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20th Century Latter-day Saint History

David O. McKay Diaries with Harvard Heath

Harvard Heath is retired curator of the Utah and American West Archives at the Harold B. Lee Library, and the editor of “Confidence Amid Change: The Presidential Diaries of David O. McKay, 1951-1970.” President McKay’s biographies were made possible thanks to the efforts of Clare Middlemiss.

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Joseph Smith Latter-day Saint History

W. W. Phelps Biography Highlights Close Relationship with Joseph Smith

W. W. Phelps was one of the 10 most influential members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in its first 15 years, according to Bruce Van Orden. His contributions stand alongside those of Brigham Young, Parley P. Pratt, and Heber C. Kimball.

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Joseph Smith Latter-day Saint History Pearl of Great Price

New Joseph Smith Papers Book of Abraham Research

The fourth volume of the Joseph Smith Papers “Revelations and Translations” series is a research gold mine for scholars working on issues related to Joseph Smith and the Book of Abraham. Robin Jensen, the volume’s co-editor, answers questions about the latest Joseph Smith Papers Volume and explains why it is a landmark publication.

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Intellectualism

New Book out of BYU Celebrates Legacy of ‘Disciple-Scholar’ Richard Bushman

Spencer Fluhman will never forget the summer of 1999. The 26-year-old college student was a participant in one of the first summer seminars ever conducted by Richard Bushman, the noted Columbia University historian and biographer of the Prophet Joseph Smith.

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Brigham Young

Brigham Young and the Salt Lake School of the Prophets with Devery Anderson

Devery Anderson is the marketing manager for Signature Books and the author/editor of several books, including “Salt Lake School of the Prophets: 1867-1883” (Signature Books, 2018). He explains that Brigham Young reinstituted the School of the Prophets started by Joseph Smith.

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Latter-day Saint History

Meet the Mormon History Association’s New Executive Director

SALT LAKE CITY — Barbara Jones Brown has a well-earned reputation as a gifted historian and writer, but her relationship with history had a rough beginning. In college, she was turned off by the way professors taught history and found it entirely unrelatable.

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19th Century Latter-day Saint History

How is Saints Different Than Earlier Histories of the Church?

Most Latter-day Saints grew up knowing about the Comprehensive History of the Church written by B. H. Roberts. What’s not as well known is that the history is filled with errors common to the time—much like the Journal of Discourses. In this interview, Matt Grow describes how Saints is different than earlier Church histories.

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Latter-day Saint History

Historians Comment on Mormon History Association and Barbara Jones Brown

Barbara Jones Brown began her tenure as the new Executive Director of the Mormon History Association on May 1, 2018. Several of the historians she considers mentors have shared a few thoughts for an upcoming feature in the Deseret News.

The full text of comments by Rick Turley, Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, and Bob Goldberg are available here.

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Latter-day Saint History

Barbara Jones Brown of the Mormon History Association

Barbara Jones Brown is the new Executive Director of the Mormon History Association.

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Latter-day Saint History

Meet Latter-day Saint Historian Benjamin E. Park

Benjamin E. Park is an assistant professor of history at Sam Houston University and the author of “American Nationalisms: Imagining Union in the Age of Revolutions, 1783-1833.” He has also written about the political culture of Navuoo in the 1840s, and previously served as a Visiting Fellow with the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Studies at BYU.