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Robert O. Lowe collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2264

Scope and Contents

The collection contains the personal research files of the donor (about 6500 pages) on the history of the town and area of Palmyra, New York; American political pamphlets and election memorabilia, including pins and posters; uncirculated American stamps, many contain autographs like Neil Armstrong, Eleanor Roosevelt, Jackie Kennedy, and etc.; and historic postcards (including 362 on the Palmyra, New York area) and greeting cards collections.


  • 1960


Conditions Governing Access

Boxes 1-16, 18, and 34 are restricted. Microfilm copies are available for each of these portions of the collection. Access to original materials with permission from the supervisor of reference services.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Collection must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Robert O. Lowe was born October 14, 1923 to Orla W. Lowe and Gertrude M. Scholl in Palmyra, New York. He has remained there his entire life. In 1943, he enlisted for WWII, and spent three months in England. Worked at Garlock Packing Company in Palmyra, and after retirement, became the town historian of Palmyra.


16 microfilm reels (1 linear ft.)

38 boxes (19 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Other Finding Aids

Register of the Robert O. Lowe collection, ca. 1960 available in Special Collections Reference and on the Internet.

Other Finding Aids

File-level inventory available online.

Custodial History

The collection came to BYU in February 2001 from Robert Lowe, the donor and creator of the collection, delivered by Don Enders, from the LDS Museum of Art.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Robert Lowe; 2000 April 24.


Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.VII, 2007).

Register of Robert O. Lowe collection
Garrett Schroath
2011 March 3
Description rules
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States