A display of books, manuscripts, photographs, and artifacts was assembled to accompany “The Worlds of Joseph Smith” conference at the Library of Congress. Twelve items in this display came from collections in the Library of Congress; three from the Library-Archives of the Community of Christ in Independence, Missouri; two from the L. Tom Perry Special Collections at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah; and thirteen from the LDS Church History Library, Archives, and Museum of Church History and Art in Salt Lake City.
The display was organized by James H. Hutson, Director of the Manuscript Division of the Library of Congress, and by John W. Welch, Editor in Chief of BYU Studies. They were assisted by Larry Draper, Kristi Bell, and others at BYU, and also by Steve L. Olsen, Glenn N. Rowe, and several others on the staff of the LDS Church Historian’s office. The display was finalized and mounted in the foyer and display cases of the Coolidge Auditorium by the Library’s Exhibition Office.
The captions were researched and written by John Welch, with assistance from Steven C. Harper, document editor for BYU Studies; the texts were then edited by the Exhibition Office. The captions that appear here are lengthened from the labels that were used in the display cases. Among other additions, quotations have been expanded and further sources have been supplied, drawing attention especially to relevant articles in BYU Studies and to works authored by presenters at this conference.