The Joseph Smith Papers is pleased to announce that its latest content release is now live. This release includes two items of particular significance:
- The final installment of Joseph Smith’s journals, from May 1843 to June 1844. This portion of the journals covers the final year of Smith’s life, including the events that led up to his murder. The Journals series is now complete in print and online.
- Complete footnotes giving the sources behind Joseph Smith’s multivolume manuscript history. Also, page numbers for the most widely available edition of that history, B. H. Roberts’s History of the Church, are now included in the document viewer to allow readers to trace back from the Roberts edition to more original documents.
The completion of these two projects marks a significant milestone for the project, as well as for project founder and National Advisory Board member Dean C. Jessee, who began work on Joseph Smith’s papers in 1972. Jessee published two volumes of Smith's journal more than two decades ago and has spent many years identifying the primary sources used to compile the manuscript history.
Joseph Smith Papers Conference
To celebrate the publication of Documents, Volumes 5 and 6, the Joseph Smith Papers Project invites you to attend a conference to be held on October 20, 2017, at the Church History Library in Salt Lake City.