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Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions about the Project

  • What is the Joseph Smith Papers Project?

  • Why was the project undertaken?

  • What kinds of documents will be 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?