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Mormon farmer and his family. Cache County, Utah
Mormons are a religious and cultural group related to Mormonism, the principal branch of the Latter Day Saint movement of Restorationist Christianity, which began with Joseph Smith in upstate New York during the 1820s. After Smith's death in 1844, the Mormons followed Brigham Young to what would become the Utah Territory.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints originated in Upstate New York, where Joseph Smith, founder of the Latter Day Saint movement, was raised. Joseph Smith gained the first following in the late 1820s as he was dictating the Book of Mormon, which he said was a translation of words found on a set of "golden plates" that had been buried near his home by an indigenous American prophet. The church rapidly gained a following, who viewed Smith as their prophet. As church leader, Smith instituted the then-secret practice of plural marriage and taught a form of Millennialism which he called "theodemocracy", to be led by a Council of Fifty which, allegedly, had secretly and symbolically anointed him as king of this Millennial theodemocracy. In late 1830, Smith envisioned a "city of Zion", a Utopian city in Native American lands near Independence, Missouri. After Smith and other Mormons emigrated to Missouri in 1838, hostilities escalated into the 1838 Mormon War, culminating in adherents being expelled from the state under an Extermination Order signed by the governor of Missouri.

After Missouri, Smith built the city of Nauvoo, Illinois. Soon, The Nauvoo Expositor, a newspaper edited by dissident Mormon William Law, issued a scathing criticism of polygamy and Nauvoo theocratic government. Smith and the Nauvoo city council voted to shut down the paper as a public nuisance. Relations between Mormons and residents of surrounding communities had been strained, and some of them instituted criminal charges against Smith for treason. Smith surrendered to police in the nearby Carthage, Illinois, and while in state custody, he and his brother Hyrum Smith were killed by an angry mob attacking the jail on June 27, 1844.

After his death, the majority of church members voted to accept the Quorum of the Twelve, led by Brigham Young, as the church's leading body. Under the leadership of Brigham Young, Church leaders planned to leave Nauvoo, Illinois in April 1846, but amid threats from the state militia, they were forced to cross the Mississippi River in the cold of February and forged a path to Salt Lake City known as the Mormon Trail. One of the reasons the Saints had chosen the Great Basin as a settling place was that the area was at the time outside the territorial borders of the United States, which Young had blamed for failing to protect Mormons from political opposition from the states of Missouri and Illinois.

They left the boundaries of the United States to what is now Utah where they founded Salt Lake City. The groups that left Illinois for Utah became known as the Mormon pioneers. The arrival of the original Mormon Pioneers in the Salt Lake Valley on July 24, 1847 is commemorated by the Utah State holiday Pioneer Day.

In the 1848 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, Mexico ceded the Utah area to the United States. As a result, Brigham Young sent emissaries to Washington, D.C. with a proposal to create a vast State of Deseret, of which Young would naturally be the first governor. Instead, Congress created the much smaller Utah Territory in 1850, and Young was appointed a governor in 1851.

By 1857, tensions had again escalated between Mormons and other Americans, largely as a result of church teachings on polygamy and theocracy. In 1857-1858, the church was involved in an armed conflict with the U.S. government, entitled the Utah War. The war resulted in the relatively peaceful invasion of Utah by the United States Army, after which Young agreed to step down from power and be replaced by a non-Mormon territorial governor. Nevertheless, the church still wielded significant political power in the Utah Territory. Mormons continued the practice of polygamy despite opposition by the United States Congress.

In 1862, 1874 and 1887 the U.S. Congress enacted acts which made bigamy a felony in the U.S. territories. By 1890, many church leaders had gone into hiding to avoid prosecution, and half the Utah prison population was composed of polygamists. Church leadership officially ended the practice in 1890 and stopped performing polygamous marriages in 1904. During the 20th century, the church became an international organization and strong public champion of monogamy and family values.
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Tarring and feathering Joseph Smith

Tarring and feathering Joseph Smith

Illus. in: Harper's Magazine, 1853, vol. 6. This record contains unverified, old data from caption card. Caption card tracings: Mormons; Mob violence; Punishment; B.I.

Hot Springs from "Utah and the Mormons ... From personal observations during a six months' residence at Great Salt Lake City"

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Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints from "Utah and the Mormons ... From personal observations during a six months' residence at Great Salt Lake City"

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Richardson Cox from "Utah and the Mormons ... From personal observations during a six months' residence at Great Salt Lake City"

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Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints from "Utah and the Mormons ... From personal observations during a six months' residence at Great Salt Lake City"

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Temple block, with tabernacle, Salt Lake City

Temple block, with tabernacle, Salt Lake City

Illus. in: Harper's Weekly, 1857 July 11. This record contains unverified, old data from caption card.

map from "Voyage au pays des Mormons; relation-géographie-histoire naturelle-histoire-théologie-mœurs et coutumes ... Ouvrage orné de 10 gravures sur acier et d'une carte"

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map from "A Journey to the Great-Salt-Lake City, by J. Remy and J. Brenchley; with a sketch of the history, religion, and customs of the Mormons, and an introduction, on the religious movement in the United States"

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Portrait from "A Journey to the Great-Salt-Lake City, by J. Remy and J. Brenchley; with a sketch of the history, religion, and customs of the Mormons, and an introduction, on the religious movement in the United States"

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Brigham Young's investment in the 7.30 interest-bearing bonds

Brigham Young's investment in the 7.30 interest-bearing bonds

Caricature of Mormon polygamy showing Young surrounded by 7 adoring wives. Illus. in: Frank Leslie's Budget of Fun. Sept. 1865 p. 4. This record contains unverified, old data from caption card. Caption card tra... more

map from "Across the Continent: a summer's journey to the Rocky Mountains, the Mormons, and the Pacific States, with Speaker Colfax. [With a map.]"

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Camp of the Mormons at Lake Tahoe

Camp of the Mormons at Lake Tahoe

The Library holds only one photo from a pair published as a stereographic view. Gems of California scenery, no. 666. LOT subdivision subject: Mormon Emigrants en Route to the Hawaiian Islands. This record conta... more

Scalped on the plains incidents in Mormon history.

Scalped on the plains incidents in Mormon history.

Photograph shows two men, one wearing military uniform and holding reins of horse, kneeling next to a dead man's body. On card: Ralph Morrison, a hunter, photographed within an hour of being killed and scalped ... more

Great Mormon Tabernacle - Salt Lake City

Great Mormon Tabernacle - Salt Lake City

Photograph shows bird's-eye view of the Mormon Tabernacle in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Mormon from "Greater Britain: a record of travel in English-speaking countries during 1866 and 1867 ... With maps and illustrations. [With plates.]"

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map from "Our New West. Records of travel between the Mississippi River and the Pacific Ocean ... Including a full description of the Pacific Ocean ... Including a full description of the Pacific Railroad; and of the life of the Mormons, Indians, and Chinese. With map, portraits and twelve ... illustrations"

map from "Our New West. Records of travel between the Mississippi Rive...

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J. W. Orr from "Life in Utah; or, the Mysteries and crimes of Mormonism. Being an exposé of the secret rites and ceremonies of the latter-day Saints, etc"

J. W. Orr from "Life in Utah; or, the Mysteries and crimes of Mormonis...

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Mormons from "Life in Utah; or, the Mysteries and crimes of Mormonism. Being an exposé of the secret rites and ceremonies of the latter-day Saints, etc"

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Hot springs from "Life in Utah; or, the Mysteries and crimes of Mormonism. Being an exposé of the secret rites and ceremonies of the latter-day Saints, etc"

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Massacres from "Life in Utah; or, the Mysteries and crimes of Mormonism. Being an exposé of the secret rites and ceremonies of the latter-day Saints, etc"

Massacres from "Life in Utah; or, the Mysteries and crimes of Mormonis...

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Armies from "Life in Utah; or, the Mysteries and crimes of Mormonism. Being an exposé of the secret rites and ceremonies of the latter-day Saints, etc"

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Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints from "Life in Utah; or, the Mysteries and crimes of Mormonism. Being an exposé of the secret rites and ceremonies of the latter-day Saints, etc"

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints from "Life in Utah; or, th...

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Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints from "Life in Utah; or, the Mysteries and crimes of Mormonism. Being an exposé of the secret rites and ceremonies of the latter-day Saints, etc"

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints from "Life in Utah; or, th...

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Mormons from "Life in Utah; or, the Mysteries and crimes of Mormonism. Being an exposé of the secret rites and ceremonies of the latter-day Saints, etc"

Mormons from "Life in Utah; or, the Mysteries and crimes of Mormonism....

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Mormons from "Life in Utah; or, the Mysteries and crimes of Mormonism. Being an exposé of the secret rites and ceremonies of the latter-day Saints, etc"

Mormons from "Life in Utah; or, the Mysteries and crimes of Mormonism....

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Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints from "Life in Utah; or, the Mysteries and crimes of Mormonism. Being an exposé of the secret rites and ceremonies of the latter-day Saints, etc"

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints from "Life in Utah; or, th...

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Deseret gold coinage, 1849-1860 - $2 1/2, $5, $10, and $20

Deseret gold coinage, 1849-1860 - $2 1/2, $5, $10, and $20

Obverse and reverse sides of money for the provisional state of Deseret, proposed by the Mormon settlers in Salt Lake City. Engraving by Charles B. Hall, N.Y. This record contains unverified, old data from capt... more

Lightening from "Life in Utah; or, the Mysteries and crimes of Mormonism. Being an exposé of the secret rites and ceremonies of the latter-day Saints, etc"

Lightening from "Life in Utah; or, the Mysteries and crimes of Mormoni...

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Humboldt Canyon from "Life in Utah; or, the Mysteries and crimes of Mormonism. Being an exposé of the secret rites and ceremonies of the latter-day Saints, etc"

Humboldt Canyon from "Life in Utah; or, the Mysteries and crimes of Mo...

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Mormons from "Life in Utah; or, the Mysteries and crimes of Mormonism. Being an exposé of the secret rites and ceremonies of the latter-day Saints, etc"

Mormons from "Life in Utah; or, the Mysteries and crimes of Mormonism....

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Brigham Young Preaching in the Wilderness from "Life in Utah; or, the Mysteries and crimes of Mormonism. Being an exposé of the secret rites and ceremonies of the latter-day Saints, etc"

Brigham Young Preaching in the Wilderness from "Life in Utah; or, the ...

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Mormons from "Life in Utah; or, the Mysteries and crimes of Mormonism. Being an exposé of the secret rites and ceremonies of the latter-day Saints, etc"

Mormons from "Life in Utah; or, the Mysteries and crimes of Mormonism....

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Massacre of the Morrisites from "Life in Utah; or, the Mysteries and crimes of Mormonism. Being an exposé of the secret rites and ceremonies of the latter-day Saints, etc"

Massacre of the Morrisites from "Life in Utah; or, the Mysteries and c...

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Mormons from "Life in Utah; or, the Mysteries and crimes of Mormonism. Being an exposé of the secret rites and ceremonies of the latter-day Saints, etc"

Mormons from "Life in Utah; or, the Mysteries and crimes of Mormonism....

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Mormon Camp at Coucil Bluffs, Iowa from "Life in Utah; or, the Mysteries and crimes of Mormonism. Being an exposé of the secret rites and ceremonies of the latter-day Saints, etc"

Mormon Camp at Coucil Bluffs, Iowa from "Life in Utah; or, the Mysteri...

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Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints from "Life in Utah; or, the Mysteries and crimes of Mormonism. Being an exposé of the secret rites and ceremonies of the latter-day Saints, etc"

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints from "Life in Utah; or, th...

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Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints from "Life in Utah; or, the Mysteries and crimes of Mormonism. Being an exposé of the secret rites and ceremonies of the latter-day Saints, etc"

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints from "Life in Utah; or, th...

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The Mormon problem solved

The Mormon problem solved

Cartoon showing Brigham Young, with large group of wives and children, saying to Ulysses S. Grant, "I must submit to your laws - but what shall I do with all these!" Grant replying, "Do as I do - give them offi... more

How to get a nomination ... take your firends to a primary meeting. You embrace all the "issues", especially Bloomerism and Mormonism

How to get a nomination ... take your firends to a primary meeting. Yo...

Caricature of politician hugging "bloomer girl" and group of Mormon wives. Illus. in: Frank Leslie's Budget of Fun, 1872 Jan., #188, p. 9. This record contains unverified, old data from caption card. Caption ca... more

"A Badly Used Bird"

"A Badly Used Bird"

Brother Jonathan looks at U.S. Eagle wounded by "Mormons, Indians, Credit Noblier, and general dishonesty", saying "nothing but your remarkably strong Constitution has saved you". Illus. in: Wild Oats, v. 5, no... more

Birds-eye view of Salt Lake City, Utah 1875.

Birds-eye view of Salt Lake City, Utah 1875.

Perspective map not drawn to scale. Oriented with north toward the lower left. "From the north, looking south-east." LC Panoramic maps (2nd ed.), 929 Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as a... more

The Elders' happy Home

The Elders' happy Home

Mormon man beside large crib-full of babies.

"When the Spring-time comes, gentle"--Indian! Polygamous barbarian: "Much guns, much ammunition much whiskey, and much kill pale-face."/ / Th. Nast.  Exiles from Russia--their first day in New York / from a sketch by S.F. Yeager

"When the Spring-time comes, gentle"--Indian! Polygamous barbarian: "M...

Top illustration satirizing "reported alliance between the Mormons and Indians". Bottom illustration shows Jewish refugees from Russia with their belongings, in a marine terminal in the United States. Illus. in... more

A baptism of North American Indians - Mormons posing as the apostles of Christianity

A baptism of North American Indians - Mormons posing as the apostles o...

A Mormon baptizing an Indian in front of a group of Indians; photographer with camera in right foreground. Illus. from: Graphic, 1882 Sept. 2, p. 221.

An unsightly object - who will take the axe and hew it down

An unsightly object - who will take the axe and hew it down

Cartoon supporting Pres. Arthur's stand against Mormon polygamy. Illus. in: Judge, v. 1, (1882 Jan. 28), p. 8 and p. 9. Ref. copy may be in SSF(Gr) - CARTOONS ... 1882. This record contains unverified data from... more

Representative women of deseret

Representative women of deseret

Head and shoulders portraits of 20 women leaders of the Mormon Church including Bethseba Smith, Phoebe Woodruff, Zina Huntington Young, Sarah M. Kimball and Emeline B. Wells. Composite of 20 photoprints on lith... more

A desperate attempt to solve the mormon question / J.K.

A desperate attempt to solve the mormon question / J.K.

Illustration shows a four panel cartoon where four Puck cartoonists each take a panel in an effort to solve the issue of Mormonism; clockwise from bottom left, captioned, "I imagine it must be a perfect paradis... more

A desperate attempt to solve the Mormon question / Mayer, Merkel & Ottmann, lith.

A desperate attempt to solve the Mormon question / Mayer, Merkel & Ott...

Composite of four caricatures on Mormonism by Gillam, Keppler, Opper, and Graetz. Illus. in: Puck, 1884, Feb. 13, pp. 376-377.

Inebriety and optics

Inebriety and optics

Caricature showing drunk man, his blurred vision seeing a number of women in his bed, saying "christ-pher C'lumb's! 's fir's time - hic - I knew I's - hic - a Mormon!" Wood engraving by Zim. Illus. in: Puck, 18... more

Mormon from "Eine Weltreise. Plaudereien aus einer zweijährigen Erdumsegelung ... Mit 120 Abbildungen und Plänen, einer Erdkarte und einem Anhang: “Die Igorroten.”"

Mormon from "Eine Weltreise. Plaudereien aus einer zweijährigen Erdum...

This image has been taken from scan 000424 from "Eine Weltreise. Plaudereien aus einer zweijährigen Erdumsegelung ... Mit 120 Abbildungen und Plänen, einer Erdkarte und einem Anhang: “Die Igorroten.”". The ti... more

The Administration sawmill / J. Keppler.

The Administration sawmill / J. Keppler.

Illustration shows President Cleveland standing next to a large "Reform Buzz-Saw" labeled "Pat. 1884 by G. Cleveland" at a sawmill, where three members of his cabinet "Manning, Whitney, [and] Bayard" are millin... more

Salt Lake City, Utah 1891.

Salt Lake City, Utah 1891.

Perspective map not drawn to scale. Bird's-eye-view. LC Panoramic maps (2nd ed.), 930 Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as a raster image. Includes illus. and index to points of interest. AACR2

Salt Lake City, Utah. 1891 / H. Wellge, sk.

Salt Lake City, Utah. 1891 / H. Wellge, sk.

6826 U.S. Copyright Office. This record contains unverified data from PGA shelflist card, with subsequent revisions. Associated name on shelflist card: American.

Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah

Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah

Photograph shows exterior of the Temple at Salt Lake City.

Mormon from "Personal Recollections and Observations of General Nelson A. Miles, embracing a brief view of the civil war ... and the story of his Indian campaigns ... Copiously illustrated ... by F. Remington, etc"

Mormon from "Personal Recollections and Observations of General Nelson...

This image has been taken from scan 000036 from "Personal Recollections and Observations of General Nelson A. Miles, embracing a brief view of the civil war ... and the story of his Indian campaigns ... Copious... more

[Salt Lake] City and County Building, Salt Lake City, Utah

[Salt Lake] City and County Building, Salt Lake City, Utah

Exterior from northwest. Stereo copyrighted by T.W. Ingersoll. Reference copy may be in County Court Houses of the United States microfiche 161 (C10). Dunlop Society Court Houses. This record contains unverifie... more

Pioneers of 1847 at the Utah Pioneer Jubilee, Salt Lake City, Utah, July 24th 1897

Pioneers of 1847 at the Utah Pioneer Jubilee, Salt Lake City, Utah, Ju...

Photo copyrighted by Geo. Ed. Anderson, Springville, Utah. This record contains unverified data from caption card.

Temple Square, Salt Lake City

Temple Square, Salt Lake City

Title from item. Detroit Publishing Co. no. "51101". Forms part of: Photochrom Print Collection. More information about the Photochrom Print Collection is available at http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.pgz

The youthful prophet, Joseph Smith, Jr., and Oliver Cowdery, receiving the Aaronic priesthood under the hands of John the Baptist, May 15,1829

The youthful prophet, Joseph Smith, Jr., and Oliver Cowdery, receiving...

Print shows Joseph Smith, Jr. and Oliver Cowdery kneeling on the ground in the wilderness, with John the Baptist standing between them, baptising them by laying his hands on their heads. Includes "Words of the ... more

Route of the Mormon pioneers from Nauvoo to Great Salt Lake, Feb'y 1846-July 1847.

Route of the Mormon pioneers from Nauvoo to Great Salt Lake, Feb'y 184...

Not drawn to scale. Cover title: Pictorial map showing the route traveled by the Mormon pioneers from Nauvoo to Great Salt Lake. Pictorial map. Shows daily progress along the route. Accompanied by: Guide to the... more

The Tabernacle, Salt Lake City

The Tabernacle, Salt Lake City

Copyright 1900 by Detroit Photographic Co. Title from item. Title on inventory list: The Tabernacle, SLC. Detroit Publishing Co. no. "53574". Forms part of: Photochrom Print Collection. More information about t... more

Public Facilities - Maryland

Public Facilities - Maryland

Photographs Relating to National Forests, Resource Management Practices, Personnel, and Cultural and Economic History

Beside the Temple, Salt Lake City

Beside the Temple, Salt Lake City

Copyright 1900 by Detroit Photographic Co. Title from item. Title on inventory list: Beside the Temple, SLC. Detroit Publishing Co. no. "53577". Forms part of: Photochrom Print Collection. More information abou... more

The real objection to Smoot / Keppler.

The real objection to Smoot / Keppler.

Illustration shows an old man labeled "Mormon Hierarchy", wearing a coat of stitched together fragments of cloth labeled "Polygamy, Mormon Rebellion, Resistance to Federal Authority, Blood Atonement, Murder of ... more

Court House--city and county buildings--height 256 feet, cost $800,000--Salt Lake City, Utah

Court House--city and county buildings--height 256 feet, cost $800,000...

Exterior from southwest. H 42409 U.S. Copyright Office Stereo copyrighted by Underwood & Underwood. Reference copy may be in County Court Houses of the United States microfiche 160 (C11). Dunlop Society Court H... more

Shall Reed Smoot, a Mormon, hold a seat in the United States Senate? President Smith, of the Mormon Church, as the Senate Committee's hearing in the case of Reed Smoot, boldly confessing the practice of polygamy by himself and associates

Shall Reed Smoot, a Mormon, hold a seat in the United States Senate? P...

Joseph Smith being cross-examined by Seantor Hoar.

Out in Salt Lake City / Ehrhart.

Out in Salt Lake City / Ehrhart.

Illustration shows two Mormon elders discussing another Mormon who has been found guilty of bigamy. Title from item. Caption: Elder Heaperholmes He has been tried by the church and found guilty of bigamy. / El... more

Courthouse, Carthage, Illinois, where mob was tried

Courthouse, Carthage, Illinois, where mob was tried

Stereograph showing unidentified man standing in front of courthouse where the killers of Mormon leaders Joseph and Hyrum Smith were tried. Title from item. No. 21. Copyright 1906 by J. B. King.

A Typical Mormon conference, annually in April

A Typical Mormon conference, annually in April

Crowd of people outdoors, with the Mormon Tabernacle in background, Salt Lake City, Utah. Copyright by C.E. Johnson, Salt Lake.

[Mormon Temple Salt Lake City].

[Mormon Temple Salt Lake City].

J137930 U.S. Copyright Office Available also through the Library of Congress web site as a raster image.

Salt Lake City and environs, from Ensign Peak

Salt Lake City and environs, from Ensign Peak

J160808 U.S. Copyright Office Copyright deposit; V. C. Ward; October 2, 1911. On front under title: "This picture covers an area of 500 square miles, including Wasatch Mountains on the left, Garfield Smelters, ... more