Special Collections Books
The Western and Mormon Americana Section consists of books, pamphlets, serials, newspapers, microfilm, theses, dissertations, vertical files, and other printed materials focusing on the history and culture of the American West and of Mormonism.
The Western Americana Collection particularly focuses on the areas of Cache Valley (Utah and Idaho) and its people, places and events, and the states of Utah, Idaho, Arizona, Nevada and Wyoming. This collection also includes publications by or about western authors including Jack London, Vardis Fisher and others. Local and community histories, diaries and journals, histories of different cultures and groups of people make up a significant part of this collection.
The Mormon Americana Collection is composed of rare and historical printed materials from the beginning of Mormonism to the present. This collection began with the purchase of the Eli H. Peirce collection of rare Mormon books and pamphlets in 1916, was enhanced by the donation of rare books to the library by L. Boyd Hatch in the 1940s, and continues to grow through purchases and generous donations. Although the major emphasis is on the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, historical and cultural materials on all Mormon churches are included in the collection. These materials include such research materials as reference works, church histories, biographies, personal and family histories, historical studies, and publications from the various churches.