The Church Historian's Press The Church Historian's Press

About the Press

About the Church Historian’s Press

The Church Historian’s Press was announced in 2008 by the Church History Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Joseph Smith Papers was the first publication to bear the imprint.

The press publishes works of Latter-day Saint history that meet high standards of scholarship. These works include documentary editing projects—which offer direct access to primary documents—narrative histories, and topical studies. The majority of projects will be published in both print and digital formats.

Mission and Purpose

The mission of the Church Historian’s Press is to publish accurate, transparent, and authoritative works of history about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Scholarly Standards

Works published by the Church Historian’s Press are created by credentialed historians, documentary editors, and other scholars, with the assistance of a professional editorial staff. The press’s documentary editing projects adhere to national standards of text transcription and verification. All of the press’s publications undergo extensive peer review and rigorous fact checking and rely heavily on primary sources. 

Target Audience

The audiences for the web and print publications of the Church Historian’s Press may vary depending on the publication. The publications of The Joseph Smith Papers, for example, are directed chiefly toward historians, religious studies scholars, teachers and writers of American history and religion, and other scholars and serious students of history. These works, however, are also of significant interest to many members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Other press publications may be geared primarily to members of the church.

Funding

The Church Historian’s Press is sponsored and financially supported by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Larry H. and Gail Miller Family Foundation generously provides additional funding for the Joseph Smith Papers Project. Funds from the sale of print volumes and e-books are reinvested into the press’s projects.

Editorial Board

The Church History Department Editorial Board is made up of the following department executives, directors, and staff members:

  • Steven E. Snow, Executive Director, Church History Department, and Church Historian and Recorder
  • Reid L. Neilson, Managing Director, Church History Department, and Assistant Church Historian and Recorder
  • Keith A. Erekson, Director, Library Division
  • Matthew J. Grow, Director, Publications Division
  • Jennifer L. Lund, Director, Historic Sites Division
  • Ben Ellis Godfrey, Senior Product Manager, Audience Needs Division
  • Matthew C. Godfrey, Managing Historian, Joseph Smith Papers Project
  • Steven C. Harper, Historian, Publications Division
  • Robin Scott Jensen, Associate Managing Historian, Joseph Smith Papers Project
  • Riley M. Lorimer, Associate Editorial Manager, Joseph Smith Papers Project
  • Matthew McBride, Web Content Manager, Publications Division
  • Jennifer Reeder, Women’s History Specialist, Publications Division
  • Brent M. Rogers, Associate Managing Historian, Joseph Smith Papers Project
  • R. Eric Smith, Editorial Manager, Publications Division
  • Nathan N. Waite, Associate Editorial Manager, Joseph Smith Papers Project