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Rose Marie Reid: Glamour By Design

Tue, 08/18/2015 - 1:36pm

Sports Illustrated Sporting Look Award, 1958, and Los Angeles Times Woman of the Year, 1955, are just two of the honors bestowed on successful business woman Rose Marie Reid. Today her work sought out by fans of mid century fashion and she continues to inspire new generations of designers.

In the middle of the Great Depression, Rose Marie Yancey married Jack Reid, a swimming instructor and athletic manager in Vancouver, Canada. Jack asked Rose Marie to design him a more functional swimsuit. He was so happy with the lace-up suit that he took a duplicate suit to the Hudson Bay Department Store. Impressed, Hudson Bay requested a lady’s suit design and ended up ordering nearly two hundred. With that 1936 order, Rose Marie Reid’s first business, Reid’s Holiday Togs, Ltd. was born. From that day until the mid-1960s the name Rose Marie Reid was synonymous with beautiful, functional, and innovative women’s swimwear. Her swimsuits were advertised widely in fashion magazines and were sold in department stores in Canada, the United States, and Europe.

The L. Tom Perry Special Collections just opened a new exhibition on the life and work of Rose Marie Reid just in time for Education Week 2015. Rose Marie Reid: Glamour By Design will feature Reid’s letters, photographs, promotional materials, and of course significant examples of her swimwear.

Reid’s suits were more than fashionable. Her long-term success came from using patented fabrics and designs to improve the fit and function of her suits. She found loyal customers in some of the biggest names in Hollywood. Rita Hayworth, Jane Mansfield, and Marilyn Monroe were known to wear Rose Marie Reid suits. In 1959, Sandra Dee and the other female co-stars of the film Gidget all wore Reid’s suits.

Rose Marie Reid: Glamour By Design is located on level 1 of The Harold B. Lee Library on the campus of Brigham Young University. The exhibition is open to the public and admission is free. Special Collections’ hours are 8:00 am to 9:00 pm Monday through Thursday, 8:00 am to 6:00 pm Friday, and 10:00 am until 6:00 pm Saturday. You can call the reception desk of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections at 801-422-3514 to check on holiday hours. Parking is free in BYU visitor parking areas near the Museum of Art and on the East side of campus. The exhibition will be in place from August 17, 2015 through late spring of 2016.

“Jesus the Christ”

Fri, 08/14/2015 - 5:12pm

There is a new exhibit on display in the lobby of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections commemorating the 100th anniversary of the publication of Jesus the Christ. The exhibit is co-curated by Ryan K. Lee, manuscript curator, and Gerrit van Dyk, Mormon Studies.

In September 1915 the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints published Jesus the Christ, a monumental work on the life of Jesus Christ by Elder James E. Talmage of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles that was over a decade in the making. Elder Talmage had already made a name for himself as a brilliant scientist, lecturer, and educator prior to this book. But this work became an instant classic and solidified Talmage’s legendary status among other Church intellectuals and witnesses to the truthfulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Mostly known for being a large book full of an advanced vocabulary, this book has been used for decades as one of the foundational works for Church missionaries and members to study when wanting to know more about the life of Jesus Christ.

This exhibit showcases items from L. Tom Perry Special Collections and the Harold B. Lee Library related to the history and production of this seminal work. Included in the exhibit are entries from Elder Talmage’s personal journals and a video and audio recording of Talmage. Also included are works that influenced Talmage in his writing and research for this book, a first edition copy signed by the First Presidency in 1915, and selected foreign language editions. You are welcome to thumb through a first edition copy from the Lee Library’s open stacks, as well as record any experiences you have had with reading Jesus the Christ. May this exhibit help the visitor better understand the history behind this classic work that influenced so many in their journey to come to know the Savior of Mankind.

Mintel Trends: Spot Innovations

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 4:42pm

The Library is happy to announce the acquisition of Mintel Trends.

Mintel’s researchers examine 80 trends affecting consumers today, swapping out old trends for new ones.

Mintel Trends is a great way to spot innovations and opportunities. We’re pleased to add it to the in-depth market research we already get through Mintel Reports.

Access on or off campus

Mintel Trends


Mintel Reports

Nauvoo Temple exhibit

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 4:17pm

The L. Tom Perry Special Collections recently installed a new exhibit on the Nauvoo Temple titled “’Sacrifice brings forth the blessings of heaven’: understanding the Nauvoo Temple.” This exhibit is curated by Annie Kirkpatrick, an intern for Curator Ryan Lee, and showcases documents and images housed in Perry Special Collections related to the Nauvoo Temple. From construction, to introducing new ordinances, to eventual abandonment and destruction, this exhibit examines the sacrifices made by those who gave their time, talents, and substance to the building of this glorious edifice, and the eventual blessings of ordinances of eternal significance.

Also shown are items that reflect on how the temple was viewed by others around the nation, and witnesses to its eventual demise at the hands of mobs. The exhibit will hopefully help the viewer understand the sacrifices made for the early temples of the Restoration, and cause one to reflect on the types of sacrifices made for temples in our day.

Drama Online

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 2:52pm

Visit the library’s database page and you will find Drama Online. This new database provide quick and easy access to a wide range of plays from classics to contemporary. Their tag line is “1000+ plays 100+ scholarly works.”

You can not only read the plays but you have access to interactive play tools that help you envision the works.


Click here for a head start.

Fall 2015, Rose Marie Reid: The Mormon Designer Who Built a Swimsuit Empire

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 2:12pm

This fall the library will open a large exhibition on LDS businesswoman Rose Marie Reid.

Rose Marie Reid: The Mormon Designer Who Built a Swimsuit Empire

Located on level 1 of the library in the L. Tom Perry Special Collections (the exhibit space currently hosting an exhibition on World War I) the exhibition will feature information on the business built by Ms. Reid along with examples of swimwear she designed. We’ll share more as the opening date approaches.

Library Power Outage on Level 3 This Weekend

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 12:28pm

Some parts of the main floor of the Harold B. Lee Library will be without power, lights, and possibly wifi this weekend. Starting on Friday evening the Learning Commons will turn off the public computers in anticipation of electrical work. The library will also take advantage of the holiday weekend to perform required maintenance on the library’s catalog system. Most of the library will be open as usual and the majority of the library’s online resources will be available through lib.byu.edu.

Book checkout may be relocated to the Reading Room on level 2 if it becomes necessary.

Six Degrees of Acronyms: BYU in the DPLA

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 2:48pm

The new Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is a great resource for content about our country. What most people don’t know is the The Harold B. Lee Library (HBLL) was one of the early contributors to the system.

The Lee library is part of the Utah Academic Library Consortium (UALC), a group of university and college libraries who have teamed up to improve libraries. UALC created the Mountain West Digital Library (MWDL). The MWDL is run by a small team of dedicated, creative, and very effective people who have built a collection of images and other content from across the intermountain west. As the MWDL collections grew, along came the DPLA and the great folks at the MWDL, who jumped at the chance to participate. Suddenly, people throughout the country now have easy access to many of the Lee Library’s images through a nationally known system.

If you pay attention, you will find content from BYU appearing in papers and articles around the internet.


 (Coach Romney in ‘Counselor at Law,’ 1930s. Courtesy University Archives, L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University, via Mountain West Digital Library.)



I bet you had no idea that it took so many acronyms to get great content on the Internet.