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[[Image:Church History Library.jpg|thumb|right|Church History Library front door]]A brief description of the collections at the LDS Church History Library.
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[[Image:Church History Library.jpg|thumb|right|300px|Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah]]&nbsp;<sup>''Welcome to the page for the''</sup><sub><br></sub><big><big><big><font color="#003366">'''''Church History Library'''''</font></big></big></big> <sup>''&nbsp;of&nbsp;The&nbsp;Church&nbsp;of&nbsp;Jesus&nbsp;Christ&nbsp;of Latter-day Saints''</sup><br><br>
  
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints maintains a Church History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah separate from the Family History Library.The collections of the Church History Library contain materials chronicling the history of the Church from its beginning in 1830 to the present day. The collections contain manuscripts, books, Church records, photographs, oral histories, architectural drawings, pamphlets, newspapers, periodicals, maps, microforms, and audiovisual materials.
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=== Contact Information  ===
  
See the [http://www.lds.org/churchhistory/library Library and Archives website] for hours and admission, services and rules, location and parking, and contact information.  
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'''E-mail:'''<ref name="CCHL">"Contact the Church History Library" in ''The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints'' at http://www.lds.org/churchhistory/content/0,15757,3956-1-2121,00.html (accessed 5 August 2009).</ref> [http://www.lds.org/churchhistory/askalibrarian Ask a Librarian] <br>
  
=== Databases Online  ===
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'''Address:'''<ref name="CCHL" />
  
The Church History Library provides two online databases.
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:15 East North Temple Street <br>
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:Salt Lake City, Utah 84150 <br>
  
*'''''[http://chperiodicals.lds.org/ LDS Church Periodical Index]'''''. Automated index containing authors, titles, subjects, and abstracts of articles from periodicals published by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as well as from other journals and magazines from 1976 to the present.
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'''Telephone:'''<ref name="CCHL" /> &nbsp;recording, and live&nbsp;staff 801-240-2745<br>'''Fax:''' &nbsp;801-240-2804<br>
  
*''[http://www.lds.org/churchhistory/library/pioneercompanysearch/1,15773,3966-1,00.html Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel (1847-1868)].'' The most complete index of individuals and companies that crossed the plains to Utah between 1847 and 1868. The entries include transcribed excerpts from trail diaries, letters, and newspaper reports.
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'''Hours, admission, and holidays:''' [http://www.lds.org/churchhistory/content/0,15757,3953-1-2118,00.html Click here].<ref>"Hours and Admission" in ''The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints'' at http://www.lds.org/churchhistory/content/0,15757,3953-1-2118,00.html (accessed 5 August 2009).</ref>
  
=== Collections Only Available On-Site  ===
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'''Maps and public transportation:'''
  
The following collections can help family history researchers tracing LDS families. Some portions of these records are only available at the Church History Library.  
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*For a map of area pay-parking lots [http://www.lds.org/churchhistory/content/0,15757,3955-1-2120,00.html click here].<ref>"Church History Library Location and Parking" in ''The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints'' at http://www.lds.org/churchhistory/content/0,15757,3955-1-2120,00.html (accessed 5 August 2009).</ref>
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*For TRAX light rail, and bus routes [http://www.rideuta.com/ click here].<ref>"Utah Transit Authority" at http://www.rideuta.com/ (accessed 6 August 2009).</ref>
  
==== LDS Ward and Branch Records  ====
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'''Internet sites and databases:'''<ref>"Resources Available" in ''The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints'' at http://www.lds.org/churchhistory/content/0,15757,3957-1-2117,00.html (accessed 6 August 2009).</ref> <br>
  
These records from local church units include membership records, minutes, and histories. The Church has only a few scattered membership records before 1847. The Church History Library is the only place to access membership records from 1949 to 1983. Priesthood quorums and auxiliaries created the minutes and records as well as the local church leaders. The Family History Library has copies of membership records on microfilm for most local units up to 1948.  
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*[http://www.lds.org/churchhistory/library Church History Library Internet Site]: resources, hours and admission, services and rules, location and parking.  
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*[http://chperiodicals.lds.org/ LDS Church Periodical Index] of authors, titles, subjects, and abstracts of articles&nbsp;in periodicals published by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and others from 1976 to the present.  
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*[http://www.lds.org/churchhistory/library/pioneercompanysearch/1,15773,3966-1,00.html Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel (1847-1868)]&nbsp;index of individuals and companies that crossed the plains to Utah&nbsp;from 1847&nbsp;to 1868.&nbsp;Also includes transcribed excerpts from trail diaries, letters, and newspaper reports.
  
==== Journal History of the Church (1830 to present) ====
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=== Collection Description ===
  
This source is a day-by-day scrapbook of events in Church history. It contains clippings from newspapers, excerpts from private journals, letters, and other documentary material. The Family History Library has a microfilm copy up to June 1973. An index is on the Internet. For more details see [[Journal History of the LDS Church|Journal History]].  
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Manuscripts, books, LDS Church records, photographs, oral histories, architectural drawings, pamphlets, newspapers, periodicals, maps, microforms, and audiovisual materials. The staff creates and maintains catalogs and indexes for&nbsp; this collection&nbsp;about the members and history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  
  
==== Patriarchal Blessing Index (1833 to present) ====
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*Ward, branch, mission, and stake records from the mountain West of the United States, and around the world, including membership records primarily from 1877 to 1983, meeting minutes, and some early emigration records. The Church History Library is the only place to access membership records from 1949 to 1983.
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*[[Journal History of the LDS Church|Journal History of the Church]] 1830-present chronological scrapbook of LDS events, including an index.
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*[[LDS Patriarchal Blessings|Patriarchal Blessing Index]] 1833-present. Includes some genealogical data.
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*[[LDS Missionaries|Missionary]], and [[LDS Priesthood Records|priesthood quorum]] records.
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*Diaries and journals of individuals including pioneers and some LDS Church leaders
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*Published histories of wards, branches, stakes, and missions
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*Biographical information, photos, and&nbsp;documentation&nbsp;about LDS Church leaders.
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*LDS Church periodicals and newspapers.
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*Local unit histories (splitting, merging, starting, and stopping&nbsp;of ward, branch, mission, and stake&nbsp;boundaries)
  
The computer index contains basic information used in requesting a copy of a patriarchal blessing. The indexes provide some genealogical information. The Family History Library has a microfiche copy up to 1999.
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=== Guide  ===
  
==== Journals, Manuscripts, and Photographs  ====
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The [[Tracing LDS Ancestors|'''''Tracing LDS Ancestors''''']] Wiki pages describe in detail some of sources at the Church History Library. See especially [[LDS Census|Census]] · [[LDS Colonization|Colonization]] · [[LDS Emigration and Immigration|Emigration and Immigration]] · [[LDS Historical Geography|Historical Geography]] · [[LDS History|History]] · [[LDS Membership Records|Membership Records]] · [[LDS Military Records|Military Records]] · [[LDS Missionaries|Missionaries]] · [[LDS Newspapers|Newspapers]] · [[LDS Patriarchal Blessings|Patriarchal Blessings]] · [[LDS Periodicals|Periodicals]] · [[LDS Priesthood Records|Priesthood Records]].
  
The Church History Library has personal journals, biographies, histories of Church leaders, photographs, and other documentary materials.
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=== Substitute Repositories  ===
  
For other sources available in each library, see the research outline, ''[http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Search/RG/frameset_rg.asp?Dest=G1&Aid=&Gid=&Lid=&Sid=&Did=&Juris1=&Event=&Year=&Gloss=&Sub=&Tab=&Entry=&Guide=LDSRec.ASP Tracing LDS Families]''(item 34080). Major collections include the Early Church Information File, the Missionary Record Index (1830-1979), and the Obituary Index (1848-1970).
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If you cannot visit or find a record at the Church History Library, a similar&nbsp;source may be available at one of the following:
  
[[Category:Repositories]] [[Category:Utah]] [[Category:Salt_Lake_County,_Utah]] [[Category:Tracing_LDS_Ancestors]]
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'''''Overlapping Collections'''''<br>
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*[[Family History Library|Family History Library]] LDS membership, temple records, censuses, genealogy, obituary index, Early Church Info File
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*[http://www.lib.byu.edu/fslab/ Brigham Young University],&nbsp;genealogy, county histories, censuses, Family History Center,&nbsp;[http://www.lib.byu.edu/fhc/index.php digitized family histories]
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*[http://www.dupinternational.org/ Daughters of Utah Pioneers] emphasizing biography of ancestors who arrived in Utah prior to the railroad
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*[http://www.cofchrist.org/library/default.asp Community of Christ Library], formerly Reorganized LDS Church, a group that shares part of their early history with the Utah LDS Church. For a microfilm inventory of their archive records 1830-1994, [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=745961&disp=Indexes+to+archival+holdings%2C+1830-1++ click here].
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'''''Similar Collections'''''<br>
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*[http://www.huntington.org/huntingtonlibrary.aspx?id=544&linkidentifier=id&itemid=544 Huntington Library] Western Americana including California LDS history for "qualified" scholars
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*[http://www.lib.siu.edu/index.html Southern Illinois University] collects LDS history sources
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*[http://www.library.yale.edu/div/divhome.htm Yale University Divinity School Library] has an excellent collection of LDS theology and history books.
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'''''Neighboring Collections'''''<br>
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*[http://www.lib.utah.edu/portal/site/marriottlibrary/ University of Utah], local historical and biographical sources, and Special Collections Western Americana
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*[http://library.usu.edu/Specol/index.html Utah State University] Special Collections and Archives&nbsp;local historical and biographical sources
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*[http://www.archives.state.ut.us/ Utah State Archives] historical and biographical&nbsp;documents, death&nbsp;records, land records, court records&nbsp;
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*[http://history.utah.gov/index.html Utah State Historical Society] manuscripts and photos for&nbsp;historical and biographical studies <br>
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=== Sources  ===
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Revision as of 15:24, 7 August 2009

Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
 Welcome to the page for the
Church History Library  of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Contents

Contact Information

E-mail:[1] Ask a Librarian

Address:[1]

15 East North Temple Street
Salt Lake City, Utah 84150

Telephone:[1]  recording, and live staff 801-240-2745
Fax:  801-240-2804

Hours, admission, and holidays: Click here.[2]

Maps and public transportation:

Internet sites and databases:[5]

  • Church History Library Internet Site: resources, hours and admission, services and rules, location and parking.
  • LDS Church Periodical Index of authors, titles, subjects, and abstracts of articles in periodicals published by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and others from 1976 to the present.
  • Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel (1847-1868) index of individuals and companies that crossed the plains to Utah from 1847 to 1868. Also includes transcribed excerpts from trail diaries, letters, and newspaper reports.

Collection Description

Manuscripts, books, LDS Church records, photographs, oral histories, architectural drawings, pamphlets, newspapers, periodicals, maps, microforms, and audiovisual materials. The staff creates and maintains catalogs and indexes for  this collection about the members and history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

  • Ward, branch, mission, and stake records from the mountain West of the United States, and around the world, including membership records primarily from 1877 to 1983, meeting minutes, and some early emigration records. The Church History Library is the only place to access membership records from 1949 to 1983.
  • Journal History of the Church 1830-present chronological scrapbook of LDS events, including an index.
  • Patriarchal Blessing Index 1833-present. Includes some genealogical data.
  • Missionary, and priesthood quorum records.
  • Diaries and journals of individuals including pioneers and some LDS Church leaders
  • Published histories of wards, branches, stakes, and missions
  • Biographical information, photos, and documentation about LDS Church leaders.
  • LDS Church periodicals and newspapers.
  • Local unit histories (splitting, merging, starting, and stopping of ward, branch, mission, and stake boundaries)

Guide

The Tracing LDS Ancestors Wiki pages describe in detail some of sources at the Church History Library. See especially Census · Colonization · Emigration and Immigration · Historical Geography · History · Membership Records · Military Records · Missionaries · Newspapers · Patriarchal Blessings · Periodicals · Priesthood Records.

Substitute Repositories

If you cannot visit or find a record at the Church History Library, a similar source may be available at one of the following:

Overlapping Collections

Similar Collections

Neighboring Collections

Sources

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Contact the Church History Library" in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at http://www.lds.org/churchhistory/content/0,15757,3956-1-2121,00.html (accessed 5 August 2009).
  2. "Hours and Admission" in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at http://www.lds.org/churchhistory/content/0,15757,3953-1-2118,00.html (accessed 5 August 2009).
  3. "Church History Library Location and Parking" in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at http://www.lds.org/churchhistory/content/0,15757,3955-1-2120,00.html (accessed 5 August 2009).
  4. "Utah Transit Authority" at http://www.rideuta.com/ (accessed 6 August 2009).
  5. "Resources Available" in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at http://www.lds.org/churchhistory/content/0,15757,3957-1-2117,00.html (accessed 6 August 2009).