Finding Manuscripts

There are a variety of ways to search for manuscripts at BYU-Idaho:

Browse Alphabetical List of Manuscript Collections

black dot Use the library catalog on the internet. Select Advanced Search and in the Limits select "Special Collections".

black dot Use the Manuscripts Collection Descriptions page. This page allows you to search BYU and BYU-Idaho's manuscript collections and receive more detailed information about the collection's availability and contents.

black dot Some collections have a digital content on our Oral History Interviews page.

black dot To find collections outside of BYU and BYU-Idaho visit our other repositories page.

About Manuscripts at BYU-Idaho

The manuscript section of the Special Collections & Archives collects, by definition, historical materials originating outside of the university. Material created by BYU-Idaho is housed in the Archives. The Manuscripts section arranges and describes material collected by the University. Manuscripts may be either personal or corporate. A manuscript collection may be comprised of the letters and journals of an individual or the correspondence, administrative files and financial records of a business, corporation or family.

Manuscripts are organized differently than books in a library. Instead of being arranged by subject they are grouped by the creator of the papers or records. For example, the manuscript section holds the Ruth Barrus collection and the Great Feeder Canal Company collection. Collections vary greatly in size and composition.

Each collection has a finding aid, called a register. The register contains an introduction, a biographical sketch or agency history, a scope and content note and an inventory of the collection.

Manuscript collections can be viewed in the reading room. After the researcher has determined that the Special Collections & Archives holds a collection that they are interested in the researcher can request a box from the collection. An employee will retrieve the box and bring it to the researcher in the reading room. View the Reading Room Rules online and sign the form to have access to reading room materials, copies are also available in the reading room.