The latest publication in the Joseph Smith Papers Project—the inaugural volume of its Documents series, Documents, Volume 1: July 1828–June 1831—was released September 4 with an announcement at the Church History Library in Salt Lake City.
Elder Steven E. Snow of the Seventy, Church Historian and Recorder, announced the new volume at a news conference that also involved Richard Turley Jr., assistant Church historian and recorder, and team members in the Joseph Smith Papers Project.
The newly inaugurated series includes each of Joseph Smith’s revelations in its earliest form, reports of his discourses, and letters he sent and received.
Articles and editorials he wrote for newspapers, minutes of meetings in which he participated, and records of his Church administration are also included.
“This new Documents series will publish, in chronological order, all the early historical documents associated with the Restoration of the Church,” Elder Snow explained. “Together, these texts provide unparalleled insight into the life and prophetic thought of Joseph Smith, one of the most important figures in American religious history.”