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J. Reuben Clark, Jr., Library



  • Existence: 1961-1973

Administrative History

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).


Brigham Young University, 1975: v. 3, p. 225 (J. Reuben Clark, Jr., Library).

They made Mormon history, 1968: p. 345 (BYU Library).

Harold B. Lee Library Web site, Apr. 14, 2009 (J. Reuben Clark Library dedicated in 1962; renamed Harold B. Lee Library in 1973).

Brigham Young University, L. Tom Perry Special Collections worksheet, Apr. 14, 2009 (J. Reuben Clark, Jr., Library previously known as Brigham Young University Library).

Brigham Young University organizational history, July 12, 2012 (J. Reuben Clark, Jr., Library; Library renamed as Clark Library in 1961 with new building; directors: S. Lyman Tyler (1961-1966), Donald K. Nelson (1966-1973); responsible for maintaining library collections; director reported to university president; library renamed the Lee Library in 1973).

Its Alumni Directory, 1962: Leroy and Ann W. Fulton (University Library).

Found in 20 Collections and/or Records:

Committee on Mormon Classification records

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: UA 151
Scope and Contents This collection includes typescript of the preliminary draft of a Mormon subject classification schedule, consisting of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd summaries.
Dates: 1959

Correspondence and records

 File — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA SC 62
Scope and Contents Includes records and correspondence regarding the establishment of the Education Learning Resource Center, and the development of policies which would govern later LRC's.
Dates: 1962-1979

Ralph W. Hansen slides and artifact

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 3355
Scope and Contents Collection includes slides taken by Ralph W. Hansen, which show the archives in these early years. Also enclosed is a piece of the goal post of BYU's first football game win against University of Utah, when at the conclusion of the game, the goal posts were torn down by BYU students.
Dates: approximately 1950-1959

Harold B. Lee Library administrative records, 1968-2012

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 1242 Series 1
Scope and Contents Contains files from the Harold B. Lee Library director's office, later renamed the Library Administrative Offices. Documents include correspondence regarding the 1974 addition of the library, a planning document for library expansion from 1991, the 1975 centennial celebration, and library director's correspondence. Also contains committee and director meeting minutes, as well as records on rank advancement and strategic planning, library assessments, instruments of gift, and other project...
Dates: 1968-2012

Harold B. Lee Library biennial and annual reports

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 1015
Scope and Contents Contains official reports which document the activities of the Harold B. Lee Library for each academic year. Materials include discussions of personnel changes, significant accomplishments, organizational changes, library needs, and professional activities. Dated 1966 to 2014.
Dates: 1966-2014

Harold B. Lee Library committee minutes and correspondence, 1954-2005

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 1242 Series 2
Scope and Contents Contains correspondence and meeting minutes from various library committees and departments, including the Administrative Council, Haybron Adams, and the Learning Resource Committee. Dates from 1954 to 2005.
Dates: 1954-2005

Harold B. Lee Library instrument of gift forms, 2001-2003

 Series — Carton: 73
Identifier: UA 1242 Series 4
Scope and Contents Materials contains instrument of gift forms from 2001 to 2003. Materials focus on book donations to the Harold B. Lee Library that were made by various personal donors and organizations. Materials also include related forms for the acquistion, material descriptions, and thank-you letters from the library for the donors. Materials date from 2001 to 2003.
Dates: 2001-2003

Harold B. Lee Library personnel records, 1985-1988

 Series — Carton: 74
Identifier: UA 1242 Series 5
Scope and Contents Contains records about full-time personnel of the Harold B. Lee Library from 1985 to 1988. Materials include related reports, minutes, and correspondence. Materials date from 1985 to 1988.
Dates: 1985-1988