The Joseph Smith Papers Project recently announced the addition of the following new content and features to its website, josephsmithpapers.org. These new additions include, among other things, new finding aids, histories Joseph Smith assigned others to write, a letter to Emma Smith, new and enhanced document viewer.
- Histories Joseph Smith assigned to be written, as published in Histories, Volume 2, with all their accompanying annotation: John Whitmer, History, 1831-circa 1847; William W. Phelps, “Rise and Progress of the Church of Christ,” April 1833; John Corrill, A Brief History of the Church of Christ of Latter Day Saints, 1839; and “A History, of the Persecution, of the Church of Jesus Christ, of Latter Day Saints in Missouri,” December 1839-October 1840. An overview of the assigned histories can be found in the introduction to Histories, Volume 2.
- A finding aid describing Joseph Smith’s history-writing endeavors and the relationship between all of the histories posted on this website.
- Early published versions of revelations found in Revelations and Translations, Volume 2 , with all their accompanying annotation: Images of Oliver Cowdery’s Copy of the Book of Commandments; Proposed Sixth Gathering of the Book of Commandments; and revelations printed in The Evening and the Morning Star and its reprint Evening and Morning Star, along with a side-by-side comparison.
- Letter to Emma Smith, 6 June 1832.
- A finding aid for documents written in Joseph Smith’s hand.
- New and updated reference material, including source citations for thirty-eight biographical descriptions, twenty-six new and updated geographical entries, twenty-four new and updated chronological entries, two videos giving character sketches of Joseph Smith’s grandparents, and forty-seven maps.
- A new and improved document viewer.
Also recently added are documents from January through March 1842 and five accounts of Joseph Smith’s 7 April 1844 discourse on the “subject of the dead.” In the coming months more documents from the Documents, Journals, Histories, Revelations and Translations, and Administrative Records series will be added. Eventually the website will contain images and transcripts of all extant and available Joseph Smith papers.
The new document viewer at josephsmithpapers.org facilitates navigation of the sometimes-complicated documents found on our website and improves the overall user experience. Enhancements include:
- Table of contents to navigate to specific entries in large documents such as journals, histories, and minute books.
- Gallery view that displays thumbnails of all pages, providing a visual overview of the document and the ability to jump to a specific page.
- Slider navigation at the bottom of the viewer to allow quick access to specific pages.
- Full-screen viewer that gives users more room to view documents and read transcripts on large screens.
- Navigation by original source page number. Documents on the website were previously organized by image numbers, which often did not correspond to page numbers in the original sources.
- Image rotation tool that helps users better view text written sideways or upside down.