The Miracle at Academy Square collection

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The Miracle at Academy Square collection

Dates: approximately 1984-2003

Contains an extremely detailed compilation (eight volumes) of official documents, correspondence, minutes, photographs, estimates, and records associated with the renovation of the old Brigham Young Academy building in Provo, UT. Also includes a CD with a digitized copy of each volume (excluding Vol. 3, written by L. Lee Bartlett).

  • Extent: 4 boxes (2 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Smoot, L. Douglas (Leon Douglas)
  • Call Number: MSS 2940
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602;
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
Languages and Scripts
Eight volumes sorted numerically by volume number.
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from The Miracle at Academy Square collection must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Preferred Citation
Initial Citation: MSS 2940; The Miracle at Academy Square collection; 19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following Citations: MSS 2940, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Collection donated by L. Douglas Smoot to the L. Tom Perry Special Collections in November, 2003.
Acquisition Information
Donated; L. Douglas Smoot; 2003.
Other Finding Aids
Box-level inventory available online. Links to "no. 3".
Subject Terms
Bartlett, L. Lee; Brigham Young Academy; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Material Types; Provo (Utah); Publications
Genre / Form
CD-ROMs; Corporate minutes; Letters; Photographs
Processing Information
Processed; Taylor M. Dix; November, 2003.
Appraisal Information
LDS scholarship and historiography (20th century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.III, 2007).
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
Miracle at Academy Square collection
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Taylor M. Dix
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013-10-04T13:54-0600
Finding Aid Language
Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008
Biographical Info:

Biographical History

Leon Douglas Smoot, great-grandson of early LDS leader Abraham O. Smoot, is a Provo, UT native. He earned a degree in chemical engineering and worked as a professor at BYU and as a private consultant. He was instrumental in the renovation of the early Brigham Young Academy building in Provo, UT.

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Curator - 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts