Wilford Woodruff

A painting of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint prophet and president Wilford Woodruff.

More than 7,000 pages of Wilford Woodruff’s journals are now in the online catalog of the Church History Library of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, according to a news release.

Woodruff, the fourth president of the church, from 1889 to 1898, is arguably “one of the most important journal keepers in church history, especially among those that kept a journal in the 19th century,” according to archivist Brandon Metcalf, who along with archivist Jay Burton led the effort to review and digitize the journals.

“While transcriptions of the journal have been published previously, this is the first-time patrons will be able to explore the primary source and see Woodruff’s own handwriting, along with his drawings and embellishments,” the release states.

The release states that the journals “are foundational for understanding church history, providing rich details, context, and corroboration for significant early church events,” and that the journals include some of church founder Joseph Smith’s sermons.

“The Church History Library is home to the Church’s most important historical records,” said Keith Erekson, director of the library. “We keep records of the past to assist in carrying out the Lord’s work in the present and future. We are also pleased when we can share important records with the public through our online catalog.”

Contact Standard-Examiner copy editor/reporter Ryan Comer at rcomer@standard.net.

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