J. Reuben Clark, Jr., Library. Special Collections

Upon the completion of the J. Reuben Clark, Jr. Library Fall 1961, Special Collections was moved from the Heber J. Grant Building to the new edifice. In 1958, it was planned that Special Collections, the archives, reading room and a vault would be housed on the main (3rd) floor of the J. Reuben Clark, Jr. Library.

In 1973 the J. Reuben Clark, Jr. Library was renamed the Harold B. Lee Library, where Special Collections remained. Later, Special Collections merged with the Archives and Manuscripts department, was renamed Special Collections and Manuscripts, then was renamed the L. Tom Perry Special Collections and moved to the basement of the building.

Variant names

Special Collections

BYU Special Collections

Brigham Young University Special Collections



Established: 1961

Abolished: 1973

Location: Provo, Utah (1961-1973)


"Items too valuabel for ordinary circulation" were housed in Speciall Collections. The main items were: Mormon Americana (books by or about the Mormon Church and about Utah as it related to the people and events around Mormon subjects. Many of these were copied and made available in the regular stacks); Rare material (books published before 1800, books which had a value of more than $50, and books which had been published in limited editions of 300 or less); and Subject Collections (private libraries or collections purchased by the library.)"

Assets and Administrative Structure

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Associated Units

Superior unit: Brigham Young University (1903-)

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

Earlier unit: Brigham Young University. Special Collections (1957-1961)

Later unit: Harold B. Lee Library. Special Collections (1973-1991)

Associated Archival Materials


To help you use the library, 1961, pgs. 15-16, Information Gathered: SC contained Mormon Americana, rare books, and subject collections.

Program Requirements for the Library Building, March 28, 1958, pgs. 17-18, Information Gathered: planned location of SC, archives, reading room and vault (3rd floor).

Maintenance Information

Record ID: EAC-2012-00002

Creator: UPB