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Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

 Organization

Dates

  • 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.

Citation

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 199 Collections and/or Records:

Administrative history of the Church Educational System (CES), 1888-1994

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 2373
Scope and Contents Describes the origins, organization, and history of both religious and secular education within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The purpose of the work was to help archivists place in historical context, corporate papers entering the Church Historical Department (Salt Lake City, Utah). The paper discusses administrative changes and developments in centralized education including: a board of education, a board of examiners, the office of superintendent and later commissioner of...

African American Oral History Project case files, 1985-1993

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 7752 Series 17 Sub-Series 2
Scope and Contents Includes contracts, contact information, and biographical information for the participants, as well as the original audio recordings of the oral history interviews conducted by the African American Oral History Project, 1985-1993.

African American Oral History Project transcripts, 1985-1993

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 7752 Series 17 Sub-Series 1
Scope and Contents Contains transcripts of recorded interviews done with participants in the African American Oral History Project, as well as background information about those participants, 1985-1993.

American Airpower Heritage Group Oral History Project transcript, 1992 January 2

 Series — Folder: MSS OH 2542
Identifier: MSS 7752 Series 51
Scope and Contents Contains an oral history memoir of Richard "Dick" Hundley of the American Airpower Heritage Group of the Confederate Air Force Flying Museum. Dated 2 January 1992.

American Fork Oral History Project case files, 1973-1979

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 7752 Series 10 Sub-Series 2
Scope and Contents Includes contracts, contact information, and biographical information for the participants, as well as the original audio recordings of the oral history interviews conducted by the American Fork Oral History Project, 1973-1979.

American Fork Oral History Project transcripts, 1973-1979

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 7752 Series 10 Sub-Series 1
Scope and Contents Contains transcripts of recorded interviews done with participants in the American Fork Oral History Project, as well as background information about those participants, 1973-1979.

Barbara Stewart Anderson collection on Raymond R. and Ava Beckstrand Stewart

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 8176
Scope and Contents Collection contains scrapbooks, journals, biographical works, and other materials collected by Anderson about her parents, Raymond R. and Ava Beckstrand Stewart. Includes information about the Stewart family, her parents' service as Mormon missionaries in England, and the development and operation of Timp Haven Lodge. Materials date from between 1928 and 2011. Also contains family scrapbooks of her grandparents Scott Pease Stewart, Myrtle Maiben, Heber William Beckstrand, and Mary Elizabeth...

Shauna Christine Anderson Young research on Scandinavian missionaries

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 8370
Scope and Contents Contains files collected and created by Young while researching for the book "Legacy of Sacrifice: Missionaries to Scandinavia, 1872-1894," which she co-authored with Susan Easton Black. Files consist primarily of biographical histories and genealogical information of the missionaries who were sent by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to Scandinavia in the latter part of the 19th century. This information was sent to Young by descendants or other relatives of these missionaries...

Annie Wells Cannon and family papers, 1929-1963

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2344 Series 1 Sub-Series 2
Scope and Contents Papers are from the lives of Emmaline B. Wells and Annie Wells Cannon. They include short biographies, a pedigree chart, and a medal of service. Materials dated 1877 to 1963.

Bahamas History Project sound recordings

 Collection
Identifier: MSS 7608
Content Description Contains 55 audiocassettes and 14 compact discs with preservation copies of each disc accompanying containing oral histories or interviews of Mormons in the Bahamas. The materials document the early growth and development of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the region. The tapes date 1999-2007, with the bulk of the recordings from 1999.