Collection of artwork, photographs, and other media depicting people, places, and events mentioned in Joseph Smith’s papers. The library also includes maps, charts, and other reference materials.
A Character Sketch of Joseph Smith Sr.
Kyle R. Walker, Richard Lloyd Anderson, and Jeffery O. Johnson reveal insights to Joseph Smith Sr.’s character and personality.
Second Great Awakening
Milton V. Backman Jr. and Chad M. Orton speak on the religious excitement Joseph Smith Jr. encountered in his youth.
Donald C. Enders shares information on early Palmyra, New York, providing a backdrop for Smith family history.
Photograph by George Edward Anderson, 1907
In this view to the southwest, the east branch of the Chagrin River can be seen in the foreground. The House of the Lord stands out on the horizon.
Photograph by C. Edward Miller, 1912
Presiding officers of the Melchizedek, or higher, priesthood sat in the west pulpits of the lower court during the dedication of the House of the Lord in Kirtland, Ohio, on 27 March 1836.
Photograph by Matthew Reier, 2000
In May 1838, Joseph Smith and his surveying party selected a site for a Mormon community overlooking this bend of the Grand River.
One of Joseph Smith's earliest supporters, Oliver Cowdery served as Smith's principal scribe in the translation of the Book of Mormon and was one of the six original members of the church. Cowdery was ordained assistant president of the church on 5 December 1834.
Fragment of Egyptian Papyrus
Joseph Smith and others purchased four Egyptian mummies and several papyri from Michael Chandler in July 1835.
Photograph by Welden C. Andersen
Manual Hebrew Grammar for the Use of Beginners, by Joshua Seixas, second edition, 1834. Seixas used this 1834 edition of his textbook when he began teaching Hebrew in Kirtland, Ohio, in January 1836.
Photograph by George Edward Anderson, 1907
An April 1838 revelation commanded the Latter-day Saints to build a house of the Lord in Far West, Missouri. The Saints laid the cornerstones for the temple on 4 July 1838 as part of their commemoration of American independence.
Newel K. Whitney
Joseph Smith appointed Newel K. Whitney bishop of the Latter-day Saint community centered in Kirtland, Ohio, when the Saints began gathering there in 1831.
Mission to the Indians, 1830–1831
Oliver Cowdery, Peter Whitmer Jr., Ziba Peterson, and Parley P. Pratt departed New York in October 1830 on a mission to preach to the "Lamanites" in Indian territory. Frederick G. Williams joined the group in Ohio. They preached to the Indians in early 1831, but they were soon ordered off Indian lands by a federal agent.
Joseph Smith’s travel between Ohio and Missouri, 1831
In accordance with instructions in a June 1831 revelation, Joseph Smith and several others traveled from Kirtland, Ohio, to Jackson County, Missouri, where a new revelation designated Independence as the "centre place" of the city of Zion.
Joseph Smith's travel between Ohio and Missouri, 1832
In accordance with instructions in a March 1832 revelation, Joseph Smith, Sidney Rigdon, and Newel K. Whitney traveled from Hiram, Ohio, to Independence, Missouri, to counsel with church leaders.
Joseph Smith Proselytizing Mission, October–November 1833
In the fall of 1833, Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon traveled with church member Freeman Nickerson from Kirtland, Ohio, to Mount Pleasant, Upper Canada.
Joseph Smith Recruiting Mission, February–March 1834
In early 1834, Joseph Smith and Parley P. Pratt traveled from Kirtland, Ohio, to western New York to enlist recruits and raise funds for an expedition to help exiled Latter-day Saints reoccupy their lands in Jackson County, Missouri.
Timeline of Joseph Smith's Life
This timeline provides a brief graphical overview of some of the major milestones in Joseph Smith's life. For more detailed chronological information, visit Events.
Joseph Smith Pedigree Chart
This pedigree chart provides genealogical information for Joseph Smith and his grandparents; parents, aunts, and uncles; siblings; and children.
History Creation Dates, Narrative Spans, Scribes, and Precursor Documents
This chart lists each history in volumes 1 and 2 of the Histories series, along with information about creation dates, years covered, scribes, and principal source documents.
Relationships among Histories and Precursors
This chart illustrates the relationships among the histories that appear in volumes 1 and 2 of the Histories series and the principal documents that served as sources for the histories.
Filial Relationships among Manuscript and Published Versions of Joseph Smith’s 1838–1856 History
This chart illustrates the relationships among the various versions of the history begun by Joseph Smith in 1838.
Corresponding Section Numbers in Editions of the Doctrine and Covenants
This table is provided to help readers refer from one version of a Joseph Smith revelation to other versions of that same revelation.
Filial Relationships among Joseph Smith–Era Compilations of Revelations
This chart includes the seven major Joseph Smith–era compilations of revelations, plotted on a timeline to illustrate the creation dates for each compilation.
Substitute Words in the 1835 and 1844 Editions of the Doctrine and Covenants
These two tables identify all of the substitute words used in the 1835 and 1844 editions of the Doctrine and Covenants and the original antecedents to those substitute words.
The Use of Revelation Books 1 and 2 in Preparing the Revelations for Publication
These three tables present information about the relationship between Revelation Books 1 and 2 and The Evening and the Morning Star, the Book of Commandments, and the 1835 Doctrine and Covenants.
Church Officers, 1830–1839
These charts and the accompanying narrative provide an overview of the ecclesiastical structure of the church in the 1830s and supply the names of church officers in that period.
Church Officers, 1839–1843
These charts show the general leadership of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as well as local ecclesiastical officers in Nauvoo, Illinois, between 1839 and April 1843.
Nauvoo City Officers, 1841–1843
This chart identifies significant city offices in Nauvoo, Illinois, and the names of the individuals who held those offices between February 1841 and April 1843.