J Research Update K
Joseph Smith Papers Project Compiled by Brent R. Nordgren
lder Marlin K. Jensen, Church historian and recorder, said, “The Joseph Smith Papers
project is the single most significant historical project of our generation.” November marked the release of The Joseph Smith Papers, Journals, Vol. 1: 1832–1839. Because several faculty members from the Department of Church History and Doctrine are involved in the Joseph Smith Papers Project and will publish documents created by Joseph Smith or by his staff whose work he directed, we have included information that will help our readers keep up-to-date on this important project. The project also includes papers received and owned by Joseph Smith’s office. These key documents include, especially, the diaries, outgoing and incoming correspondence, revela tions, contemporary reports of discourses, minutes, and editorials.
About the Volumes When completed, The Joseph Smith Papers will consist
of more than thirty volumes in six series: Journals,
Why was the project undertaken?
Documents, Revelations and Translations, History, Legal
Producing a definitive, scholarly edition of Joseph Smith’s
and Business, and Administrative. Three volumes of
papers will allow increased and better scholarship on
Joseph Smith’s journals cover the years 1832 through 1844.
Joseph Smith and early Mormonism. Scattered documents
The Documents Series, in approximately eleven volumes,
will be gathered into one multivolume source, and manu
spans 1828 to 1844. At least four volumes—manuscript
scripts of varying legibility will be carefully transcribed
revelation books, other early revelation manuscripts
and verified. In addition to making the content of these
including key Joseph Smith translation manuscripts, the
documents more accessible, transcription and publication
Book of Mormon printer’s manuscript, and published
will help preserve these delicate documents, which are
Joseph Smith–era scripture—will make up the Revelations
subject to the ravages of age and handling and to possible
and Translations Series. Seven volumes of history encom
damage from water, fire, and insects.
pass the period from 1805 to 1844. The Legal and Business Series has at least three volumes that include records of
How many volumes will be published?
cases occurring in New York, Ohio, Missouri, and Illinois.
It is expected that the transcriptions will eventually
Administrative records will publish minute books and
constitute about thirty volumes. Publication began in
2008, with about two volumes published each year until the project is complete.
6 B YU R EL I G I OU S EDUCATIO N REV IEW
Published on Feb 26, 2009
Published on Feb 26, 2009
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