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Church History


Resources with Mormon Content

Joseph Smith Collection, 1827–1844

Includes diaries, letterbooks, correspondence, financial papers, deeds and other legal papers, petitions, addresses, and certificates.

Brigham Young Letterpress Copybooks, 1844-1877

Files kept in Brigham Young’s office during the period he served as President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles (1844–1847) and President of the Church (1847–1877), including files accumulated during his tenure as governor of Utah Territory and ex officio territorial superintendent of Indian affairs (1851–1858).

Church Historian’s Office: General Church Minutes, 1839–1877

Minutes collected or created by the Church Historian and Recorder’s Office.

Church Architect’s Office: Salt Lake Temple Architectural Drawings, 1853–1893

Elevations, cross-sections, floor plans, stonemason charts, and detailed drawings of both the interior and the exterior of the Salt Lake Temple.

William Weeks: Nauvoo Architectural Drawings, circa 1841–1846

Preliminary and construction drawings by the Church’s architect for the temple and other structures in Nauvoo, Illinois.

Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel

Search the database to find the names of Mormon pioneer ancestors. Discover the companies they traveled with and read accounts about their experiences on the trail.

Journal History Index

The 1830–1972 index of the Journal History of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a digitized card index. Once you have found the proper citation, you can find the relevant article within the Journal History collection itself here.

Brigham Young Incoming Correspondence, 1840–1877

Brigham Young’s incoming correspondence from 1840 to 1877 has been indexed and added to the library catalog. You can search the collection by searching for a name in the Archival Materials tab and including the key words “Brigham,” “Young,” and “Correspondence.” You may browse the entire correspondence collection here.

Church Periodical Index

Search the Church Periodical Index by clicking the Magazine Index tab on the catalog page. The purpose of the index is to enhance access to articles related to the Church and its history. It includes all significant articles in Church-produced English-language magazines and a selection of other periodicals, regardless of perspective, that contribute to the study of the history, doctrine, and culture of the Church.

Find Your Pioneer Ancestors

A collaborative effort between the Family History and Church History Departments. Patrons may log in to this website using their LDS Accounts and discover which of their ancestors crossed the plains to Utah as Mormon pioneers.

Search for Your Ancestors in the Joseph Smith Papers

A collaborative effort between the Joseph Smith Papers Project and the Family History Department. Patrons may log in to this website using their LDS Accounts to discover if any of their ancestors were mentioned in the Joseph Smith Papers.

Nauvoo Community Project

This database identifies the residents of Nauvoo, Illinois, from 1839 to 1846. Wherever possible, each resident will be documented from birth to death in the records of the time.

Early Latter-day Saints

Identifies the people, places, and events of the early history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.