The Joseph Smith Papers Project announces the inauguration of the Legal, Business, and Financial Records series on its website, josephsmithpapers.org. Twenty-eight legal documents are now published on the website, which will eventually include documents from more than two hundred court cases where Joseph Smith was plaintiff, defendant, witness, or judge. These cases represent Joseph Smith’s civil and criminal proceedings in the states of New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Missouri, Illinois, and Iowa. Ecclesiastical court cases involving Joseph Smith will be featured in the Documents series. The business and financial records include records and documents detailing Joseph Smith’s business and financial transactions, such as account books, ledgers, invoices, receipts, and property transactions.
Case proceedings featured in the Legal, Business, and Financial Records series are organized by state, the name of the case, and the date the case was filed. Individual documents are organized chronologically within each case. Business and financial records with direct ties to case proceedings are grouped with their associated court cases. Other business and financial records will be featured chronologically within the Legal, Business, and Financial Records series.
Documents for the following legal cases are now available:
- Hurlbut v. Smith, 6 February 1819
- People v. Smith, 20 March 1826
- State of Ohio v. Hurlbut, 21 December 1833
- Rounds qui tam v. Smith, 10 February 1837
- Lake for the use of Quinn v. Millet et al., 8 July 1837
- Millet for the use of Smith v. Woodstock, 15 July 1837
- Allen v. Smith et al., 3 January 1838
- Wilder and Strong v. Rounds, 16 January 1838
- Spencer v. Cahoon et al., 25 January 1838
- Allen v. Granger, 16 August 1837
Additional legal cases involving JS as plaintiff, defendant, witness, or judge are forthcoming. A large subset of the Legal, Business, and Financial Records series will be published in print volumes, while the complete series will be published on this website. As with items in the Documents series, these legal documents are being published on the web in advance of print publication; introductions and annotation will be added for these and other cases on the website following their publication in print. The volume editors of the Legal, Business, and Financial Records series are Gordon A. Madsen and Jeffrey N. Walker, with Walker as the series editor.
Also added to the website are all documents and annotation as published in Documents, Volume 2: July 1831–January 1833. Most of the documents were already on this website, but now all annotation has been included, as well as introductions and other reference material.