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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 42 Collections and/or Records:

Shauna Christine Anderson Young research on Scandinavian missionaries

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 8370
Scope and Contents Contains files collected and created by Young while researching for the book "Legacy of Sacrifice: Missionaries to Scandinavia, 1872-1894," which she co-authored with Susan Easton Black. Files consist primarily of biographical histories and genealogical information of the missionaries who were sent by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to Scandinavia in the latter part of the 19th century. This information was sent to Young by descendants or other relatives of these missionaries...

LaMar C. Berrett papers

 Collection
Identifier: MSS 7968
Scope and Contents Contains the research material, notes, photographs, and other material of Berrett, including research on Mormon Trail history, history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and scrapbooks of tours conducted by LaMar C. Berrett. Dates range from 1931-2007.

George T. Boyd papers

 Collection
Identifier: MSS 3082
Abstract Primarily research notes and articles which Boyd created and collected over the course of his time as a philosophy professor.

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...

Correspondence—personal, 1902-1965

 Series
Identifier: MSS 823 Series 1
Scope and Contents Includes the personsal correspondence of M. Wilford Poulson with family, BYU classmates, and others.

Donald Q. Cannon general research, 1950-2006

 Sub-Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 6154 Series 2 Sub-Series 1
Scope and Contents Contains newspaper clippings, articles, notes, and other materials acquired by Donald Q. Cannon on various topics related to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that he collected throughout his career as a history and religion professor. Dated 1950-2006.

Jessie L. Embry research on the Mormon Church in Canada

 File — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 3882
Scope and Contents Collection includes photocopies of materials from the national archives of Canada regarding the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Canada between 1875 and 1905. Papers include correspondence, telegraphs, and newspaper clippings. Includes information on polygamy, land acquisition of Mormons in Raymond and Cardston, Alberta, agricultural prosperity of Mormons at Lee's Creek and other areas, interaction between Mormon settlers and the Canadian government, and a record of actions taken...

John Alden Green papers

 Collection — Carton: 1
Identifier: MSS 2361
Scope and Contents Includes research notes about the works of Marcel Schwob concerning the Dreyfus Affair, photocopies, correspondence, journal and newspaper articles concerning French history, circa 1890-1906, and the Panama Scandal of 1889. Also included are photocopied articles on the "last days" by Wilford Woodruff and Internet references of the early visions of Mormon Church prophet Joseph Smith. There are also some research notes regarding Germany in World War II and an annotated set of LDS Church scripture...

Hugh Nibley papers on publications, approximately 1926-2008

 Sub-Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2721 Series 4 Sub-Series 3
Scope and Contents Contains manuscripts, drafts, research notes, photocopies of books, articles and other material, and bibliographies written and collected by Hugh Nibley pertaining to his publications. Topics of the material include the Joseph Smith papyri, Abraham, the Pearl of Great Price, and many other topics related to Christianity and Mormon doctrine. Materials date from approximately 1926 to 2008.

Hugh Nibley publications and writings, approximately 1911-2008

 Series
Identifier: MSS 2721 Series 4
Scope and Contents Contains correspondence, research notes, drafts, articles, photocopies, and papers collected and written by Hugh Nibley for lectures and publications. Includes material on scriptural studies conducted by Nibley. Materials date from approximately 1911 to 2008, bulk from approximately 1950 to 2008.