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BYU's Lee Library part of unique national archive essay, video competition

Entries due Feb. 4 at 5 p.m.

Found something unique or special in the Brigham Young University archives recently? The L. Tom Perry Special Collections at the Harold B. Lee Library is seeking entrants for the “I Found It in the Archives” Essay and Video Contest sponsored by the Society of American Archivists. Entries will be accepted until Feb. 4 at 5 p.m.

The contest is designed to show how items and information found in the nation’s archives touch people’s lives. Archive items such as records, photographs, letters, sound recordings, oral histories, diaries or other materials that have influenced patrons’ personal and professional research are eligible for the contest.

Submissions can be:

• A 400-word essay describing the applicant’s quest for information and explaining why finding the information has made a personal difference, along with a color photograph of the applicant.

• A video of no more than two minutes in which the applicant describes the quest for information and explains why finding the information has made a personal difference.

Applicants are welcome to film items from the Perry Special Collections in either the seminar room or classroom after making arrangements.

There will be a maximum of five finalists in each category of the contest, and their videos and essays will be placed online for a public vote. The video and essay with the most votes will be declared the winners and will receive a CD from the Lee Library’s Film and Music Collection and a behind-the-scenes tour of Special Collections. Selected runners-up will also receive a behind-the-scenes tour of the Perry Special Collections.

The winning entries will be forwarded to the national competition at the National Archives.

Essays and videos should be submitted, with the contest entry and release and waiver form found at, to Videos may also be uploaded to YouTube and Vimeo.

For more information, contact Roger Layton at (801) 422-6687.


Writer: Mel Gardner

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