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“Mormonism and the West” consists of reproductions of original letters, diaries, journals, reminiscences and other records lent to The Huntington during the 1940s and 1950s by many Mormon families, through the auspices of Mormon historian Juanita Brooks, as well as copies acquired from institutions such as Brigham Young University.  The 160 reels of negative microfilm were converted to PDFs by the Huntington Library in 2013, and online catalog records were created to improve access to these documents.  Nearly all these documents focus upon the early history of the Mormon faith during the 1830s and 1840s, the 1847 flight of its followers from persecution to the Great Salt Lake Valley in present-day Utah, and the subsequent Mormon settlement of the Intermountain West. Brooks’s dedicated labors during the middle of the twentieth century as The Huntington’s field agent expanded the Library’s holdings from a modest assortment of printed texts and manuscripts to one of the most comprehensive collections on the history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints outside of Utah.

 
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