections at Brigham Young University. Included are materials documenting the department's use of archival content management systems and digital projects such as e-Workflows and the Integrated Digital Special Collections project, websites, video tutorials for the various projects, and audio-visual materials for the Motion Picture Archives Film Series of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections. Also includes conference planning files and...
Dates: 2002-2019

L. Tom Perry Special Collections project records on INDI, 2005-2008

 Sub-Series
Identifier: UA 5589 Series 1 Sub-Series 1
Scope and Contents

Contains development and design documents, correspondence, and presentations related to the INDI (Integrated Digital Special Collections) project to develop automated archival management software. Also includes the design documentation for the proposed INDI-lite project. Materials date from 2005 to 2008.

Dates: 2005-2008

L. Tom Perry Special Collections project records on Motion Picture Archives Film Series, 2002-2015

 Sub-Series — Box: 6
Identifier: UA 5589 Series 1 Sub-Series 2
Scope and Contents

Includes a collection of CDs and DVDs containing files pertaining to the L. Tom Perry Special Collections's Motion Picture Film Series. On these disks are movie poster backdrops, and recordings on discussions of important individuals pertaining to the series, including James Stewart, Cecil B. DeMille, and others. Materials dated 2002-2015.

Dates: 2002-2015

L. Tom Perry Special Collections records

 Collection
Identifier: UA 5589
Scope and Contents

Contains project, chair and exhibit records from the L. Tom Perry Special Collections. Included are materials documenting the department's use of archival content management systems, digital projects, websites, video tutorials, and conferences. Also includes the Helen Foster exhibit records from 2000 to 2001, and the BYU and the Great War exhibit from 2017 to 2018. Materials date from 1986 to 2019.

Dates: 1986-2019

Howard Pearson papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2147
Abstract

The papers contain correspondence, interview notes, column copy, awards, and other memorabilia.

Dates: 1946-1984

Dennis Rowley papers

 Collection
Identifier: MSS 2014
Content Description Collection of Dennis Rowley's professional and personal papers. Primarily consists of files maintained by Rowley during the period covering his professional assignments while working for the Harold B. Lee Library, as curator of Archives and Manuscripts (1973-1990), University Archivist (4 years) and Manuscripts Accessioner and Processor and Curator of Literary Collections in the Department of Special Collections and Manuscripts (1990-1996). Also includes files used in Rowley's work as...
Dates: Other: approximately 1942-1996; Majority of material found within 1973-1996

University Archives correspondence on collection development, 1998-2012

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 1068 Series 2
Scope and Contents

Correspondence files primarily contain correspondence, lists, and photographs to and from the University Archivist regarding materials held in the University Archives. Materials date from between 1998 and 2012.

Dates: 1998-2012