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Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints



  • 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.


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 48 Collections and/or Records:

Alice M. Edwards Lindsay journal, 1932-1933

Identifier: MSS 5951 Series 2
Scope and Contents note One (1) journal, 1932 January 21-1933 January 16, documenting Alice Lindsay’s experiences visiting family members and caring for her children and husband. Also included separately in acid-free paper: Two (2) valentines to Emogene from Alice Tame, One (1) individual ward Roll Card belonging to Robert S. Lindsay, dated 1934, One (1) Visiting Teachers' Efficiency Report, belonging to Alice M. Lindsay, One (1) newspaper clipping concerning the death of Sarah A. M. Lindsay, One (1) newspaper...

Arthur B. Cutler mission diary other material, 1912-1917

 Series — Box: 1
Identifier: MSS 2279 Series 1
Scope and Contents note Contains mission diary and papers of Arthur Cutler while he was serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Japan from October 17, 1912 to May 27, 1915. Includes a map of Japan, government documents, Cutler's mission call and minister's certificate, correspondence with Japanese friends, mission buddies, and his mission president, copies of talks, poetry, his mission release, travel meal cards and menus, passenger lists, telegrams and receipts, postcards, and a...

Edward Pulliam Carpenter papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 6782
Abstract The Edward Pulliam Carpenter papers include scrapbooks, an autobiography, certificates, awards, and other ephemera pertaining to his personal and professional life. The collection dates from 1870 to 1995. Much of the collection has to deal with his church life, in particular with his service as a bishop.

Walter Howard Draper papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 6180
Scope and Contents Contains missionary diaries, scriptures, and memorabilia; military, NASA, and other civil service personnel papers; family history book and photographs; assorted personal, insurance, and legal papers; and ephemera that includes items from the Netherlands, from the 1938 World's Fair, and NASA. Items dated 1936-1987.

Harris L. Vincent books, 1937-1954

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 3118 Series 8
Scope and Contents Contains books, typically in Tongan, regarding the Gospel or Tonga. There are also some papers mixed into this series.

Harris L. Vincent broadsides, 1938-1940

 Series — Box: 10, Folder: 6
Identifier: MSS 3118 Series 4
Scope and Contents Includes seven broadsides announcing the formal declaration of war, other broadsides relating world news.

Harris L. Vincent correspondence, 1937-1950

Identifier: MSS 3118 Series 1
Scope and Contents Contains letters from Harris' parents, letters from Harris' family and friends, letters to Harris' parents, and letters from Harris. There are also greeting cards from various individuals.

Harris L. Vincent ephemera, 1931-1940

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 3118 Series 5
Scope and Contents Consists of priesthood blessings (setting apart Elder Vincent for missionary work and his patriarchal blessing), three calendars, cards (business, appointment, blank postcards), and inspirational missionary thoughts and materials. Contains two ledgers tracking mission related expenses and ecclesiastical work. Includes “The Improvement Era” magazine (August 1938), one ration book, three maps, money, newspaper clippings (from Salt Lake City, Utah), Heber J. Grant pamphlets, passport and travel...

Harris L. Vincent incoming correspondence from family and friends, 1937-1950

 Sub-Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 3118 Series 1 Sub-Series 2
Scope and Contents Incoming correspondence to Harris from other family and friends. Includes letters received by Harris L. Vincent from siblings, aunts and uncles, and friends.

Harris L. Vincent incoming correspondence from parents, 1937-1940

 Sub-Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 3118 Series 1 Sub-Series 1
Scope and Contents Incoming from Harris’s Parents includes letters and greeting cards to Harris L. Vincent from Harris L. Vincent’s parents in Salt Lake City, Utah, Daniel Harris and Hulda Amelia Nilsson Vincent. Because Harris L. Vincent’s father worked for KSL Radio in Salt Lake City, Utah, much of the correspondence in the collection appears on KSL Radio stationary.