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. The Director of Libraries: Donald K. Nelson (-1973). The Special Collections Librarian: Chad J. Flake (1961-1973).

In 1973 the J. Reuben Clark, Jr. Library was renamed the Harold B. Lee Library, where Special Collections remained.

Variant names

Special Collections

BYU Special Collections

Brigham Young University Special Collections


Established: 1961

Abolished: 1973

Location: Provo, Utah (1961-1973)


"Items too valuable for ordinary circulation" were housed in Special 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

The head of Special Collection worked under the direction of Donald K. Nelson (Director of Libraries).

Associated Units

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

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

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

Associated Archival Materials


Annual Report, Sept. 1966-Aug. 1967: pg. introduction (Donald Nelson Director of Libraries)

L. Tom Perry Special Collections Slideshow, 7 May 2003, (Special Collections Librarian/Supervisor: Chad J. Flake {1961-1973}) http://lib.byu.edu/sites/sc/files/2008/06/sc-department-history.pdf

To help you use the library, 1961: pg. 15-16, (SC contained Mormon Americana, rare books, and subject collections)

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

Maintenance Information

Record ID: EAC-2012-00002

Creator: UPB