Frequently Asked Questions

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  • What is the Joseph Smith Papers Project?
  • Why was the project undertaken?
  • What qualifies as a Joseph Smith document?
  • What kinds of documents are included?
  • Have any documents been excluded?
  • How many Joseph Smith documents still exist?
  • Where are these documents located?
  • When did work on the Joseph Smith Papers Project begin?
  • What does the NHPRC endorsement mean?
  • Who is the target audience for the project?
  • What is the Church Historian’s Press?
  • How does the project ensure that scholarly standards are maintained?
  • Can The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints expect to maintain scholarly credibility while publishing its own works?
  • Who is paying for the Joseph Smith Papers Project?