Primary Sources

Joseph Smith Papers

This digitized collection contains thousands of documents across a variety of genres—from revelations to financial records—created by Joseph Smith or related to his life and the early history of the church. Documents are visible, side by side, in their original handwritten format and transcribed into typed text.

Church History Library Digital and Web Resources

The resources from the Church History Library include research guides on topics like Leaders of the Church and Women’s Auxiliary Organizations. This site also directs users to primary sources ranging from digitized periodicals to maps to architectural drawings.

Church Historian’s Press

The Church Historian’s Press not only publishes scholarly historical work, but it is also behind projects like the Joseph Smith Papers. The Press also provides access to other collections of primary sources, like the Discourses of Eliza R. Snow and the Journal of George Q. Cannon.