Brigham Young University Library. Manuscript Section

"The Manuscript Section was begun in 1926 and acquires its holdings by donation of copy or by copying original diaries, etc."

Variant names

The Manuscript Section


Established: 1926

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Location: Provo, Utah (?
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"Conditional deposits [were] not accepted [in 1938]. All material relating to the Church of the Latter Day Saints and members of that denomination or residents of Utah or the Rocky Mountain West [were] collected and preserved."

"Containing biographies; history of the University; news clippings, particularly extracts from newspapers [that were] no longer available. The material deal[t] with Utah, Idaho, Arizona, Colorado, California, Wyoming, Missouri, Illinois, Ohio, New York, and Iowa. An important collection i[n] "Biographies of Brigham Young University Leaders," 1858 (1898-1926) 1937. The collection [was] built about the papers of presidents of the university; among them [were] those of Karl G. Maeser, 1876-90; Benjamin Cluff, 1891-1903; George H. Brimhall, 1904-21; Franklin S. Harris, 1922-. Most of th[ese] collection[s] [were] made up of original documents, some of [them were] typed from originals in possession of persons who loaned originals. The section concerned with L.D.S. periodicals and rare L.D.S. pamphlets and documents was in part gathered and preserved by George H. Brimhall and given to the library by him."

"There [were, in 1938,] approximately 17,000 volumes and 48 cubic feet of material. Collections [were] completely arranged: alphabetically by author if unbound, by Dewey decimal system if bound. Items dealing with local subjects [were] entered under author as a biography or in regular history number. Eleven thousand catalogue cards (3 x 5) in the general catalogue represent[ed] about 50% of the holdings [in 1938]. These cards [were] made only for diaries and show[ed] author, locality, source, subject. Indexes [were] compiled to cover most of the important Church Journals, newspapers, clippings, etc. besides the catalogue cards. The biographies [were] arranged by type: number of faculty meetings, newspaper clippings, scrapbooks, photographs [were] kept in files; diaries, account books, biographies [were] arranged under the name of the person; approximately 1000 pieces [were] in 8 file drawers ()12 x 16 x 24). There [was] no guide to the material and help from the librarian [was] needed in searching material."

Assets and Administrative Structure

"The Heber J. Grant Library, The Manuscript Section, Brigham Young University. Librarian, Anna Ollorton. Hours: Mon.-Fri., 8 am to 5 pm.; Sat and Sun, 10am to 4 pm."

"The Library [was] a Three-story, Fireproof building constructed in 1926 of brick and cement. Manuscripts [were] on the third floor. Unbound material [were] contained in wooden file cases."

The collection was "accessible to users but not for circulation. There [was] no photostat equipment, buy photographs [were] furnished upon request at prevailing commercial rates."

Associated Units

Superior unit: Brigham Young University (1903)

Later unit: ? (?
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Associated Archival Materials

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Guide to Depositories of Manuscript Collections in the United States, 1938, pg. 109-110, Information Gathered: year started, location, hours, librarian, layout of material and scope, contents.

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