Church Historian’s Press Publishes Discourses and Diaries of Two General Relief Society Presidents
SALT LAKE CITY—The Church Historian’s Press today announced the online publication of additional materials that shed light on the lives and contributions of Eliza R. Snow and Emmeline B. Wells, two previous general Relief Society presidents of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The discourses and diaries are available to the public for free at churchhistorianspress.org.
- Discourses of Eliza R. Snow from June 1875 to December 1877
- Diaries of Emmeline B. Wells from January 1889 to December 1891
These never-before-published transcripts illuminate the thoughts, teachings, and activities of two of the most celebrated women in Latter-day Saint history. Readers will discover Eliza R. Snow traveling and preaching throughout Utah Territory as she organizes ward and stake Relief Societies. Readers will also find Emmeline B. Wells writing and advocating for women, including organizing the Utah Territorial Woman Suffrage Association.
Left to right: Elizabeth Ann Whitney, Emmeline B. Wells, and Eliza R. Snow. Photograph by Charles R. Savage, circa 1876. (PH 892, Church History Library, Salt Lake City.)
The Eliza R. Snow website and Emmeline B. Wells website will continue to release discourses and diaries several times each year. Interested scholars, researchers, and others can sign up for the Church Historian’s Press newsletter to be notified of each future release.
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 aim of the Church Historian’s Press is to increase access to materials related to the history of the church. Previous publications include the Joseph Smith Papers, documents chronicling the early history of the Relief Society, discourses by Latter-day Saint women, the Journal of George Q. Cannon, and the Journal of George F. Richards. For more information, visit the Church Historian’s Press website.