The Joseph Smith Papers project ( is 10 years old! This research project analyzes, documents, and publishes virtually everything ever written about Joseph Smith. The world now has greater access to original sources for Joseph Smith’s life and teachings.

The project lead to historical revisions to headings in the 2013 edition of the Doctrine and Covenants and paved the way for other Church History Department projects, such as The First Fifty Years of Relief Society (2016), the new Saints series (2018), and 100 essays called Church History Topics.

“The Joseph Smith Papers has greatly deepened our historical knowledge of early Latter-day Saint history,” said Matthew J. Grow, publications director at the Church History Department and a general editor of the Papers.


A 2008 photo of books and historic documents published in the first volume of the Joseph Smith Papers. Photo: Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News

“If people have an interest in the first decades of Church history, this gives them the best history that has ever been done…,” said Elder Steven E. Snow.

Learn more in the article “What historians, scholars and Church members are saying about the Joseph Smith Papers on its 10th anniversary.”

Read more articles about the Joseph Smith Papers project.

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