Newly Accessible Collections, April 2023

By Jeffrey Tucker, Church History Library
26 April 2023

Explore dozens of recently digitized collections to enable your research wherever you are in the world.

Below, you’ll find a list of materials in the Church History Catalog that are newly accessible. Consider, for example, the Clawson Film Company motion picture collection, circa 1915–1928 (AV 1063), a collection of brief motion pictures made by brothers Shirley and Chester Clawson, younger half-brothers of Elder Rudger Clawson (an Apostle) and grandsons of Brigham Young. Shirl and Chet, as they were known, made some of the first recorded motion pictures of Church leaders, locations, and events. Their work was dangerous: the nitrate-based film used in the early 20th century was explosively flammable. Tragically, the brothers’ studio was destroyed in a massive 1929 fire that killed Shirl and severely burned Chet, who barely survived the conflagration and never made another film. These are the surviving remnants of their work that the Church History Library has managed to find and salvage.

For some of these collections, login may be required to view them online. For more information on how the Church History Library determines access to materials, please see our access policy.

Newly digitized collections (previously open to research)

Local Record Collections

Manuscript Collections

Church Record Collections

Print and Rare Collections

Oral History Collections

Photograph Collections

Audiovisual Collections

Newly opened collections (items are accessible in-person at the Church History Library and may be digitally accessible upon request)

Manuscript Collections