This database includes citations to articles, books, theses, and Ph.D.
dissertations dealing with the history of the Church of Jesus Christ
of Latter-day Saints, written from the time of its inception in 1830
to the present. It is intended to be comprehensive, but does not
include highly pejorative works, though it does include controversial
works that still have historical substance or interest.
This database is maintained by James B. Allen, BYU Professor of
History emeritus, and J. Michael Hunter of the Harold B. Lee Library
at Brigham Young University. It serves as an enlarged edition of James
B. Allen, Ronald W. Walker, and David J. Whittaker, Studies in Mormon
History 1830-1997: An Indexed Bibliography (Urbana: University of
Illinois Press, 2000). We thank John W. Welch, editor of BYU Studies,
for working with the University of Illinois Press to get the copyright
returned to us.
The database is being updated constantly. So far as possible, it
includes articles, books, theses, and Ph.D. dissertations dealing with
the history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,
written from the time of its inception in 1830 to the present. Since
it is intended as a guide to responsible historical scholarship it
does not, for the most part, include highly pejorative works, though
it does include controversial works that still have historical
substance or interest.
The original print edition of the bibliography contains Armand L.
Mauss and Dynette Ivie Reynolds, "A Topical Guide to Published Social
Science Literature on the Mormons." All entries from this guide that
are of substantive interest to historians can be found in the current
database using the subject term "Sociological studies." The guide
itself is not being enlarged, but as we find sociological studies that
are of historical substance (even tangentially) we include them under
the same subject heading.
For insight into the development of Mormon historiography, you are
encouraged to obtain a copy of Ronald W. Walker, David J. Whittaker
and James B. Allen, Mormon History (Urbana: University of Illinois
Press, 2001), which also contains an essay on social science
literature by Armand L. Mauss.
We earnestly ask for your support and help in keeping this database up
to date as well as accurate. We may well miss some items that should
be there, and we also recognize that there will, inevitably, be
mistakes. If you know of any books, article, theses or dissertations
that are not listed here, please notify us so that we can including
them. Also, if you find any mistakes we invite you notify us so that
we may correct them. You may contact us by sending an email to