L. Tom Perry Special Collections

In 1999 Special Collections was moved to the first floor (second level down) of the Harold B. Lee Library and by request of Aline and L. Sam Skaggs (who made a generous financial donation to the new library) Special Collections was named after L. Tom Perry.

Variant names


Perry Special Collections

Special Collections


Established: 1999

Location: Provo, Utah (1999-present
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The L. Tom Perry Special Collections Library preserves and houses materials requiring regulation. Because of their uniqueness, value, or fragility, these materials are given great care to protect them from damage or theft and to ensure their proper long-term use.

Hence, Special Collections acquires, preserves, and makes available for use printed materials (280,000 books, pamphlets, prints, etc.) and a vast array of items comprising manuscript materials (8,000 manuscript collections including diaries, journals, papers, music scores, university records [including records of retired faculty], and 500,000 photographs).

In keeping with the vision of Brigham Young University, all undergraduates are encouraged to have a graduate-level research experience at BYU. Special Collections wants to help in this mission by allowing all students the opportunity to research the vast collection of primary sources in its holdings. All other patrons outside of BYU including researchers from other universities are also invited to visit and do research.

L. Tom Perry Special Collections' more precise catagories of interest are: Mormon and Western Americana Collection (from 1800s to the present), a conservation laboratory, Folklore Archives, Renaissance and Reformation Collections, Film and Music Archives, Arts and Communications Archives (emphasizing in motion pictures, art, broadcasting and journalism), Photograph Archives, Victorian Collections, Literature, Fine Printing Collections, and the Brigham Young Universtiy Archives.

Assets and Administrative Structure

In 2012 L. Tom Perry Special Collections staff possitions consisted of: A Department Chair, Administrative Assistant, Assistant Department Chair for Manuscripts, Assistant University Archivist for Special Collections, University Archivist, Paraprofessional Manuscript Professor, Manuscript Cataloger and Metadata Specialist, 9 Curators and 3 Adjunct Curators.

Associated Units

Superior unit: Brigham Young University (1903-present
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) Superior unit: Harold B. Lee Library (1973-present
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Earlier unit: Harold B. Lee Library. Special Collections and Manuscripts (1991-1999)

Associated Archival Materials

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L. Tom Perry Special Collections Library at Brigham Young Univeristy, June 2000, all pages, Information Gathered: The precise catagories of interest to the Perry Special Collections.

L. Tom Perry Special Collections: About Us, 2012, lib.byu.edu/sites/sc/about-us/, Information Gathered: Functions of the Perry Special Collections.

L. Tom Perry Special Collections: Personnel and Staff, 2012, lib.byu.edu/sites/sc/about-us/personnel-and-staff/, Information Gathered: Personel and Staff.

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.

Maintenance Information

Record ID: EAC-2012-00009

Creator: UPB

LCCN: nr 00038592