J. Reuben Clark, Jr., Library. Manuscript Division

An active program for collecting non-University-related archives and manuscripts was established about 1960. The J. Reuben Clark Library was completed in 1961. Sometime between 1960 and 1974, this program became a department.

In 1973 the Clark Library was renamed the Harold B. Lee Library, and the Manuscript Division was known as the Harold B. Lee Library. Manuscripts Department.

Variant names

non-University-related archives and manuscripts


Established: 1961

Abolished: 1974

Location: Provo, Utah (1961-1974)


In 1966-1967 the Manuscript Department saw "a virtual completion of a backlog of individual manuscript items that originated from Special Collections."

Separate and apart from the University records, was the Manuscript Division. This division held manuscripts of: Utah pioneers, Utah congressmen, and private individuals, diaries, journals, correspondence, scrapbooks, and manuscripts not formally printed or published containing the above primary materials. Records of businesses that had gone out of business, their minutes of meetings and their financial records. Old bank records from banks that had gone out of business, their ledgers, minutes of their meetings and other records. Also congressional papers of Utah congressmen.

Assets and Administrative Structure

Associated Units

Superior unit: J. Reuben Clark, Jr., Library (1961-1973)

Earlier unit: Brigham Young University Library. Manuscript Section (1961)

Later unit: Harold B. Lee Library. Manuscripts Dept. (1973)

Associated Archival Materials

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Archives and Manuscripts Policies and Procedures Manual, ca. 1980: p. Introduction, (program organized for non-University-related manuscripts and archives in about 1960)

Hollis Scott Oral History Interview, Nov. 12, 1968: p. 1-11, (Manuscript Division purposes)

J. Reuben Clark, Jr. Library, Brigham Young University, Annual Report, 1966-1967: pg. 19-20,(virtual completion of backlog of individual manuscript items originating from Special Collections)

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Record ID: EAC-2012-00013

Creator: UPB