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Joseph Smith portraits : a search for the prophet's likeness

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Joseph Smith portraits : a search for the prophet's likeness

Dates: approximately 1975-1997

Items include research notes and materials regarding the many different representations of Joseph Smith (1805-1844). Contains copies of these likenesses, and also contains information on the different artists who have created them, particularly Sutcliffe Maudsley. A large portion of the material deals with the death mask of Joseph Smith, and its comparison to his portraits. Also includes information on physical traits of members of Joseph Smith's family, with photographs of them. There are replicas of the death masks of Joseph & Hyrum Smith, several oversized photographs, drafts of & publication information for the book, "Joseph Smith Portraits: A Search for the Prophet's Likeness," and computer disks that also contain research material & drafts. Finally, there is a manuscript item that compiles information on various LDS topics, most specifically marriage.

  • Extent: 4 cartons (4 linear ft.). -- 1 oversize box (1.66 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Hatch, Ephraim
  • Call Number: MSS 2072
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602; http://sc.lib.byu.edu/
  • Access Restrictions: This collection is generally open without restriction for both reference use and for limited publication (quoting, paraphrasing, etc.). Select materials, which have either copyright or contractual agreement restrictions, may not be reproduced in whole for publication or distribution without the expressed permission of the holders of that property. These materials, which include many illustrations, have been clearly marked with the intellectual property owner's information.
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Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Joseph Smith Portraits: A Search for the Prophet's Likeness must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Preferred Citation
Initial Citation: MSS 2072; Joseph Smith portraits : a search for the prophet's likeness; 19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following Citations: MSS 2072, LTPSC.
Other Finding Aids
File-level inventory available online. http://files.lib.byu.edu/ead/XML/MSS2072.xml
Subject Terms
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Maudsley, Sutcliffe, 1809-1881; Smith, Hyrum, 1800-1844; Smith, Joseph, Jr., 1805-1844; Religion
Genre / Form
Electronic records; Letters; Photographs
Processing Information
Processed; curator of 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts.
Appraisal Information
19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.
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Finding Aid Title
Joseph Smith portraits : a search for the prophet's likeness
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Processed by the curator of 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts.
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013-09-13T10:09-0600
Finding Aid Language
Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008

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Curator - 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts