J. Reuben Clark, Jr., Library. Special Collections

Upon the completion of the J. Reuben Clark, Jr. Library Fall 1961, Special Collections was moved from the Heber J. Grant Building to the new edifice. In 1958, it was planned that Special Collections, the archives, reading room and a vault would be housed on the main (3rd) floor of the J. Reuben Clark, Jr. Library. The Special Collections Librarian was Chad J. Flake (1961-1973).

In 1973 the J. Reuben Clark, Jr. Library was renamed the Harold B. Lee Library, where Special Collections remained.

Variant names

Special Collections

BYU Special Collections

Brigham Young University Special Collections


Established: 1961

Abolished: 1973

Location: Provo, Utah (1961-1973)


Items too valuable for ordinary circulation were housed in Special Collections. The main items were Mormon Americana which contained books by or about the LDS Church, Utah, and other Mormon subjects. Next, Special Collections contained rare materials which included books published before 1800, books valued at more than $50, and limited edition books printed in groups of 300 books or less. Lastly, Special Collections contained Subject Collections which were private libraries or collections that had been given to, or purchased by the library.

In 1965 the Library was designated the research library for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The University Library aimed to develop their collections in such a way as to facilitate this role.

Assets and Administrative Structure

The head of Special Collection worked under the direction of the Director of Libraries.

Associated Units

Superior unit: J. Reuben Clark, Jr., Library (1961-1973)

Earlier unit: Brigham Young University. Library. Special Collections (1961)

Later unit: Harold B. Lee Library. Special Collections (1973)

Associated Archival Materials

Annual reports (UA 1015)

Program Requirements for the Library Building (Z 733 .B 75P76x)

To help you use the library (Bx 8608 .A1 no.3828)


Annual Report, Sept. 1966-Aug. 1967: pg. introduction, 3 (Donald Nelson Director of Libraries, Church use University Library as library for Church)

L. Tom Perry Special Collections Slideshow, 7 May 2003, (Special Collections Librarian/Supervisor: Chad J. Flake {1961-1973}) http://lib.byu.edu/sites/sc/files/2008/06/sc-department-history.pdf

To help you use the library, 1961: pg. 15-16, (SC contained Mormon Americana, rare books, and subject collections)

Program Requirements for the Library Building, March 28, 1958: pg. 17-18, (planned location of SC, archives, reading room and vault {3rd floor})

Maintenance Information

Record ID: EAC-2012-00002

Creator: UPB