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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:

Learning Resource Center records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 824
Abstract Contains 15 filmstrips concerning LDS Church History. Also contains meeting notes, reports, memoranda, tests, and manuals relating to the Learning Resource Center in the Harold B. Lee Library. Also referred to LEE LRC in the catalogue. Addendum includes auxiliary reports, memoranda, operating procedures, meeting minutes and budget reports.

Wilford D. Lee papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1553
Abstract This collection contains the papers of Wilford D. Lee. It includes unpublished manuscripts; drafts of short stories, essays, dramas; personal and family history papers; correspondence; educational papers; and other miscellaneous papers, dated circa 1915-1981.

Daniel H. Ludlow papers

 Collection — Carton: 12
Identifier: MSS 8007
Scope and Contents Collection contains the personal papers of Daniel H. Ludlow. Includes correspondences, research notes, bibliographies, and other materials about studying the scriptures, the Encyclopedia of Mormonism, the Book of Mormon Critical Text project, and statements by the prophets of the Restoration. Also included is informaiton on the Dead Sea Scrolls and Brigham Young University's Jerusalem Center for Near Eastern Studies. Dated from 1962 to 2000.

Karl B. Maeser Lecture recording

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA OH 55
Scope and Contents Lecture by Dr. Douglas F. Tobler concerning Karl G. Maeser as a man and educator at Brigham Young Academy.

Maureen Ursenbach Beecher class notes and papers, 1948-1972

 Series — Box: 3
Identifier: MSS 2285 Series 2
Scope and Contents note Papers on various figures in literary and rhetorical history, as well as lecture notes, class assignments, readings, etc. for english and comparative literature classes (usually as the instructor, but occasionally as a student herself - english, german, german lit., comparative lit.).

Maureen Ursenbach Beecher collection addendum, 1909-1997

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2285 Series 5
Scope and Contents Research materials on Vivian Talbot, miscellaneous papers and offprints, completed projects, papers and other materials for English 495R, and Trail Diaires information.

Maureen Ursenbach Beecher papers presented in academic meetings, 1975-1997

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2285 Series 8
Scope and Contents note This series contains papers that were presented by Maureen Ursenbach Beecher in academic forums. Many pertain to the history of prominent LDS women. Materials dated 1975-1997.

Maureen Ursenbach Beecher personal research and addresses, 1972-1994

 Series — Box: 4
Identifier: MSS 2285 Series 4
Scope and Contents Research materials on Swiss-Mormon history (Swiss family branches, the Swiss Mission, etc.), including photos, diaries, family records, books, and correspondence; materials for papers written and addresses given by Beecher, including photocopies, bibliographies, commentaries, writing guides, material on the LDS Church History division, drafts, LDS Church manuals, correspondence, article reprints, issues of Church News and other publications (The Creative Woman, The Ensign, Exponent II, The...

Maureen Ursenbach Beecher publications, 1974-1997

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2285 Series 6
Scope and Contents This series includes many of Maureen Ursenbach Beecher's published writings, nearly all of which addressed the history of Mormon women and were published in LDS magazines or other publications. Materials dated 1974-1997.

Maureen Ursenbach Beecher student and research files on Mormon Women's History, 1954-1997

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2285 Series 1
Scope and Contents Student compositions and research on various aspects of Mormon women's history (features historical figures' diaries, autobiographies, missionary journals, correspondence, oral histories, memoranda, and poetry); includes maps, typescripts, floppy disks, photographs, pamphlet excerpts, style guides for LDS authors, etc.