Among the most diverse and valuable holdings in the University of Utah Libraries are those held in the Special Collections Department. The department collects and preserves materials that require unusual care or special attention to their acquisition, processing, and patron use. The department's mission statement is to acquire and make available books, periodicals, documents, photographs, films, and original materials documenting the history of Utah, the Mormons, and the West, with the addition of the Middle East and the University of Utah.
The department's collections are accessible primarily online. Special indexes and collection guides are also available. Special Collections holdings do not circulate, often because of the rarity or value of the item, but primarily to ensure that researchers will have ready access to them. Exceptions to this rule can be learned by contacting the appropriate reference desk. Professional librarians and archivists are available to assist users.
NOTICE: Northwest Digital Archives (NWDA) will officially be Archives West starting July 1st (archiveswest.orbiscascade.org). As the transition occurs, NWDA will be down starting June 29th until July 1st. If you need assistance with a finding aid, please contact Special Collections directly at 801-581-8863.
The Mormon Pioneer National Heritage Area (MPNHA) spans 250 miles (400 km) within central and southern Utah, mostly along a corridor followed by scenic byways U.S. Highway 89 and Utah State Route 24, and the half-loop of Utah State Route 12, which is Utah’s only All-American Road. It was established by the U.S. Congress to commemorate the...
Scott & Welch was an architectural partnership of Carl W. Scott (born 1887) and George W. Welch (born 1886) in Utah. They designed schools, libraries, and other buildings that were built by New Deal programs. A number of their works are listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places (NRHP).
Welch served in the Utah House of...
Bibliographical Center for Research was a library cooperative and regional libraries network. Its members included over 8000 libraries in an 11-state region (Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming) of the western United States. BCR was created in 1935 and was the nation’s oldest and most...