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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 36 Collections and/or Records:

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.

Maureen Ursenbach Beecher collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2285
Abstract The collection contains materials gathered into four main series: (1) student and research files on Mormon women's history; (2) class notes; (3) personal files reflecting university and professional committees she served on; and (4) her personal research and address files. The addendum contains research files collected Maureen Ursenbach Beecher as well as materials from an English class.

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.

Emmeline B. Wells and Annie Wells Cannon papers, approximately 1877-1963

 Series
Identifier: MSS 2344 Series 1
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.

Emmeline B. Wells papers, 1904

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2344 Series 1 Sub-Series 1
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.

Francis W. Kirkham educational correspondence, 1907-1964

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 1562 Series 3 Sub-Series 1
Scope and Contents Contains correspondence related to Francis W. Kirkham's work within the education system. The subseries dates 1907-1964.

Francis W. Kirkham educational papers, 1900-1970

 Series
Identifier: MSS 1562 Series 3
Scope and Contents Contains papers from Francis W. Kirkham and his work within the education system. Included are papers relating to school districts, report cards, educational leaflets, and various other materials. The series dates 1911-1970.

Francis W. Kirkham financial papers, 1913-1964

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 1562 Series 2 Sub-Series 2
Scope and Contents Contains financial papers relating to the business endeavors of Francis W. Kirkham. Amongst these papers are financial records, bank statements, receipts, and various other materials. The subseries dates 1912-1964.

Gustive O. Larson business correspondence, 1921-1978

 Series
Identifier: UA 622 Series 3
Scope and Contents note Correspondence with fellow scholars, Church notables, and others. Also business records, including job application, home files, tax returns, employment contracts, Credit Union records, research grants, student rental records, Medicare records, bank statements, do-it-yourself pamphlets, investments, ration coupons.