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Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints



  • Existence: 1830-

Administrative History

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (1830-) is a restorationist Christian church founded by Joseph Smith in New York. It is commonly abbreviated as the LDS Church and colloquially referred to as the Mormon Church.

During the 1820s, the church's founder, Joseph Smith, experienced visions and was led to the golden plates from which the Book of Mormon was translated. The Church was officially founded by Joseph Smith on April 6, 1830, in Palmyra, New York. The members of the religion faced a series of persecutions, and eventually fled to Utah for refuge beginning in 1847.

The Church continued to grow and expand beyond Utah, and today it has a membership numbering over 15 million. It is headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, with President M. Nelson serving as its prophet and president.


Encyclopedia of Mormonism, via WWW, Oct. 15, 2014 (History of the Church; founded April 6, 1830; LDS Church; Mormon Church; founder Joseph Smith; saw visions and found gold plates in the 1820s; persecution; fled to Utah in 1847; headquartered in Salt Lake)

Mormon Newsroom, via WWW, Oct. 15, 2014 (Statistical Report: April 2014 General Conference; membership over 15,000,000; prophet Thomas S. Monson)

Found in 229 Collections and/or Records:

Delta Phi Kappa periodicals

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: UA 983
Scope and Contents Includes publications from the fraternity, including "The Friar News", "Delta Phi Bulletin", and "Delta Phi Clarion" filed by decade beginning with the 1930's and ending in the 1960's.

Department of Linguistics and English Language records on concordance of Mormon scriptures, 1980-1995

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 1222 Series 3
Scope and Contents note Contains an alphabetical list of concordance of Mormon scriptures, 1980-1995.

Directory of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in higher education and school administration

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: UA 5360
Scope and Contents Collection includes five volumes of the "Directory of Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Higher Education and School Administration" dated from 1952 to 1961.

Raymond P. Draper research papers

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 1344
Scope and Contents Typewritten research papers. Two of the items deal with the career of Luke S. Johnson, Utah pioneer and apostle in the Mormon Church. One of them is a history of a Mormon Church ward at Brigham Young University.

Elbert H. Eastmond papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 388
Scope and Contents Collection contains scripts, outlines, songs, poems, photographs, scrapbooks, and newspaper clippings concerning the production and presentation of various Mormon Church pageants.

John Orval Ellsworth papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1782
Scope and Contents Sixteen bound books containing typewritten and handwritten notes, a diary, theses, lists, laws, scripture references, family genealogy, and an instruction booklet. The materials relate to Ellsworth's occupation as professor and his assignment as a mission president of the Central States Mission of the Mormon Church.

Ernest L. Wilkinson diaries, 1952-1977

 Sub-Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 1000 Series 1 Sub-Series 9
Scope and Contents note Contains diaries and schedules of Wilkinson, covering the period from 1952 to 1977.

Ernest L. Wilkinson papers on Inwood Manor construction, 1917-1978

 Sub-Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 1000 Series 1 Sub-Series 11
Scope and Contents note Contains correspondence, change orders, memos and other material related to the construction of Inwood Manor. Dated 1917-1978.

Ernest L. Wilkinson personal correspondence, 1970-1978

 Sub-Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 1000 Series 1 Sub-Series 4
Scope and Contents note Contains personal correspondence by Wilkinson. Materials date from between 1970 and 1978.