Church Historian’s Press Announces Seventh Joseph Smith Papers Conference

SALT LAKE CITY—The Church Historian’s Press announced today that the seventh Joseph Smith Papers Conference will be held on Friday and Saturday, September 15–16, 2023, at the Conference Center Theater in Salt Lake City.

To commemorate the publication of the final print volume of The Joseph Smith Papers, this conference will examine the entire project and engage with the following question: What have we learned from the Joseph Smith Papers Project? Over thirty presenters will explore major themes of the papers, assess the project’s value for scholars and Latter-day Saints, and reflect on the work of publishing nearly thirty volumes of Joseph Smith’s documents. The keynote address will be delivered by Dr. Laurie F. Maffly-Kipp, Archer Alexander Distinguished Professor, Washington University in St. Louis. Opening remarks will be delivered by President Dallin H. Oaks, first counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

This event is free to attend, but registration is required. A free, catered lunch will be provided at the conference venue on both days for the first three hundred registered attendees. Those who are unable to attend in person will be able to view a live stream of the proceedings. Registration, the conference schedule, and additional details are available at

About the Joseph Smith Papers Project

The Joseph Smith Papers Project is an effort to gather together all extant Joseph Smith documents and to publish complete and accurate transcripts of those documents with both textual and contextual annotation. All such documents will be published electronically on the project website, and a large number of the documents have been published in print. The print and electronic publications constitute an essential resource for scholars and students of the life and work of Joseph Smith, early Latter-day Saint history, and nineteenth-century American religion. For the first time, all of Joseph Smith’s known surviving papers, which include many of the foundational documents of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will be easily accessible in one place.

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. For more information, visit the Church Historian’s Press website.