October 29, 2012 by Maggie Kopp
Special Collections recently acquired a manuscript Book of Hours created in France (Use of Reims), ca. 1490. The book is in Latin and French with 14 large miniatures and one small one. The Book of Hours might provide some interesting research opportunities in a variety of disciplines.
The miniatures are attributed to the Master of Jean d’Albret, a painter who produced a large number of book decorations between c.1490-1510. He painted both secular and religious volumes in collaboration with Parisian printer Antoine Vérard, and is known to have illustrated several other Books of Hours now held by public institutions. The miniatures in BYU’s manuscript could be studied on their own our in conjunction with the artist’s other works.
The Book of Hours contains several texts in French – some of them quite unusual. They include a Prayer on the Passion of Christ and a Life of Saint Margaret, both recorded in V. Leroquais, Les livres d’heures manuscrits de la bibliothèque nationale. Another text, the “Fifteen Joys of Mary Magdalene,” appears to be unrecorded and might be another potential source of scholarship.
To access a fuller description of the Book of Hours, search the library’s catalog for the title “Book of Hours, Use of Reims.” For further information about the manuscript, contact Curator Maggie Kopp.
January 31, 2012 by Maggie Kopp
Rare periodicals can be a rich source for research in history, literature, and the visual arts. The Victorian Literature collection contains many English periodicals, and like modern magazines, they were aimed at a wide variety of audiences and interests: politics, current events, art, literature, society gossip, fashion, and religion are all represented in the periodicals of the time.
For a class examining domesticity in Victorian culture and literature, Professor Jamie Horrocks has designed a research and writing assignment using rare journals from the Victorian Collection. Students choose and examine a volume from a journal with domestic-related content and write a scholarly introduction to the journal, its scope, intended audience, and general contents. The students also analyze a particular type of content found in the volume (for example, a cooking column or fashion plates). Then, the students use this information to compose an analytical essay based on what they have observed about the periodical, its authors, content, and audience.
November 22, 2011 by Cory Nimer
The L. Tom Perry Special Collections is happy to launch this blog devoted to the topic of teaching and research based in primary sources. Our goal is to share ideas on how to incorporate the wealth of our original documents into the curriculum at BYU and research beyond. Posts to the blog will include: (1) ideas on how our special collections relate to courses taught on campus, (2) ideas for potential research projects, and (3) reports and essays based on successful research and efforts to use primary sources in teaching.