Joseph Smith Papers Roundtable: Financial Networks: Untapped Scholarly Sources and a New Joseph Smith Papers Series

On Friday, September 18, , the Joseph Smith Papers Project held the fourth annual Joseph Smith Papers Conference. Due to the ongoing global pandemic, the event was held online.

Presentations explore aspects of Joseph Smith’s interrelated worldviews, including race, politics, finance, and theology. Papers engage with themes found in volumes 10 and 11 of the Documents series of The Joseph Smith Papers.

Elizabeth A. Kuehn, Joseph Smith Papers

“Was Joseph Smith Bad at Business?: Evaluating and Contextualizing Joseph Smith’s Business Practices and Networks of Debt”

received her BA in history from Arizona State University and her MA in history from Purdue University. She became a PhD candidate in history at the University of California, Irvine, in 2011. Since 2013, she has worked as a documentary editor and historian for the Joseph Smith Papers. She is a coeditor of several volumes of the Joseph Smith Papers, including Documents, Volumes 5, 6, and 10. She is also the lead editor of the new Financial Records online series for the Joseph Smith Papers.

Sharalyn D. Howcroft, Joseph Smith Papers

“The Daybooks: Just Financial Transactions?”


is project archivist for the Joseph Smith Papers. She has been a member of the Academy of Certified Archivists (ACA) since 2015 and serves on the ACA Exam Development Committee (2019–21). She is coeditor of Foundational Texts of Mormonism: Examining Major Early Sources (Oxford, 2018)

Jeffrey D. Mahas, Joseph Smith Papers

“‘Submit Patiently to Their Economy’: Labor Disputes and the Building of the Nauvoo Temple”

Jeffrey Mahas is a historian with the Joseph Smith Papers. His work appears in the Documents, Administrative Records, Legal, and Financial Records series of the project. He received his MA from the University of Utah in history.

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