Scope and Content

Statements, affidavits, reports, letters, notations, and other documents, either collected, solicited, or created during the compiling and writing of Joseph Smith's history. Most materials represent endeavors of Church historians Willard Richards, George A. Smith, and Wilford Woodruff, and their clerks, Thomas Bullock, Robert L. Campbell, Jonathan Grimshaw, and Leo Hawkins.

Includes information supplied by Church leaders Sidney Rigdon, Newel K. Whitney, Parley P. Pratt, Amasa M. Lyman, and Charles C. Rich; and numerous others, including James Allred, Jacob B. Backenstos, James M. Barlow, Edward A. Bedell, John M. Bernhisel, Anson Call, Henry A. Cleveland, Peter W. Conover, Ellis Eames, David Evans, Albert G. Fellows, John S. Fullmer, M. D. Hambleton, Henry M. Harmon, Sarah Head, Joseph L. Heywood, Abraham C. Hodge, Smith Humphrey, Dimick B. Huntington, Shepherd P. Hutchings, Levi Jackman, John D. Lee, Cornelius P. Lott, Chester Loveland, Stephen Markham, William McCleary, William P. McIntire, Barnabas Merrifield, Jane Neyman, Jesse K. Nichols, Calvin C. Pendleton, Stephen C. Perry, W. W. Phelps, Jonathan Pugmire Jr., Zerah Pulsipher, Alfred Randall, Alanson Ripley, Lewis Robison, Orrin Porter Rockwell, Albert P. Rockwood, Chandler Rogers, Miles Romney, Lucius N. Scovil, Daniel Shearer, Henry G. Sherwood, Charles Shumway, Amanda Barnes Smith, Orson Spencer, William C. Staines, Daniel Stanton, William G. Sterrett, Levi Stewart, George P. Stiles, Hosea Stout, William M. Thompson, Mercy R. Thompson, Theodore Turley, William Weeks, Cyrus H. Wheelock, Jeremiah Willey, Lucien Woodworth, and Jonathan C. Wright.

Documents were originally filed by year date during writing of the history, and this methodology has been for the most part continued in the collection's arrangement. Files are divided into four sections: folders 1-33 represent materials used by Willard Richards; folders 34-93 represent materals used by George A. Smith and Wilford Woodruff during 1854-1856; folders 94-98 represent information about Joseph Smith that was received after 1856; and folders 99-103 contain supplementary materials created by the Historian's Office staff.

Arrangement of Materials


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Use and Access

Open to research.

Copyright expired.

Preferred Citation

[Item description], Joseph Smith history documents. Church History Library, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Salt Lake City, Utah

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Historian's Office (1842?-1972)
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Access Restrictions
Open to research.
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