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Kirtland Council minute book

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS SC 2920

Scope and Contents

Typed copy of the minutes of the Kirtland Council of the Mormon Church between 1832 and 1837. The materials were recorded while the Mormon Church had its headquarters in Kirtland, Ohio. The volume includes records of activities, ordinations, blessings, and one letter from Newell Kimball Whitney. The clerks who recorded the minutes were William W. Phelps, Orson Hyde, Oliver Cowdery, and George W. Robinson. Joseph Smith, first president of the Mormon Church, presided at the meetings. The item was typed from the original by Lyndon W. Cook.


  • 1832-1837


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Kirtland Council minute book must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.

Biographical note

The Kirtland High Council was the chief judicial and legislative body of the Mormon Church, led by the Joseph Smith, from 1834 to 1838.

On February 17, 1834, Joseph Smith, the founder of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church), created the church's first high council at church headquarters in Kirtland, Ohio. This body consisted of twelve men and was under the direction of the First Presidency. This high council took on the role of chief judicial and legislative body of the church, except in areas where the church was not organized, and handled such things as excommunication trials and approval of all church spending. When church headquarters moved to Jackson County, Missouri, the newly formed Missouri high council took on a presiding role as the high council of Zion, and the Kirtland high council became subordinate. The president of this high council was the Joseph Smith.

The original members of the standing high council in Kirtland were: Joseph Smith, Sr., John Smith, Joseph Coe, John Johnson, Martin Harris, John S. Carter, Jared Carter, Oliver Cowdery, Samuel H. Smith, Orson Hyde, Sylvester Smith, and Luke S. Johnson.


1 folder (0.1 linear ft.)

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Custodial History

The original minute book is found in the LDS Church Archives in Salt Lake City, Utah. The typescript was donated by Lyndon Cook to Brigham Young University.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Lyndon Cook.


LDS cultural, social, and religious history (19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts collection development policy IV.a.i.1, November 2013).

Separated Materials

This item was originally cataloged with MSS 1699, but was later separated and cataloged separately.

Processing Information

Record updated for DACS compliance; Ryan K. Lee; 2017.

Register of Kirtland Council minute book
Benjamin Sipes
2011 February 23
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Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States