Mormon Manuscript Materials in Utah State University's Special Collections & Archives
Mormon Historical Studies
Mormon Historic Sites Foundation
The Division of Special Collections and Archives located in the Merrill Library at Utah State University, Logan, Utah, is composed of six different sections (Manuscripts, Photographs, University Archives, Rare Books, Preservation, and Art and Book Arts). Although each of these sections focuses on collecting different types of materials, one major focus for Special Collections as a whole is Mormon history. Although the division itself has existed only since 1965, Utah State University’s collection of Mormon materials dates back to 1916 when the university spent its entire book budget to purchase the Eli H. Peirce library. This collection contained almost seven hundred books focusing on Mormon and Utah history.2 Since then, USU’s collection of Mormon materials has steadily grown, and now it is one of the top ten in the country and one of the largest held by a public institution. What follows is a brief list of some of the major Mormon manuscript collections at USU.
“Mormon Manuscript Materials in Utah State University’s Special Collections & Archives.” Mormon Historical Studies, Spring 2000: 137-142.