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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 65 Collections and/or Records:

James B. Allen papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2183
Abstract The collection of professional papers of James B. Allen, includes drafts and research files for various books, correspondence, class lecture notes and other papers. Manuscripts include those for The Story of The Latter-day Saints, The Company Town in the American West, Men with a Mission and Hearts Turned to the Fathers.

The "Americanization" of Utah for statehood / Gustive O. Larson

 File — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1300
Scope and Contents Manuscript of book prior to publication. Presents the struggle of Utah for statehood, including all aspects and conditions relative to the practice of plural marriage and the issue of the "Woodruff Manifesto".

Hyrum L. Andrus manuscript of Doctrines of the Kingdom

 File — oversize-folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 6126
Abstract Manuscript copy of Doctrines of the Kingdom by Hyrum Leslie Andrus, 1973.

Hugh B. Brown research files

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 3084
Scope and Contents Collection includes correspondence, books, pamphlets, lectures, and manuscripts. The material was written, received, or collected by Brown. The bulk of the material is from the 1960s and religious in nature, although many files also address political issues.

Robert and Rosemary Brown papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 3106
Scope and Contents Contains correspondence, photographs, newspaper clippings, audiotapes, and related ephemera produced by the Browns. The materials document research and publishing activities between 1967 and 1997.

Richard L. and Claudia L. Bushman papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2052
Scope and Contents Collection contains personal and professional papers in addition to other memorabilia from the Bushman family encompassing the years of 1946 to 2012. This includes correspondence, diaries, transcripts, manuscripts, research files, photographs, and printed ephemera. Among the papers are research materials for a project on Mormons in Elkton, Maryland from 1984 to 1985, which includes ward records, journals of local Church members, and interview transcripts. Also includes documentation related to...

Cedar Breaks

 File — Box: 1
Identifier: MSS 1630
Scope and Contents Two typewritten manuscripts of the story "Cedar Breaks." Each of the versions contains the fictional story of a Mormon family in Cedar City, Utah practicing polygamy. The story was published in 1976 under the title, "Zion Town."

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints revelation collection

 Collection — Box 1: [31197230363696]
Identifier: MSS 1700
Abstract This collection consists of photocopies of early manuscripts of revelations given to Joseph Smith, most of which are contained in the modern LDS Church's Doctrine and Covenants. Note: Unless otherwise noted, the originals of these documents are located in the Historical Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in Salt Lake City.

Custer Battlefield lectures, approximately 1982-1985

 Sub-Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 7752 Series 49 Sub-Series 1
Scope and Contents Contains transcript of a talk given by Christopher Summer about the Custer Battlefield and floppy disks and audio cassettes of oral histories given about Custer Battle. Dated from approximately 1982 to 1985.

E. Kent Kane papers on the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1901-1959

 Sub-Series — Box: 49
Identifier: Vault MSS 792 Series 9 Sub-Series 1
Scope and Contents Contains addresses, manuscripts, and other materials related to Kane's travels to Utah in 1949 and 1957. Includes information on his interactions with Church leaders, and his views on his grandfather, Thomas L. Kane. Materials date from between 1901 and 1959.