Scope and Content

Council proceedings, elections, revenue, treasury, taxation, and judicial records for the city of Nauvoo.

Proceedings of the city council include minutes, mayor's orders and proclamations, ordinances, memorials, motions and resolutions, citizens' petitions, committee reports, and claims. Election records include election notices and results, poll books, and officers' certificates of election, oaths, and bonds. Treasury records include a ledger, receipts, and orders. Public revenue and taxation records include books of assessment, abstracts, and receipts. Judicial records include records for both the mayor's court and the municipal court. Habeas corpus cases before the municipal court include those for Joseph Smith upon charges from Missouri, and upon charge for riot in destruction of the Nauvoo Expositor press.

Many of the city's records were used in the writing of Joseph Smith's history, and reflect procedures of later copying and editing. The municipal court journal was later used to record historical incidents in Utah, and the treasury ledger was later used to record Great Salt Lake City treasurer's accounts.

For additional documents pertaining to Nauvoo City as a corporate entity, see collections of Joseph Smith and Willard Richards; also Nauvoo City Council proceedings (MS 3435); Nauvoo Mayor's Court and Municipal Court dockets (MS 3434 and MS 3441); Nauvoo Registry of Deeds records (MS 3438 and MS 3443); and Nauvoo Marriage record (MS 3444).

Charter for the city of Nauvoo was granted by the Illinois legislature in December 1840 and repealed in January 1845. City government was organized in February 1841. Mayors were John C. Bennett, Joseph Smith, and Daniel Spencer.

Arrangement of Materials


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Use and Access

Open to research.

Preferred Citation

[Item description], Nauvoo Records. Church History Library, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Salt Lake City, Utah

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Nauvoo (Ill.)
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