Kirtland Council minute book

Kirtland Council minute book

Dates: 1832-1837

Typed copy of the minutes of the Kirtland Council of the Mormon Church between 1832 and 1837. The materials were recorded while the Mormon Church had its headquarters in Kirtland, Ohio. The volume includes records of activities, ordinations, blessings, and one letter from Newell Kimball Whitney. The clerks who recorded the minutes were William W. Phelps, Orson Hyde, Oliver Cowdery, and George W. Robinson. Joseph Smith, first president of the Mormon Church, presided at the meetings. The item was typed from the original by Lyndon W. Cook.

  • Extent: 1 folder (0.1 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. High Council (Kirtland, Ohio : 1834)
  • Call Number: MSS SC 2920
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602;
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
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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 Kirtland Council minute book must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS SC 2920; Kirtland Council minute book; 19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS SC 2920, LTPSC.
Custodial History
The original minute book is found in the LDS Church Archives in Salt Lake City, Utah. The typescript was donated by Lyndon Cook to Brigham Young University.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Lyndon Cook.
Separated Material
This item was originally cataloged with MSS 1699, but was later separated and cataloged separately.
Subject Terms
Mormons--Ohio--Kirtland--History; Mormon Church--Doctrines; Mormon Church--Ohio--Kirtland--History; Church Government; Mormonism (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints); Religion; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. High Council (Kirtland, Ohio : 1834); Smith, Joseph, Jr., 1805-1844; Hyde, Orson, 1805-1878; Phelps, William Wines, 1792-1872; Robinson, George W., 1814-1878; Cowdery, Oliver; Whitney, Newel Kimball, 1795-1850
Genre / Form
Corporate minutes
Processing Information
Record updated for DACS compliance; Ryan K. Lee; 2017.
Appraisal Information
LDS cultural, social, and religious history (19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts collection development policy IV.a.i.1, November 2013).
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Finding Aid Title
Kirtland Council minute book
Finding Aid Author
Benjamin Sipes
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2017-02-03 10:47:16 -0700.
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Biographical Info:

Biographical note

The Kirtland High Council was the chief judicial and legislative body of the Mormon Church, led by the Joseph Smith, from 1834 to 1838.

On February 17, 1834, Joseph Smith, the founder of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church), created the church's first high council at church headquarters in Kirtland, Ohio. This body consisted of twelve men and was under the direction of the First Presidency. This high council took on the role of chief judicial and legislative body of the church, except in areas where the church was not organized, and handled such things as excommunication trials and approval of all church spending. When church headquarters moved to Jackson County, Missouri, the newly formed Missouri high council took on a presiding role as the high council of Zion, and the Kirtland high council became subordinate. The president of this high council was the Joseph Smith.

The original members of the standing high council in Kirtland were: Joseph Smith, Sr., John Smith, Joseph Coe, John Johnson, Martin Harris, John S. Carter, Jared Carter, Oliver Cowdery, Samuel H. Smith, Orson Hyde, Sylvester Smith, and Luke S. Johnson.

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