Recently the question was asked what to do with mormon 'literature'.
I indicated that i felt there should be a formal place to house it.
I have great news. I just received this message from UNLV, our local university:
Peter Michel at the university's Special Collection's department is very interested in building a Mormon collection; such a collection definitely would support a number of academic programs. So--now we need more specific information about the scope of the material.
Anyone who might be interested in assisting me with this please contact me. I think it is great that there is a formal interest in housing mormon 'literature'. We need as many of these as possible at our learning institutions to ensure that white-washing the history is kept at a minimum.
They have asked me to assist with creating the collection and deciding what should be a part of the collection. Anyone interested in helping me? This collection is a far better place for those old Miracle of Forgiveness and Journal of Discourses etc. than the garbage. Oh, and we need early editions of Mormon Doctrine and the list goes on. I am very excited about this. I look forward to hearing from those of you interested.
Anyone wishing to send materials to be housed in the collection may do so by sending me an email at: firstname.lastname@example.org. I will reply.
Being a horder (and hating to admit it) I decided to hang onto my mormon literature dating as far back as the early 1970's.
Who knows....maybe one day I will be able to recoup tithing monies paid just selling one of these when times get really tough! Good luck with your collection....
Just wanted to confirm that you are talking about the University of Nevada, Las Vegas?
I like the idea of this, but I have some concern that these resources would be at risk there, i.e. Rabid Mormons checking out books and never bringing them back, or defacing them. How public will the access be?
IMO, the most important reasons for collecting the old books, lesson manuals, etc. is to prove to the younger generations what the church actually taught that has been deleted or repressed from current publications. Would this collection collect lesson manuals, old Church News, etc., as well as scholarly works?
I posted the Owen Sound Advertiser item on Mormon immigrants from 1889 if anyone is interested. There is a reference to it right beside this post at the moment. The photocopy of the newspaper is hard to read but fortunately I transcribed it before it got too bad, so posted that too.
Another little gem.
I have almost cried when reading about people throwing out or burning old Mormon books and patriarchal blessings etc.
I WANT THEM!
How can we be certain that this guy will catalog and keep the books safe and for available for public information and not just get rid of them?
I haven't thrown away anything for the reasons you note. Having been to the temple and done the whole throat slitting thing and not being believed by the young people of the church, I realize the necessity of hanging on to literature that tells of the murky waters of the past. I have no proof to offer to those who don't want to believe about the temple rituals; all we have is the words of ex-mormons; the enemies of the church.
Here is a link to him: http://www.library.unlv.edu/about/staff/libstafinfo.php?style=other...
And here is a link to the special collections page: http://www.library.unlv.edu/speccol/index.html
Here is what they have so far: http://www.library.unlv.edu/speccol/databases/index.php?search_quer...
I will keep this site updated on the progress of the collection. If it is of interest to you I look forward to hearing from you. If not, well, there is always the garbage can. :-)
An interesting little bit of info courtesy of google:
A 1833 Book of Commandments is believed to be the rarest of LDS books. One was sold for $500,000 some time ago in Utah and another sold through an auction house for $350,000.
The 1835 hymnal is the second-most valuable LDS book, followed by the 1835 Doctrine and Covenants and an 1855 Hawaiian Book of Mormon.
@chipmonkswithchainsaws - fascinating!
Now I'm off to google Deseret Alphabet - you see here far, far, down South we weren't taught THAT much LOL...
The mind boggles to think what could "change" here if only.... 'nuf said! :-p
Chip; many years ago I lived in Ontario in a tiny town called Massey. The library was old and being torn down or renovated. My friend found a piece of newspaper blocking a drafty spot in the attic. For interest's sake he spread it out to take a look and it was from a Toronto paper from the late 1800's and talked about the Mormons that were arriving from Europe, 'half starved deluded creatures'. Stupid me, not knowing yet how the church likes to conceal 'bad history' thought, Oh I bet the historical department of the church would like this, so I sent it to them. Didn't hear a word back from them; no thank you or anything. Fortunately I had photocopied it first. I wonder if I could scan it and put it on this site. I'm going to try to do that - can I Micah? I wish I had the real newspaper version but I kissed that goodbye long ago.
What about old patriarchal blessings? They would be awesome to read on here. Expose the truth.