Biographies

Kopp, Maggie Gallup

Maggie Kopp
Maggie Gallup Kopp is Curator of Rare Books at L. Tom Perry Special Collections in the Harold B. Lee Library, where she is responsible for the European historical collections and rare British and American literature. Maggie holds an MA in Medieval Studies from Fordham University and an MLS from the University of Texas at Austin.

 


 

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Myrna Layton
Myrna Layton is Performing Arts Librarian at Brigham Young University. After completing her undergraduate education at BYU, Myrna received a Masters of Arts in Humanities with a Music emphasis from California State University, an MLIS from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, and a doctorate in Musicology from the University of South Africa. Myrna has taught World Music at Utah Valley University and currently teaches a Topics in Music class at BYU. Myrna performs with the Balinese gamelan Bintang Wahyu at BYU.

 


 

Lee, RyanRyan Lee
Ryan Lee is Curator of 19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts at L. Tom Perry Special Collections in the Harold B. Lee Library.  He earned a master’s degree in library science (MLS) with a specialization in archives and records management from Indiana University, and became a Certified Archivist in 2011.  Ryan has worked previously for the LDS Church History Library and Indiana University Office of Archives and Records Management.  His research interests include archival description, digitization and access to archival materials, and historical records and research of 19th Century Mormonism, Utah, and the American West.

 


 

Mike MacKayMike MacKay
Dr. Michael Hubbard MacKay studied history at the University of York where he was awarded a PhD in 2009. He is an assistant professor in the Department of Church History and Doctrine where he teaches early Mormon history and the Doctrine and Covenants. He is a Board Member of Mormon Historical Studies and Book of Mormon Studies. Previous to his current position he worked as a historian/writer for the Joseph Smith Paper Project and as a  visiting professor for the Department of History at BYU.

 


 

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Robert L. Maxwell is a regular presenter at the A. Dean Larsen Book Collecting Conference. He is one of the Library’s rare materials catalogers and is curator of the Orson Scott Card Collection. He holds a PhD in Classics from University of Toronto, and a JD, an MA, and an MLS from Brigham Young University. He also received his BA from BYU in French and Latin.

 


 

Saunders, Richard 2017(edit)Richard Saunders
Dr. Richard Saunders is an academic librarian and Dean of Library Services at Southern Utah University. A graduate of Utah State University, he holds a library degree from Brigham Young University and a PhD from the University of Memphis with an emphasis on the social history of recent America, and is professionally accredited by the Academy of Certified Archivists.  His professional work experience includes service at the Utah State Historical Society, Montana State University, in the production side of commercial publishing, and at the University of Tennessee at Martin.  Though a professional librarian, he has conducted historical research across the US and published widely, on Yellowstone literature, early Utah printing, Montana history, the work of historian Dale L. Morgan, Tennessee novelist Harry Kroll, and the civil rights movement in rural areas during the 1950s and 60s.

 


 

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Gregory Seppi is the Curator of 19th and 20th Century Mormon and Western Americana at Brigham Young University in Provo, UT. In addition to his curatorial responsibilities, he is currently finishing his Master of Library and Information Science degree through San José State. He also holds an MA in the History of Medicine from Oxford Brookes University (2011) and a BA in History from Brigham Young University (2010). Prior to his employment at BYU, he acquired rare books for the LDS Church History Department in Salt Lake City, UT, from 2013-2014. His research interests include the history of printing (especially ephemera), religious studies, women’s history, and the history of race and gender in the west.

 


 

Skeem, Dainan

Dainan Skeem
Dainan Skeem is the curator of the 21st Century Mormon & Western Manuscripts collection at Brigham Young University’s L. Tom Perry Special Collections with responsibilities for documenting the current century’s history of the LDS church, Utah, and the West. He has previously worked as an archivist at the University of Hawaii at Manoa with responsibilities for the University Archives’ manuscript collections, including the Japanese American Veterans Collection. He has also worked as an archivist at the Hawaii State Archives right after graduating with his MLISc from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 2007. He also has a MEd in Learning Design & Technology from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

 


 

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Russ Taylor is the Assistant University Librarian over Special Collections, before which he had been Supervisor of Reference Services at the L. Tom Perry Special Collections of BYU’s Harold B. Lee Library since 1999. Prior professional work includes 15 years as a corporate speechwriter, three years as assistant curator of Special Collections at BYU and temporary positions as reference librarian at Mary Washington College (Fredericksburg, Virginia) and Anoka-Ramsey Community College (Coon Rapids, Minnesota), and as a contract library cataloger for Advanced Information Consultants (Minneapolis, Minnesota). To round out his professional career, he has also worked as a bull whacker and an ox driver for the Minnesota State Historical Society at the Oliver Kelly Historic Farm in Elk River, Minnesota, and at “This Is The Place” Heritage Park in Salt Lake City.

 


 

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Peter Thomas
Peter Thomas works with his wife, Donna, as a book artist, papermaker and letterpress printer. Togeth
er, they write, illustrate, and bind their own books. Throughout 2017-2018 they are celebrating 40 years of making books, and the completion of their 160th artist’s book, with a series of shows and workshops across the country. When they began in 1977, their aim was to create books made of the finest materials, produced to the highest standards; making their own paper, printing and illustrating and binding their books. This aesthetic guided their later work with non-traditional book structures and shaped book objects. In 2002 they wrote “More Making Books by Hand: Exploring Miniature Books, Alternative Structures and Found Objects,” a manual for making binding structures they had developed. From 2010-2017 they have intermittently traveled the USA as “Wandering Book Artists,” giving talks, workshops, and demonstrations.

 


 

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Gerrit van Dyk is the Mormon History and Doctrine Librarian at Brigham Young University. He earned his MLS from Clarion University (2008) and his MA from Brigham Young University (2013) and has worked in various capacities at the Harold B. Lee Library since 2005. Gerrit has published articles on library science, LDS Church history, and Mormon literature.

 


 

Wells, Tom

Tom Wells
Tom Wells is the Curator of the Photographic Archives in the L. Tom Perry Special Collections at the Harold B. Lee Library. He has held that position for over twenty years. Tom holds BS and MLIS degrees from Brigham Young University and has received advanced training in photographic preservation and historical photographic processes from the George Eastman House and the Image Permanence Institute in Rochester, New York. Tom’s research interest is in making photographs the old fashioned way and is equally at home behind a camera as well as in a photographic darkroom. He loves to share what he knows and has taught and lectured widely.