- Published Volumes
When completed, The Joseph Smith Papers will include accurate and unabridged transcripts of all extant Joseph Smith documents to which the editors can gain access. The project includes both print and electronic components. At present, it is contemplated that the print edition of The Joseph Smith Papers will consist of about two dozen volumes, divided into six series: Documents, Journals, Revelations and Translations, Histories, Administrative Records, and Legal and Business Records. All of the printed material will eventually appear on the Joseph Smith Papers website. This website will also publish many documents in advance of the printed edition and will include many documents that will never be included in the printed volumes.
The following paragraphs give more information about the printed volumes. Much of this information also pertains to the materials published electronically, as the electronic edition is modeled in many respects after the print edition.
|Histories, Volume 2: Assigned Histories, 1831–1847, edited by Karen Lynn Davidson, Richard L. Jensen, and David J. Whittaker|
|Volume 2 of the Histories series, published in 2012, presents four histories written by church historians by assignment from Joseph Smith. The volume includes works by two men, John Whitmer and John Corrill, who both distanced themselves from the church before finishing their histories. Also found in volume 2 are two histories published in Latter-day Saint newspapers, William W. Phelps’s “Rise and Progress of the Church of Christ” and the Times and Seasons series “A History, of the Persecution, of the Church of Jesus Christ, of Latter Day Saints, in Missouri.” Together these histories provide a rich, multifaceted view of the early years of the Latter-day Saint movement, particularly the “Mormon War” of 1838.|
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The following additional materials related to the published volumes are available:
• Indexes to Journals, Volume 1: 1832–1839 and Journals, Volume 2: December 1841–April 1843. Bound hard copies will also be sent free of charge upon request. To request a bound copy of either index from Deseret Book Company (the distributor for The Joseph Smith Papers), please fill out the Index Request Form.
• Combined index to volumes 1 and 2 of the Histories series.
• Using The Joseph Smith Papers: An Introduction to Journals, Volume 1 from the Inside Out.
• Errata sheets for Journals, Volume 1, Journals, Volume 2, Revelations and Translations, Manuscript Revelation Books (Facsimile Edition), Revelations and Translations, Volume 2, Histories, Volume 1, and Histories, Volume 2.
Each volume is designed and will be used principally as a reference work, not as a narrative to be read cover to cover. For that reason, a modest amount of “friendly redundancy” is not only tolerated but expressly built in. For example, a theme introduced in the volume introduction might be treated briefly again in a document introduction so that a reader who goes directly to the document will have the essential information at hand.
The main editorial components of a volume include the following.
Introductions: The first volume in each series has a series introduction. This briefly introduces readers to the class of documents in the series and to the criteria for inclusion, along with other information helpful to understanding the series generally. In addition, each volume has a volume introduction, which sketches the broad historical setting of the events and the concerns relevant to the documents in the volume. It may also introduce important themes and issues pertinent to a number of documents in the volume and therefore not easily handled in a single document introduction.
Editorial method: This is a statement of editorial principles governing treatment of the text and of the editorial apparatus supplied by the editors.
Source notes: These provide full bibliographic and physical descriptions of each document as well as information about handwriting, dating, chain of possession, and other relevant details.
Historical introductions: These orient readers by providing information and historical context necessary to understand each document.
Transcripts: These are verified and edited transcripts of each featured document. The final product is the result of editing the thrice-verified transcript according to the project’s style guide.
Footnotes: Textual footnotes provide details about the manuscript that cannot be easily presented in the transcript itself. Historical footnotes illuminate textual passages or supply clarifications, identifications, and other information that help readers understand the documents as a contemporaneous reader might have.
Illustrations: Textual photographs provide readers a better feel for the nature of key documents and permit graphical reproductions of some pages or passages. Other illustrations include photographs, paintings, or other graphical representations of relevant people, artifacts, places, and so forth.
The volumes include several types of reference material, placed in the back of the volume. For reasons of space and simplicity, reference material is published in print without documentation. This website will eventually present full documentation for most reference material.
Chronology: This tool covers the dates spanned by each volume and will be as detailed as volume needs require. For example, a chronology in the volume of the Documents series that presents documents for the year 1837 will help readers understand why there are so few documents for that year.
Geographical Directory, Maps, Biographical Directory, and Glossary: These tools provide contextual information helpful to understand the documents. They also minimize the need for editors to include footnotes to identify places, people, and terms.
Charts: Charts will be used as needed to present genealogical data, information about church organization, and other material.
Sources and Works Cited: Each volume will include a brief essay introducing major sources or collections of sources, along with a comprehensive listing of works cited. Short titles used in the footnotes correspond to full bibliographic information in the Works Cited.
Index: Most volumes will include a detailed index that indexes texts, substantive data in annotation, and some elements of reference material.