Missouri Mormon Manuscripts: Sources in Selected Societies
The Missouri period (January 1831–July 1839) was a dramatic and troublesome time in the early history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. While the period may be one of the best documented times of Church history, a search of three Missouri archives turned up over 250 unpublished documents, which add considerably to our knowledge and understanding of that difficult time. Mormon historian Stanley B. Kimball discusses the content of these materials, including details about anti-Mormon military and political affairs, the trials of Joseph Smith and others, facts about an Iowa-based attempt to kidnap the Prophet, and many other details about Mormons in Missouri. This study adds 73 new and relatively unknown documents to Missouri Mormon history from Jackson County, Clay County, and Caldwell County, Missouri.