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Joseph Smith portraits : a search for the prophet's likeness

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2072
Items include research notes and materials regarding the many different representations of Joseph Smith (1805-1844). Contains copies of these likenesses, and also contains information on the different artists who have created them, particularly Sutcliffe Maudsley. A large portion of the material deals with the death mask of Joseph Smith, and its comparison to his portraits. Also includes information on physical traits of members of Joseph Smith's family, with photographs of them. There are replicas of the death masks of Joseph & Hyrum Smith, several oversized photographs, drafts of & publication information for the book, "Joseph Smith Portraits: A Search for the Prophet's Likeness," and computer disks that also contain research material & drafts. Finally, there is a manuscript item that compiles information on various LDS topics, most specifically marriage.

Dates

  • approximately 1975-1997

Creator

Conditions Governing Access note

This collection is generally open without restriction for both reference use and for limited publication (quoting, paraphrasing, etc.). Select materials, which have either copyright or contractual agreement restrictions, may not be reproduced in whole for publication or distribution without the expressed permission of the holders of that property. These materials, which include many illustrations, have been clearly marked with the intellectual property owner's information.

Conditions Governing Use note

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Joseph Smith Portraits: A Search for the Prophet's Likeness must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Extent

4 cartons (4 linear ft.)

1 oversize box (1.66 linear ft.)

Abstract

Items include research notes and materials regarding the many different representations of Joseph Smith (1805-1844). Contains copies of these likenesses, and also contains information on the different artists who have created them, particularly Sutcliffe Maudsley. A large portion of the material deals with the death mask of Joseph Smith, and its comparison to his portraits.

Other Finding Aids note

A more detailed finding aid is available in print in the repository.
Other Finding Aids File-level inventory available online. http://files.lib.byu.edu/ead/XML/MSS2072.xml

Appraisal note

19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.

Processing Information note

Processed; curator of 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts.
Title
Joseph Smith portraits : a search for the prophet's likeness
Status
completed
Author
Processed by the curator of 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts.
Date
2000
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
English
Sponsor
Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008

Revision Statements

  • 2009 August 6: GilEADized to correct small errors. Updated to DACS and CCLA compliance by Elisabeth Ross.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

Contact:
1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States