Welcome

Book Conference 2021 will continue in November. This page will be updated as more details are announced. 

Greetings from the A. Dean Larsen Book Collecting Conference! We look forward to the time when we can meet together in person. This year, we plan to schedule the 2021 conference during the fall semester. We will make a firm announcement of dates, sessions, and the conference format after we have received guidance from the University.

In the meantime, we are pleased to be able to share two virtual seminars on March 16 and March 18. We will take full advantage of technology to highlight collections at the Harold B. Lee Library and at other institutions across the United States. Registration for both events is free. We hope you will enjoy this miniature version of the conference until we can meet this fall!

Best wishes,

Maggie Kopp

Curator of Rare Books and A. Dean Larsen Book Collecting Conference Chair

Harold B. Lee Library

The A. Dean Larsen Book Collecting Conference

is an educational and social experience where professional and amateur book collectors as well as just the curious, gather together to immerse themselves in the word of rare book collecting.

Because of the generous gift and ongoing support of the late A. Dean Larsen and his family, the L. Tom Perry Special Collections is able to sponsor this unique experience.

In the Spring of the year collectors and enthusiasts of rare books gather together at the L. Tom Perry Special Collections on the Brigham Young University campus to enjoy each others company and participate in the unique experience of the A. Dean Larsen Book Collecting Conference.

Each year offers different and exciting workshops and seminars where participants see and learn first hand about many of the treasures located in the L. Tom Perry Special Collections. Gifted and knowledgeable professionals share their expertise in the beautiful and comfortable surrounding of the Harold B. Lee Library at Brigham Young University.

Conference goers may select four out of the many seminars offered. Add to these seminar sessions two breaks, morning and afternoon for refreshment and socializing; a delicious lunch with a wonderful speaker, and you have a delightful day of biblio-exploration! And if you want even more, don’t forget the pre-conference workshops.

Prior exhibit catalogs, fine press keepsakes, and some essential reference works for collectors will also be available during the conference.

Each seminar holds between fifteen and twenty people so early registration is recommended if you want to be assured the four top seminars on your list.

So if you enjoy rare books, or you enjoy collecting books, pamphlets, rare manuscripts and papers, correspondence, post cards, sports cards, photographs, autographs, and more, join us at the conference!

Or you want to personally inspect rare and unique library materials from the L. Tom Perry Special Collections, join us at the conference!

Or you want to learn more about the world of rare books and manuscripts from fellow collectors, curators, conservators and rare book dealers, join us at the conference!

There is no better place to do all this than at the annual A. Dean Larsen Book Collecting Conference held on the Brigham Young University campus in the Harold B. Lee Library.

Come join us at the conference!