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National Archives material on the persecutions of the Church in Missouri

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSS 942

Scope and Contents note

Photocopies of handwritten and printed petitions, affidavits, and published and unpublished accounts of the persecutions suffered by the Mormons in Missouri. The materials were an attempt to get redress for their grievences, especially relating to their expulsion from Missouri in 1839. The items were acquired from the National Archives and Record Service in Washington, D.C.

Material pertaining to the Missouri persecutions of the Church, 1839. As found at the National Archives.


  • 1838-1842


Conditions Governing Access note

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use note

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances.

Permission to publish material from the National Archives material on the persecutions of the Church in Missouri must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the Special Collections Board of Curators.


1 box (0.5 linear ft.)




Material pertaining to the Missouri persecutions of LDS Church members in 1839. Material is as found at the National Archives.

Arrangement note

The collection can be divided up into 3 sections: 1. Published materials, 1839-1841; 2. Petitions placed before Congress, 1840-1844; and 3. Documents and corresponding affidavits, 1838-1842.

Other Finding Aids note

While this finding aid provides only a series and sub-series level description, a more detailed finding aid is available in print at the L.Tom Perry Special Collections reference desk.

Other Finding Aids

File-level inventory available online.

Appraisal note

19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.

This collection contains information on the early history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, particularly with respect to the societal and cultural views of others towards church members. The collection fulfills the subject collecting emphasis on LDS cultural, social, and religious history.

Processing Information note

Processed; 1974.
Register of the National Archives material on the persecutions of the Church in Missouri
Processed under the direction of the Curator of 20th & 21st Century Western & Mormon Americana
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.
Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States