Curating History: Brigham Young University (BYU) Library Archivists Gather Historical Treasures
Greg Seppi stood between the rows of materials in the depths of the Harold B. Lee Library. Surrounded by historical manuscripts, rare books and other artifacts, he looked at a line of worn covers.
“I come in sometimes and get excited about my work,” Seppi said.
Seppi is one member of a team of curators for the L. Tom Perry Special Collections in the Harold B. Lee Library at Brigham Young University in Provo tasked with understanding and adding to the library’s seemingly endless collection.
Specifically, Seppi is a curator for 19th and 20th century Mormon and Western Americana Books.
Curating isn’t a career Seppi and Alvord originally set out to do.
“I don’t know if anyone grows up thinking they want to be a librarian,” Alvord said.
About Gary Price
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