Tuesday, July 15, 2008

New Church History Library

A New Library for LDS History

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is building a freestanding Church History Library on the corner of North Temple and Main Street in Salt Lake City.

Scheduled to open in summer 2009, the library will offer:

  • 260,000 books, pamphlets, magazines, manuals, etc.
  • 500,000 historic photographs, posters, maps, etc.
  • 40,000 audio and video recordings
  • 120,000 local histories for LDS Church units
  • 150,000 journals, diaries, papers, and manuscripts
  • 20,000 rolls of microfilm
  • 3.6 million patriarchal blessings for LDS Church members

Some of these items will be available in an open stacks reading room, while others will be located in archival storage rooms and delivered to patrons for use in a secure reading room.

The current location of these materials, in the east wing of the LDS Church Office Building, is inadequate in terms of records storage, space, and patron convenience, a church official says.

The church will move its records to the new space in spring 2009. During the move, the library facilities will be closed for about eight weeks.


Anonymous said...

I keep waiting for them to make available journals of prominent LDS pioneers that would be valueable towards family genealogy.

A big example is the Wilford Woodruff journals. His notes of early missionary activity is sometimes the first document record for some of my ancestors.

ClairB said...

Wilford Woodruff's Journals have been published -- by Signature Book:

Wilford Woodruff's Journal
1833-1898 Typescript
Hardback. 9 Volumes. 5,362 Pages. / 0-941214-13-3

Some libraries ought to have them, including the church history library.

Other Diaries of prominent church leaders have been published, while others are still under wraps.