Chad J. Flake papers

Chad J. Flake papers

Dates: 1940-2003

Contains Flake's family history research, Flake's personal collection of quotes, personal papers, a suitcase, and scriptural research. The collection also contains copies of news articles pertaining to Flake's terms as an officer in historical societies and the Utah Library Association, and pertaining to donations,acquisitions, and feature articles on the Special Collections section of the Harold B. Lee Library. There are several certificates recognizing Flake's awards and honors. The collection contains Flake's Brigham Young University salary papers from 1960-1994. These papers are restricted until the year 2028. Also included in the collection is a variety of photos (mostly unidentified) from Chad's life including the following: 131 British mission (1949-1951) photographs, nine graduation photographs, twenty-one family and childhood photos, twenty-seven post-mission/career/travel photos. In the collection are the original bound drafts of Flake's A Mormon Bibliography 1830-1930. There are eight bound portions to the original draft of the bibliography. The last item is a landscape painting that hung in Flake's office in Special Collections. Although the first known collection date is 1949, the collection holds a few undated photographs that were taken before 1949. Collection dated from 1940 to 2003.

  • Extent: 6 boxes (3 linear ft.). -- 2 specimen (2 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Flake, Chad J.
  • Call Number: UA 1059
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; University Archives; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602;
  • Access Restrictions: Salary papers restricted until 2028 (Box 2, Folder 6). The rest of the collection is open to public research.
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Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Chad J. Flake papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Conservation: Box 6 (landscape painting) was housed in a velcro, card container (19 March 2004)
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: UA 1059; Chad J. Flake papers; University Archives; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: UA 1059, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donation by family of Chad J. Flake, 2003. Suitcase found in the University Archives in December 2014.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Family of Chad J. Flake; 2003. Found; University Archives; December 2014.
Other Finding Aids
Finding aid available online and in the reference room of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections.
Subject Terms
Education; Mormon Church--Missions--England--History; Publications; Colleges and Universities; Flake, Chad J.; Flake, Chad J.--Archives; Brigham Young University--Faculty
Genre / Form
Photographs; Quotations, American
Processing Information
Processed; Katie Shull; 2003. Processed; Erin Owens; January 2015.
Appraisal Information
University history (University Archives collecting policy, February 2010).
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Finding Aid Title
Flake (Chad J.) papers
Finding Aid Author
Garrett Schroath
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2015-04-08 16:30:11 -0600.
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Biographical History

Chad J. Flake (1929-2003) was a Mormon scholar and curator of L. Tom Perry Special Collections.

Chad John Flake was born December 28, 1929, in Snowflake, Arizona, a town founded by his grandfather William J. Flake. Chad was the son of John Taylor Flake and Carrie Lindsey Flake. His mother died when Chad was 9. Later his father married Annise Jackson Flake. Following his graduation from Snowflake High School, Chad attended Northern Arizona University and Brigham Young University. He received a Master of Arts degree from Denver University. He served a mission to Great Britain.

Chad joined the faculty at BYU, where he served as General Reference Librarian, Documents Librarian, and was eventually appointed Curator of Special Collections. Under his direction, the Lee Library developed the finest collection of rare books in the Intermountain West and the second finest Mormon collection in existence. He was instrumental in acquiring and preserving rare manuscripts for BYU. One of Chad's greatest contributions to BYU and to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was a monumental work Mormon Bibliography, 1830-1930, for which he received the John Whitmer Association Award for the best Mormon book of the year and the Mormon History Association's award for best book of the year. College and Research Libraries recognized this bibliography as one of the two significant religious reference works of 1978. This work and its supplements remain an essential resource for researchers today. Chad created the Aldine Classification Schedule which expanded greatly the Annales de L'imprimerie des Aldine…by Antonio Auguste Renouard. He served as a member of the Library of Congress Classification Committee; and as a member of the Library Preservation Committee, he wrote a disaster preparedness plan that received wide recognition at the Cambridge 1980 International Conference on the Conservation of Library and Archival Materials and the Graphic Arts. An active member of both the American and Utah Library Associations, Chad also served as president of the Western History Association.

Chad J. Flake died on June 18, 2003.

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