Harold B. Lee Library. Manuscripts Dept.

"Until November, 1973, the responsibility for acquiring, processing, and servicing manuscripts was divided between the university archives and special collections. With the appointment of Dennis Rowley (1973) as manuscript librarian, a department was organized under his direction to take full responsibility for the development and use of this important body of library resources. He spent the early weeks and months of the year in acquiring equipment and supplies, planning and organizing a processing and office area at the east end of the university archives room, 112 HBLL, and in interviewing and hiring the necessary student assistants." The lack of trained leadership had created an uneven collection development and large amounts of material that had not been processed. Director of Libraries: Donald K. Nelson (1973-1974). Assistant Director for Public Services: Douglas P. Bush (1973-1974). Manuscript Librarian: Dennis Rowley (1973-1974).


Established: 1973

Abolished: 1974

Location: Provo, Utah (1973-1974)


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Assets and Administrative Structure

The head of Manuscripts reported to the Assistant Director for Public Services under the Director of Libraries.

Associated Units

Superior unit: Harold B. Lee Library (1973-1974)

Earlier unit: J. Reuben Clark, Jr., Library. Manuscript Division (1973)

Later unit: Harold B. Lee Library. Dept. of Archives and Manuscripts (1974)

Associated Archival Materials

Biennial and Annual reports (UA 1015)


Annual Report, Sept. 1973-Aug. 1974: pg. 3, (Administrative structure, names, dates)

Harold B. Lee Library Annual Report, 1973-1974: pg. 9, (Dennis Rowley developing and making useful manuscript holdings in 1973)

Maintenance Information

Record ID: EAC-2012-00014

Creator: UPB