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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 (mss): 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


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 photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

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 (mss): Box 1-4