Joseph Fielding Smith Institute for Latter-day Saint History faculty files, 1987-2005
Scope and Contents
Contains files for the faculty of the Joseph Smith Fielding Institute, including meeting minutes and memos, newsletters and handouts, and correspondence. Materials cover faculty retreats, productivity reports, lists of books and publications made by the faculty, and staffing and hiring records, 1987-2005.
- Derr, Jill Mulvay (contributor, Person)
- Joseph Fielding Smith Institute for Church History (creator, Organization)
- Joseph Fielding Smith Institute for Latter-day Saint History (creator, Organization)
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The Joseph Fielding Smith Institute for Church History was a research institute at Brigham Young University established to encourage the study and publishing of Mormon historical material.
The Joseph Fielding Smith Institute for Church History (JFSI) was created in 1980 upon the closure of the Historical Division of the Historical Department of the Church and subsequent transfer of its director and staff to Brigham Young University. In 1982 the institute was physically relocated from Salt Lake City, Utah to the Brigham Young University campus, and was under the direction of the College of Family, Home, and Social Sciences. The staff of the institute worked to write and publish for a professional and church audience, teach courses in history, and facilitate research networks. Directors included Leonard J. Arrington (1980-1986) and Ronald K. Esplin (1986-1999). In 1999 the institute was reorganized as the Joseph Fielding Smith Institute for Latter-day Saint History.
The Joseph Fielding Smith Institute for Latter-day Saint History was a research institute at Brigham Young University responsible for facilitating the scholarly study of Mormon history campus-wide.
In 1999 the Joseph Fielding Smith Institute for Church History was renamed the Joseph Fielding Smith Institute for Latter-day Saint History. The purpose of the Joseph Fielding Smith Institute for Latter-day Saint History was to pursue the scholarly study of the history, people, institutions, and culture of the Latter-day Saints. Faculty members taught courses in history, church history, and other disciplines related to their fields of expertise. The institute also provided limited support for research and publication to faculty. The Joseph Smith Papers Project was among the many research ventures undertaken by this institute. Institute directors included Ronald K. Esplin (2000-2003) and Jill Mulvay Derr (2003-2005). In 2005 most of the scholars employed by the institute were transferred to the Historical Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City, Utah to continue work on the Joseph Smith Papers Project Project. With their departure, the Joseph Fielding Smith Institute for Latter-day Saint History was abolished.
Jill Mulvay Derr (born 1948) is a Mormon historian in Utah.
Jill Mulvay Derr was born in 1948 and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. Derr is married to C. Brooklyn Derr, and they are the parents of four children. She earned a bachelors degree from the University of Utah and an MA in teaching from Harvard University. Derr was as an American history professor at Brigham Young University, the director of the Joseph Fielding Smith Institute for Latter-day Saint History, and the president of the Mormon History Association. She has written several articles that have been published in various journals and anthologies. In addition, Derr has published several works including Women's Voices: An Untold History of the Latter-day Saints, Women of the Covenant: The Story of Relief Society, and Eliza R. Snow: The Complete Poetry. She has also served in various capacities within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
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