KAREN LYNN DAVIDSON, DAVID J. WHITTAKER, MARK ASHURST-MCGEE, RICHARD L. JENSEN, editors. Histories, Volume 1: Joseph Smith Histories, 1832-1844. Vol. 1 of the Histories series of The Joseph Smith Papers, ed. Dean C. Jessie, Ronald K. Esplin, and Richard Lyman Bushman. Salt Lake City: The Church Historian's Press, 2012.
KAREN LYNN DAVIDSON, RICHARD L. JENSEN, DAVID J. WHITTAKER, editors. Histories, Volume 2: Assigned Histories, 1831-1847. Vol. 2 of the Histories series of The Joseph Smith Papers, ed. Dean C. Jessie, Ronald K. Esplin, and Richard Lyman Bushman. Salt Lake City: The Church Historian's Press, 2012.
I am always delighted to pick up a new volume of the Joseph Smith Papers and find that it continues the same book quality that has characterized the series from the beginning. Every volume is elegantly designed and solidly bound, and the editorial work is outstanding. Most of all, every volume includes documents that are invaluable in understanding and writing about early Mormon history.
The team of scholars chosen to edit Histories volumes 1 and 2 was remarkably experienced and competent. Karen Lynn Davidson has taught English at Brigham Young University, and she has published hymns as well as historical works. One of her most significant historical works, coedited with Jill Mulvay Derr, is Eliza R. Snow: The Complete Poetry. David J. Whittaker is the author, editor, or coeditor of around ninety books and articles on LDS history and has enjoyed distinguished research fellowships at Yale University and the British Library in London. Mark Ashurst-McGee has published several articles and major works on early Mormon history, and was awarded the Gerald E. Jones Dissertation Award from the Mormon History Association in 2009. He has served with the Joseph Fielding Smith Institute for Latter-day Saint History at BYU, the Religious Education faculty at BYU, and the Joseph Smith Papers Project. Richard L. Jensen is author, coauthor, editor, coeditor, or translator of nearly fifty books and articles on LDS history, with particular interest in nineteenth-century European Latter-day Saints.