Harold B. Lee Library. University Archives

In 1973 the J. Reuben Clark Jr. Library was renamed the Harold B. Lee Library. The University Archives were then identified with the Library name change. University Archives did not exist long under this name. In 1974 University Archives and the Manuscripts Department were combined to create Archives and Manuscripts. University Archivist: Hollis J. Scott (1973-1974).


Established: 1973

Abolished: 1974

Location: Provo, Utah (1973-1974)


The University Archives preserved records that documented the history of the University and its people, especially concerning their impact on The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and its society. This collection included letters, memoranda, minutes, reports, journals, financial and legal documents, speeches, audio and video recordings, artists' sketches, photographs, research, class notes, syllabi and examinations. Other items that were archives were writings, musical compositions, maps, architectural sketches, theses, dissertations, and faculty and university publications.

Part of the Archives’ objective was preserve the records of the University itself. This was accomplished mostly through a limited Records Management program that functioned under the University Archives and a Records Center. The Records Management program solicited records from all University Departments, but especially retiring deans, department chairmen administrators, and then determined whether to keep or dispose of them. The Records Center was used to retrieve records and then store them as determined by Records Management in the University Archives.

Assets and Administrative Structure

Archives and Records Management reported to the Director of Libraries.

The Archives Reading Room was located in room 5030 of the Harold B. Lee Library. University Archives was housed in room 5072 in the Harold B. Lee Library. The items could be accessed through the library catalog.

Associated Units

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

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

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

Associated Archival Materials

Faculty Biographical files (UA 909)

Harold B. Lee Library annual reports (UA 1015)

Harold B. Lee Library Director of Collections Development records (UA 5572 Box 31)

University Archives records (UA 1068)


Annual Report, Sept. 1973-Aug. 1974: pg. 3, Chart I, (Director of Libraries, Administration of Archives and Records Management)

Faculty Biographical Files, Hollis J. Scott, 1963-1982: (Hollis J. Scott, University Archivist 1973-1974)

The Brigham Young University Archives, undated, (the title suggests it was created between 1973 and 1974), (pamphlet): (contents of Archives; room locations of reading room, archives and records management; 5000 cubic feet of permanent records; computer catalog)

University Archives Records, Introduction, (location in Grant building)

University Archives Records, 1973-1974, pg. 7-8, (records management, solicited records from departments)

BYU Records Management Handbook, pg. 15, (the records center is for storage until records are archived or destroyed) http://lib.byu.edu/sites/recordsmanagement/files/2009/01/recordsmanagementhandbook.pdf

University Archives Records, 1972-1973, pg. 1, (records management committee, cooperation between archives and campus offices)

University Archives Records, 1973-1974, pg. 9 (records management committee advises on historical, legal, financial, value of records)

Maintenance Information

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Creator: UPB