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Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

 Organization

Dates

  • Existence: 1830-

Administrative History

The Church of Jesus Christ of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (est. 1830) is a restorationist Christian church with a world-wide membership. Originally established in Upstate New York by Joseph Smith, Jr., the church is headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah. 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 16 million. It is headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Presidents of the Church have included Joseph Smith Jr. (1832-1844), Brigham Young (1847-1877), John Taylor (1880-1887), Wilford Woodruff (1889-1898), Lorenzo Snow (1898-1901), Joseph F. Smith (1901-1918), Heber J. Grant (1918-1945), George Albert Smith (1945-1951), David O. McKay (1951-1970), Joseph Fielding Smith (1970-1972), Harold B. Lee (1972-1973), Spencer W. Kimball (1973-1985), Ezra Taft Benson (1985-1994), Howard W. Hunter (1994-1995), Gordon B. Hinckley (1995-2008), Thomas S. Monson (2008-2018), and Russell M. Nelson (2018- ).

Found in 58 Collections and/or Records:

George Reynolds writings, approximately 1877-1920

 Series
Identifier: Vault MSS 10 Series 3
Scope and Contents Contains writings by or related to Reynolds. Includes records related to the concordance to the Book of Mormon, a draft of a history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and a biography of Reynolds by his daughter, Alice Louise Reynolds. Dated approximately 1877-1920.
Dates: approximately 1877-1920

William Greenwood papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS SC 39
Scope and Contents Contains twelve handwritten, signed letters which concern Greenwood's conversion to Mormonism in England, his immigration to the United States, activities in Nauvoo, Illinois, and the 1847 trek to Salt Lake City and American Fork, Utah. Also includes a bound autobiography (plus typescript) written between 1869 and 1884.
Dates: 1847-1884

John Horne Miles interviews, 1962-1993

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2310 Series 2
Scope and Contents Interview typescripts and resulting essays by Henry Landon Miles: works on J. H. Miles, George E. Miles, Ezra Weekes, LaRue Miles Elison, Maurice Jarvis Miles, and Richard Miles. Dated 1962-1993.
Dates: Other: 1962-1993

William Derby Johnson diary

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1506
Scope and Contents This collection consists of photocopied diaries. The initial thirty-two pages are autobiographical and tell of the first twenty-one years of the author's life. The journal entries are from December 2, 1871 to January 24, 1894. The years 1873 to 1876 are summarized. Johnson attended Deseret University and later taught there. He married Lucy A. Salisbury on November 29, 1869. He taught school in Washington and Kanab, Utah. Johnson served as a territorial legislator 1878-1882 from Kane and...
Dates: 1871-1894

George and Sarah Russon Kirkham papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1487
Scope and Contents Includes biographical and genalogical material about George Kirkham and his family, some excerpts from his journals (photocopies and typescripts) including his Latter-day Saint Church missionary journal while he was in England, 1888, drawings and poems by Kirkham, and correspondence, newspaper clippings and memorabilia from the scrapbook of Sarah Russon Kirkham pertaining to her husband, children and herself.
Dates: 1865-1929

LDS Polygamy Oral History Project case files, 1976-1985

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 7752 Series 1 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 LDS Polygamy Oral History Project, 1976-1985.
Dates: 1976-1985

LDS Polygamy Oral History Project transcripts, 1959-1985

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 7752 Series 1 Sub-Series 1
Scope and Contents Contains transcripts of recorded interviews done with participants in the LDS Polygamy Oral History Project, as well as background information about those participants, 1959-1985.
Dates: 1959-1985

LDS Polygamy Oral History Project transcripts and case files, 1959-1985

 Series
Identifier: MSS 7752 Series 1
Scope and Contents Includes contracts from and contact information for participants in the LDS Polygamy Oral History Project, as well as the original audio recordings of the oral history interviews, and transcripts for those interviews, 1959-1985.
Dates: 1959-1985

Rose W. LeBaron writings

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS SC 2928
Scope and Contents Religious essays on priesthood; polygamy; his family's apostasy from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; and other topics relating to the Church of the Firstborn of the Fulness of Times. Includes essays on priesthood by Joseph W. Musser and Ervil M. LeBaron. Simple typescript format, pages photocopied on rectos only.
Dates: approximately 1960

Mary E. Lightner papers

 Collection — Folder: 8
Identifier: Vault MSS 363
Scope and Contents Collection contains materials pertaining to the life of Mary E. Lightner. Includes handwritten originals and photocopies of correspondence including correspondence to Apostles in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and many prominent Mormon women while in Utah. Also included are personal histories, autobiographies, speeches, articles pertaining to her life while in Minersville, Utah, along with patriarchal blessings and a statement relating to her marriage to Joseph Smith. Dated...
Dates: 1865-1980