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Minutes of the School of the Prophets held in Provo, UT : 1868-1871

Minutes of the School of the Prophets held in Provo, UT : 1868-1871

Dates: 1868-1869

Contains minutes of the weekly meetings of the Provo, Utah School of the Prophets, from April 15, 1868 to June 18, 1869. The minutes record the concerns and perspectives of leading citizens and Church leaders of the local community on a variety of topics, including agriculture, the Cooperative Movement, the Council of Fifty, local elections, Indians, land rights and homesteading, Mormon merchants, the railroad contract, stock raising, and the Word of Wisdom.

  • Extent: 1 folder (0.1 linear ft.)
  • Creator: School of the Prophets (Provo, Utah)
  • Call Number: MSS 7989
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84606; http://sc.lib.byu.edu/
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
Languages and Scripts
Minutes are in English.
Location of Originals
Original minutes are held by the Church History Library of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Alternative Format
Another typescript of the minutes is housed in the Utah State Historical Society Library in Salt Lake City, Utah (MSS A 1010).
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Minutes of the School of the Prophets held in Provo, Utah must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Extent: 201 pages.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS 7989; Minutes of the School of the Prophets Held in Provo, Utah; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Final citations: MSS 7989, LTPSC.
Custodial History
The typescript was purchased from Ken Sanders Rare Books in Salt Lake City, Utah in 2011.
Acquisition Information
Purchased; Ken Sanders Rare Books; October 2011.
Subject Terms
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Agriculture--Utah--Provo; Business enterprises--Utah--Provo; Church Government; Mormonism (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints); Religion; Mormon Church; Mormons--Utah--Provo; Provo (Utah)
Genre / Form
Corporate minutes
Processing Information
Processed; David Whittaker, Curator, and Amanda Crandall, Manuscripts Specialist; 2011-2012.
Appraisal Information
Development of Mormonism (19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy).
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Finding Aid Title
Minutes of the School of the Prophets Held in Provo, UT : 1868-1871
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Amanda C. Crandall, Manuscripts Specialist David Whittaker, Curator, 19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2012-04-24T15:05-0600
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Administrative History

The School of the Prophets in Provo, Utah was established in April 1868. The organization provided theological instruction, and served as a venue for discussing community concerns.

In 1833-1835 Joseph Smith organized several schools, the best known of which is the School of the Prophets. It was to be a school for men preparing to serve missions for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and while its course of study could be wide-ranging, it was mainly a language and theological school.

In 1868, with the transcontinental railroad approaching Utah (which would supply cheap produced goods in the East to the local population), Brigham Young moved to soften if not halt this economic threat to Mormon self-sufficiency by organizing a number of Schools of the Prophets in various Mormon communities. To be composed of local church leaders and other community leaders, these schools would meet weekly to coordinate the Church's response to the perceived threat to Mormon economic survival. Various programs emerged in the Church, including the Zion's Cooperative Mercantile Institution (ZCMI) cooperative movement, with its emphasis on home manufacturing and local control of various planned industries, the reorganization of the Female Relief Societies, and the retrenchment of the Mormon community into more self-contained programs. The Schools discussed matters both temporal and spiritual.

The Provo School of the Prophets was organized by Brigham Young on April 15, 1868. Abraham O. Smoot was appointed president, with Aaron Johnson as vice-president, Alexander F. MacDonald as secretary, and L. John Nuttall as assistant secretary.

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