Harold B. Lee Library. Special Collections

In 1973 the J. Reuben Clark Jr. Library was renamed the Harold B. Lee Library. The Special Collections division of the J. Reuben Clark Jr. Library (previously known as Brigham Young University Special Collections prior to 1961 when the J. Reuben Clark Jr. Library was completed) was then known under the name of the Harold B. Lee Library. In 1999 Special Collections was moved to the first floor (second level down) of the Harold B. Lee Library and by request of Aline and L. Sam Skaggs (who made a generous financial donation to the new library) Special Collections was named after L. Tom Perry.

Variant names

HBLL Special Collections

L. Tom Perry Special Collections

J. Reuben Clark, Jr., Library Special Collections


Established: 1973

Location: Provo, Utah (1973-1991)


The library's Collection Development Policy Statement for Special Collections in 1985 states that BYU would collect, preserve and make available to the public works in several different subject areas. Subject areas held in Special Collections in 1985: Mormonism; Americana, Utah and the West; Renaissance and Reformation; History of Printing; Victorian Collection; Edward Collection; American First Edition; Herman Melville Collection; Rowe Collection; Walt Whitman Collection; Robert Burns Collection; and the History of Science.

Assets and Administrative Structure

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Associated Units

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Associated Archival Materials

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B.Y.U. Library Collection Development Policy Statement, 1985, pgs. 577-603, Information Gathered: Holdings of SC in 1985.

History of the Perry Special Collections, www.lib.byu.edu/sites/sc/about, Information Gathered: 1991 SC moved to 1st floor, renamed L. Tom Perry Special Collections.

Maintenance Information

Record ID: EAC-2012-00003

Creator: UPB