The Joseph Smith Papers: Journals, Vol. 1: 1832-1839

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The overnight bestseller that won the Special Award in Textual Criticism and Bibliography from the Association for Mormon Letters in 2008 and the Best Documentary Editing/Bibliography Award from the Mormon History Association in 2009.

The Joseph Smith Papers, Journals, Volume 1: 1832-1839 features Joseph Smith's first five journals. These documents give the reader an appreciation for Joseph Smith's character, his private piety, and his sense of mission. The book also conveys Joseph Smith's perspective on the spiritual manifestations experienced in the Kirtland, Ohio, temple, the origins of the "Mormon War" in Missouri, and the founding of what would become Nauvoo, Illinois, the Mormon city on the Mississippi.

The Joseph Smith Papers Project will eventually constitute roughly two dozen volumes, organized into six series. With access to texts not previously available, and certainly never in one collection, the Joseph Smith Papers Project provides new information and insights about Joseph Smith, early Mormonism, and nineteenth-century American religion.

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Dean C. Jessee is widely recognized as an authority on the life and writings of Joseph Smith. He holds a master's degree in Latter-day Saint history from Brigham Young University and was a research historian in the Joseph Fielding Smith Institute for Latter-day Saint History at Brigham Young University. He also served for many years in the Church Historical Department, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and was president of the Mormon History Association. He is the editor of The Papers of Joseph Smith, volumes 1 and 2.

Mark Ashurst-McGee is a senior research and review editor for the Joseph Smith Papers Project and a specialist in document analysis and documentary editing methodology. He holds a PhD in history from Arizona State University and has trained at the Institute for the Editing of Historical Documents. He is the author of peer-reviewed articles on Joseph Smith and early Mormon history.

Richard L. Jensen, whose career researching and writing Mormon history at Brigham Young University and the Church History Department, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, spanned some four decades, was formerly senior research and review editor with the Joseph Smith Papers Project.

Review:

Readers need not raise a skeptical eyebrow when they see this edition is produced by LDS members and printed by an LDS press. While this project is meant in part to be a resource for its own constituency, there is an impartiality and professionalism here in the tone, subjects, and sources that bode well for this series and edition as a reliable resource for all. --Kenneth P. Minkema, Documentary Editing 31 (2010): 120-122.

Both LDS and non-LDS scholars, in short, will wish to use this and future volumes produced by the Joseph Smith Papers. Though the editors acknowledge being LDS adherents, they have done their work according to the modern standards of documentary editing and are at no point guilty of preparing or presenting their texts in tendentious ways. . . . All in all, the volume is an impressive achievement, and it is to be hoped that future volumes in the Joseph Smith Papers Project will match its quality of scholarship. --Thomas Coens, BYU Studies 48, no. 3 (2009): 148-151

The editorial staff have gathered every available Smith document, subjected them all to a three-step verification process, and provided an extensive historical annotation without theological commentary in conjunction with an advisory board of Smith scholars. . . . In addition to extensive introductory material, the volume contains useful reference material including a chronology, maps, glossary, and essay on sources. . . . This is an extraordinary work. . . . Highly recommended. --Daniel Liestman, Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, July 2009

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