All of our holdings fall under a certain collection or archive area listed below. Feel free to browse our major collections and archives by clicking one of links below. Each collection area page contains introductory information, descriptions, highlights, guides and Manuscript Collection Descriptions created to help patrons find what they are looking for.
Mormonism, Utah, & the West
Material related to Yellowstone National Park and environs
Western & Mormon Publications
Printed material relating to the American West and Mormonism
American Rare Literary Authors
The American Literature Collection mirrors the types of material found in the Victorian and Edwardian Collections.
Edward M. Rowe Collection of William Wordsworth
The core of the William Wordsworth collection at BYU was donated by Edward M. Rowe, a former professor of English Literature at BYU and consists of primary and secondary works relating to the life and career of William Wordsworth and his sister, Dorothy.
Herman Melville (1819–1891) was an American novelist, essayist, and poet. His early novels were popular during his lifetime, but his popularity waned later in his life.
Louisa May Alcott
Louisa May Alcott (1832–1888) was an American novelist best known for the novel Little Women, which she wrote in 1868.
Robert Burns (1759–1796) was a Scottish poet and songwriter, widely regarded as Scotland’s national poet.
Victorian & Edwardian
19th and early 20th Century English literature, popular life, social history, politics and religion
Walter “Walt” Whitman (1819–1892) is considered by some to be the most influential poet of the United States.
History of Printing and Fine Press
Fine press works from 1892 to the present
History of Science
16th and 17th century scientific texts
J.F.C. Harrison (John Harrison as he is called) is a contemporary British social historian who has published many books on Victorian England and 19th century social movements.
Renaissance & Reformation
European religion, diplomacy, and arts
Mormonism, Utah, & the West
19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts
The 19th century American West, with an emphasis on Latter-day Saints (Mormons)
20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts
The 20th century American West, with an emphasis on Latter-day Saints (Mormons)
21st Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts
The 21st century American West, with an emphasis on Latter-day Saints (Mormons)
Documenting the lives and experience of military veterans, including oral histories, autobiographies, memoirs, and more
William A. Wilson Folklore Archives
Folklore scholarship, legends, customs, speech, beliefs, songs, material culture and more
Women’s Manuscript Collections
Documenting the lives, roles, and accomplishments of women in Utah, Mormonism and the West
Photography of Utah, the American West, and the history of photography
Arts & Communications
Arts & Communications Archives
The Arts, motion pictures, broadcasting, and journalism
Film Music Archives
Music made for 20th century films
Music Special Collections
Manuscript and published music, as well as related archives and personal papers
The archives of the university, including records, correspondence, reports, photographs, and more