Relief Society (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)
The Relief Society is the women's organization of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints which was initially led by Emma Hale Smith in Nauvoo, IL in 1842. During the group's existance, it has been an organization dedicated to providing lessons, activities, and service opportunities for the women of the Church in both a ward and stake setting.
The Relief Society was established by various women of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Sarah M. Kimball's house in Nauvoo, IL in 1842. After giving their constitution to Joseph Smith, they set up various presidencies within their wards/stakes and selected Joseph Smith's wife Emma to serve as the overall president of the Society.
Between Joseph Smith's martyrdom in 1842 and 1866, the Society fell into disarray under Brigham Young's leadership of the Church. While he did allow various female-led societies to assist in the Church's exodus to Utah to assist in midwifrey (The Female Council of Health) and in developing bonds with the Native Americans, the general involvement of the Relief Society in the Church was weak.
From 1866 on, Brigham Young and later leaders of the Church made more of a concerted effort to make sure that the Relief Society would play a more predominant role in the Church. Not only did he call a new General President of the Society to lead the group (starting with Eliza Snow), but he permitted the Society to create magazines, be more actively involved in the ward, etc. Through the group's involvement of the Church, they contributed to the Church's welfare program, strengthen homes during times of war, and became Red Cross units in wartorn nations in World War I and World War II. They also worked to prevent the passage of the Equal Rights Ammendment, established the Women's Research Center at BYU, and so on.
Citation:The Encyclopedia of Mormonism, via WWW, August 19, 2016 (Relief Society)
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Includes two linear feet of unedited typed transcripts including the years 1844-1846 and 1874-1920. Her entries are daily, tell of her activities, and often present her opinions and impressions as well. The accounts are often lengthy and detailed. The 1882 diary also includes entries by Well's daughter, Louisa.
Contains correspondence related to the Women's Research Institute. Materials date from approximately 1978 to 1997.
Contains subject files related to health issues, with a focus on women's health. Materials date from between approximately 1978 and 1997.
Contains subject files on Mormon women and feminism. Materials date from between approximately 1978 and 1997.
Contains subject files regarding the history and administration of the Relief Society. Materials date from between approximately 1978 and 1997.
Contains subject files on sex roles and related issues. Materials dated from between approximately 1978 and 1997.
Contains subject files related to sister missionaries in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Materials date from between approximately 1978 and 1997.
Contains notes, correspondence, and other material related to the role of women in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Materials date from approximately 1978 to 1997.