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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 33 Collections and/or Records:

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 directory, 1988-1995

 Sub-Series — Folder: MSS OH 2535
Identifier: MSS 7752 Series 17 Sub-Series 4
Scope and Contents Contains directories for the African American Oral History Project. Dated from 1988 to 1995.

African American Oral History Project spirituality surveys, approximately 1980

 Sub-Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 7752 Series 17 Sub-Series 3
Scope and Contents Contains surveys given to members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who are also African American, asking them about their feelings towards the Church and about racism within the Church. Dated approximately 1980.

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.

African American Oral History Project transcripts, case files, and other material, 1980-1995

 Series
Identifier: MSS 7752 Series 17
Scope and Contents Contains contracts from and contact information for participants in the African American Oral History Project, as well as the original audio recordings of the oral history interviews, and transcripts for those interviews. Topics covered in the oral histories include family life, conversion to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, dating and social experiences as a member, family life, acceptance by other members, feelings about the priesthood and the prior restrictions, and how life...

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.

Charles Redd Center for Western history lectures, approximately 1970-1990

 Series
Identifier: MSS 7752 Series 49
Scope and Contents Contains project records and transcripts and audio recordings of lectures/speeches from the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies lecture series. Contents include both typed transcripts and case files. Dates range approximately 1970-1990.

Charles Redd Center for Western Studies oral history project records

 Collection
Identifier: MSS 7752
Scope and Contents Contains oral history project case files, audio interviews, and bound transcripts of oral history interviews completed by the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies between 1959 and 2013. In general, case files may contain an analog recording of the interview made by the interviewer, a typed transcript, a corrected transcript, and documents regarding permission to make the documents public signed by the person interviewed. Some case files do not have an accompanying transcription and vice...

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.

Family Home Evening Oral History Project case files, 2009-2010

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 7752 Series 47 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 Family Home Evening Oral History Project. Dated 2009-2010.