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Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Mormons and Mormonism Collection
Manuscripts Division
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4 boxes
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1-4


Consists of a collection of miscellaneous material, both originals and copies, related to Mormons, Mormonism, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of originals and copies of letters, documents, papyri fragments, drawings, personal reminiscences, biographies, diaries (1851-1877, 1926), journals (1832, 1850), an interview (1931), patriarchal blessings, record books (1913-1915), financial reports (1852-1904), stereographs, and a typescript volume of hymns of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Included are notes concerning the Mormons that were published in the newspaper Missouri Intelligencer, 1831-1834. The collection contains a copy of a page from the original manuscript of The Book of Mormon; copies of letters (1840s) by Christine Golden Kimball, one of the wives of Heber Chase Kimball, to her mother in Hopewell, N.J., relating her experiences on the journey to Utah and during her early days there; biographical material by James M. Allred, Milo Andrus, and Mary Ann Mansfield Bentley; and personal reminiscences by Sara Alexander of her crossing the plains (1859), by Redick N. Allred of his experiences (1846) with the Mormon Battalion of the U.S Army, and by William Wallace Miner of Joseph Smith's early days in Palmyra, N.Y. There is also a clandestine letter (1886) written by John McAllister to his wife during the polygamy prosecutions, and an anti-Mormon letter of William Archer Miller, sent from Hancock City, Ill. March 30, 1845.

Also included are photographs of papyri fragments of the Egyptian Book of the Dead translated by Smith as "The Book of Abraham" of the Pearl of Great Price; a copy of a history of Huntsville Ward, Utah, published on its forty-eighth anniversary (1925); photographs of drawings of the Mormon Temple, Washington, D.C.; an interview by Maurice Lerrie Glendenning, of the Aaronic Order, of M. Wilford Poulson; two record books of J. Vern Olsen documenting his missionary work in London; and financial reports of the Bishop's Storehouse, Salt Lake City, Utah, a consumer cooperative.

Collection History

Custodial History

The collection was formed in part as a result of a departmental practice of combining into one collection manuscript material of various accessions relating to a particular subject.


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

Folder inventory prepared by Alicia Corona '2013 in 2011. Updated by Valerie Addonizio in 2012.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

Mormons and Mormonism Collection; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1-4