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L. Tom Perry Special Collections records

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.


  • 1986-2019


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 Reference Services at

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, and university records. 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 to 1999. 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. In 1999, due to a generous donation, the department was moved to the basement of the Library and renamed L. Tom Perry Special Collections.

Administrative History

The L. Tom Perry Special Collections (est. 2000) is a special collections library and manuscripts/archival repository.

The Perry Special Collections was named in May 2000, and was previously known as the Department of Special Collections; Manuscripts. Aline and L. Sam Skaggs, through their ALSAM Foundation, made a generous financial donation to the new library and requested that the Special Collections be named after L. Tom Perry, an apostle of t7he Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The department is responsible for collecting, preserving, and making available rare books, historical manuscripts, and university records. Department chairs have included Scott Duvall (1999-2002), P. Bradford Westwood (2002-2009), Russ Taylor (2009-2014), J. Gordon Daines III (2014-2020), and Thomas R. Wells, (2020- ).


5 boxes (2.5 linear ft.)

1 carton (1 linear ft.)

4 oversize folders (0.4 linear ft.)

4 folders (0.04 linear ft.)

1 oversize box (0.75 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Arranged in three series: 1. L. Tom Perry Special Collections project records, 2002-2019. 2. L. Tom Perry Special Collections chair records, 1986-2011. 3. L. Tom Perry Special Collections exhibit records, 1998-2018.

Custodial History

Transferred from within Special Collections in installments between 2009 and 2013.

Found in the University Archives stacks in January 2015.

Transferred from the Motion Picture Archives of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections by Mary-Celeste Ricks Lewis in February 2017.

Found in the Special Collections stacks with MSS 2219 in November 2020.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred; Special Collections department assistant; September 2011.

Transferred; L. Tom Perry Special Collections; October 2013.

Found; University Archives stacks; January 2015.

Transferred; Mary-Celeste Ricks Lewis; February 2017.

Found; Special Collections stacks; November 2020.


Departmental records (University Archives collecting policy, February 2010).

Processing Information

Processed; Olivia Serafin; 2011.

Processing Information

Processed; J. Gordon Daines III; 2013.

Processing Information

Addendum processed; Erin Owens; March 2015.

Processing Information

Addendum processed; Eric Wolford; February 2016.

Processing Information

Addendum processed; Eric Wolford; May 2017.

Processing Information

Addendum processed; Karen Glenn; October 2021.

Register of L. Tom Perry Special Collections records
Olivia Serafin
2011 October 7
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

  • 2013 October 28: Addendum added and description updated; J. Gordon Daines III.
  • 2015 March 31: Addendum added; Erin Owens.
  • 2016 February 16: Addendum added; Eric Wolford.
  • 2017 May: Addendum added; Eric Wolford.
  • 2021 October: Addendum added; Karen Glenn.

Repository Details

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

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo UT 84602 US