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Brigham Young University, Harold B. Lee Library

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Brigham Young University

Harold B. Lee Library

Campus Dr, Provo, UT 84602

http://lib.byu.edu/

Description:

The Harold B. Lee Library began as a small collection of books kept in the office of Karl G. Maeser during his time as Principal of Brigham Young Academy. The small library relied almost exclusively on gifts, donations and free material from the Federal Government. Unfortunately, when the Lewis building burned down in 1884, the fire also destroyed the library collection. By the time the Education Building was completed in 1892, a new library had been formed and a room was provided on the second floor of the new building. By 1903, Brigham Young Academy had strengthened its curriculum and enrollment had increased, and the name was changed to Brigham Young University. The library continued to grow with the new University, and the physical quarters of the library were expanded to an additional room in 1906 to accommodate the growing collection.

In 1973 the name of the J. Reuben Clark Library was changed to the Harold B. Lee Library, in honor of the former president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Description from: http://lib.byu.edu/about/history/

Categories: Martin Van Buren, John Tyler, Andrew Johnson, Ulysses S. Grant, Rutherford B. Hayes, James A. Garfield,

Collections:
Udney Hay Jacob to Martin Van Buren, 1840
Reed Smoot Papers, 1880-1966
Joseph Smith Correspondence, 1833-1844
Pardon of John J. Kelly
Appointment Certificate for Samuel Wilson,  12 March 1868
Letter authorizing the Secretary of State to validate a warrant
Certificates and letters, 1869-1873.[Ulysses S. Grant]
William H. Taft to J.G. Reeves, 10 Jan 1899
John J. Henry. Certificate of appointment, 17 Dec. 1875 and 30 Jan. 1880.
Woodrow Wilson to H. Lawrence Thackwell, 11 April 1917
George S. Wood to Ulysses S. Grant, 13 Nov. 1870
Syngman Rhee Correspondence, 1910
Petition for the pardon of George Reynolds, 1879
Scrapbook of clippings related to the life and assassination of James A Garfield, 1881

Note that this is an incomplete collections list. Please contact the organization directly for the most current information about their holdings.


Udney Hay Jacob to Martin Van Buren, 1840

Photocopy of a handwritten and signed letter addressed to Martin Van Buren and dated 19 March 1840. Jacob writes to Van Buren offering to aid him in the presidential election if Van Buren would finance the printing of a manuscript to be used against Joseph Smith and the Mormons

Size
1 item

Presidential content includes:

- Martin Van Buren
Photocopy of one item. This item may be part of the Library of Congress Martin Van Buren collection.

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Reed Smoot Papers, 1880-1966

Smoot, Reed, 1862-1941. Republican senator from Utah (1903-1933) and one of the twelve apostles of the Mormon Church (1900-1941). Correspondence, journals, newspaper clippings, speeches, and memorabilia. Most of the materials relate to Smoot's career as a senator and his activities as a church leader. His correspondents include the presidents of the United States: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, Woodrow Wilson, Warren G. Harding, Calvin Coolidge, and Herbert Hoover and the Mormon Church leaders: Joseph F. Smith, Heber J. Grant, James E. Talmage, C.W. Nibley, Richard R. Lyman, and John Henry Smith.

Also available in the original form in MSS 1187. Finding aid availble in repository.

 

http://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/122494980

Size
102 reels of microfilm

Presidential content includes:

- Calvin Coolidge

- Theodore Roosevelt

- William Taft

- Woodrow Wilson

- Warren G. Harding

- Herbert Hoover

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Joseph Smith Correspondence, 1833-1844

6 items (6 pages).
Photocopies of handwritten correspondence. The items include a letter to the president of the United States, John Tyler (1790-1862), requesting federal aid from the mobs in Illinois; a note to Smith's wife, Emma Hale Smith (1804-1879); and a receipt for Joseph Smith's coffin.
Founder and first president of the Mormon Church.
http://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/122645308

Size
6 items

Presidential content includes:

- John Tyler

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Pardon of John J. Kelly

Handwritten pardon issued by the office of the president of the United States, Chester A. Arthur (1829-1886) and signed by him, 1884. The item pardons John J. Kelly of Utah for crimes of "bigamy or polygamy and unlawful cohabitation."

 

  1. http://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/122609059

Size
2 pages

Presidential content includes:

- Chester A. Arthur

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Appointment Certificate for Samuel Wilson,  12 March 1868

1 fd. (1 item) ; 48 x 40 cm.
Certificate of appointment of Samuel L. Wilson to a Commission of Lieutenant in the United States Navy, 12 March 1868. The certificate is signed by Andrew Johnson, President of the United States, and Gideon Wells, Secretary of the Navy. Official seal is attached.
 

Size
1 item

Presidential content includes:

- Andrew Johnson

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Letter authorizing the Secretary of State to validate a warrant

Letter authorizing the Secretary of State to validate a warrant written by Chester Alan Arthur, 1829-1886. Holograph, signed.

 

http://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/122535602

Presidential content includes:

- Chester A. Arthur

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Certificates and letters, 1869-1873.[Ulysses S. Grant]

4 items (6 pages).
Two printed forms with handwritten notations. Grant appoints Henry Baxter as "Minister Resident" to Honduras and gives him diplomatic passage and protection. Also incuded are two handwritten and signed letters in which Grant authorizes Baxter to represent, consult, and negotiate in behalf of the United States.
Eighteenth president of the United States.
Archivegrid: http://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/81575304

Size
4 items

Presidential content includes:

- Ulysses S. Grant

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William H. Taft to J.G. Reeves, 10 Jan 1899

Taft, William H. (William Howard), 1857-1930 to Colonel J.G. Reeves notifying him that his son, Harold, could enter the Cincinnati Law School. Written January 10, 1899, Taft was Dean of the Cincinnati Law School at the time the letter was written.

 

http://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/122644652

Size
1 page

Presidential content includes:

- William Taft

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John J. Henry. Certificate of appointment, 17 Dec. 1875 and 30 Jan. 1880.

2 items (2 p.)
Oversized printed documents with handwritten notations. Collection includes legal documents, the appointment of Henry as Register of the Land Office at Fair Play, Colorado, 1875, signed by Ulysses S. Grant, and at Leadville, Colorado, 1880, signed by Rutherford B. Hayes.
Archivgrid: http://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/122480016

Size
2 items

Presidential content includes:

- Ulysses S. Grant

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Woodrow Wilson to H. Lawrence Thackwell, 11 April 1917

Wilson, Woodrow, 1856-1924. Typewritten and signed letter, dated April 11, 1917, and addressed to H. Lawrence Thackwell, a civil engineer in Marbleton, Wyoming. Wilson thanks Thackwell for his offer of unnamed services. Wilson says he will file the offer with the War Department which may make use of Thackwell's assistance.

 

https://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/145435274

Size
1 item

Presidential content includes:

- Woodrow Wilson

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George S. Wood to Ulysses S. Grant, 13 Nov. 1870

1 item (4 pages).
Handwritten and signed letter, dated 13 Nov. 1870, and addressed to Ulysses S. Grant, president of the United States. Woods writes about the social an political situation in Utah.
Governor of the territory of Utah.
Archivegrid: http://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/122497530

Size
1 item

Presidential content includes:

- Ulysses S. Grant

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Syngman Rhee Correspondence, 1910

Rhee, Syngman, 1876-1965. Korean politician, first president of the Korean Republic, and first Korean to receive a doctoral degree from an American university (Princeton, 1910). Four photocopied letters relating to the establishing of the "Cosmopolitan Club" at Princeton University. The cover letter is addressed to Woodrow Wilson, president of Princeton, with accompanying letters relating to the "Cosmopolitan Club" at Harvard University.

 

https://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/122367740

Size
4 items

Presidential content includes:

- Woodrow Wilson

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Petition for the pardon of George Reynolds, 1879

1 item (2 pages).
Photostat copy of a handwritten petition, dated 14 May 1879, and addressed to Rutherford B. Hays, president of the United States. Citizens of Utah petition for the release of George Reynolds from prison. The "undersigned" citizens are not listed.
http://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/122599304

Size
1 items

Presidential content includes:

- Rutherford B. Hayes

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1 v. (ca. 100 p.)

Scrapbook of newspapers clippings relating to the career and assassination of the President of the United States, James A. Garfield (1831-1881). Also including are clippings relating to Garfield's assassin, John Wilson Guiteau (1834-1916).

 

https://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/122606079

Size
1 volume (100 p.)

Presidential content includes:

- James A. Garfield

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