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 before the J. Reuben Clark Jr. Library was completed) was then known as the Harold B. Lee Library, Special Collections Division.

February of 1991 Special Collections merged with the Department of Archives and Manuscripts to form the Department of Special Collections and Manuscripts. In 1999 Special Collections was moved to the first floor (second level down) of the Harold B. Lee Library and due to a generous financial donation, 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

Abolished: 1991

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. Manuscripts were held in the Archives of the library, but additional manuscripts and rare items were held in Special Collections' vault.

Assets and Administrative Structure

In 1975 Special Collections operated on the fourth floor of the Harold B. Lee Library.

Associated Units

Superior unit: Harold B. Lee Library (1973-1991)

Earlier unit: J. Reuben Clark, Jr., Library. Special Collections (1973)

Later unit: Harold B. Lee Library. Special Collections and Manuscripts (1991)

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.

Brigham Young University Library Centennial History, 1879-1975, Hattie M. Knight, pgs. 20-26, 51-53, 74-76, 141-142, Information Gathered: SC operating on fourth floor of HBLL.

History of the Perry Special Collections, www.lib.byu.edu/sites/sc/about, Information Gathered: 1999 SC moved to 1st floor, renamed L. Tom Perry Special Collections.

Hollis Scott Oral History Interview, Nov. 12, 1968, p. 5, Information Gathered: Additional manuscripts and rare items held in SC vault instead of Archives in 1968.

Library of Congress Authorities: Harold B. Lee Library Department of Archives and Manuscripts, www.authorities.loc.gov, LCCN 82117113, Information Gathered: in Feb. 1991 Special Collections merged with the Dept. of Archives and Manuscripts to form the Dept. of Special Collections and Manuscripts)

Maintenance Information

Record ID: EAC-2012-00003

Creator: UPB

LCCN: n 88681917