Research Consultation

    The Church History Library employs professional librarians, archivists, and historians to help you navigate the complexities of our collections and Church history topics. These research consultants assist with identifying appropriate collections for research, acquiring copyright and other publishing permissions, and obtaining access to restricted collections.

    Our consultants have assisted scholars with the publication of scholarly articles, books, websites, and countless presentations. Likewise, they’ve guided ward historians and enthusiasts in compiling local histories and helped family historians uncover ancestors’ stories in the records of the Church. You can reach our consultants through the library’s online Ask Us service. Tell us about your research, and we’ll pair you up with the consultant who is right for you.

    Meet Our Consultants 

    Jen Barkdull
    Jen has degrees in history and public history. She is a certified archivist. Her research interests include women’s history and the history of the Church’s women’s organizations.

    Jay Burrup
    Jay has degrees in history and library science and is a certified archivist. Jay brings expertise in early Church history and family history to the team.

    Ryan Combs
    Ryan has degrees in ancient Near East studies and library science. He leads the content management of our Missionary Database.

    Emily Crumpton
    Emily has degrees in history and is working on a degree in library science. She leads the content management of our Pioneer Database. Her research interests include 19th-century media, mortality, and gender.

    James MacDonald
    James has degrees in history and library science and leads the consultation team at the Church History Library. His research interests include the lives of latter-day prophets and early Church history.

    Jeff Thompson
    Jeff has degrees in law and library science. Jeff brings expertise in our photo collections, early Salt Lake City, and Church music to the team.

    Ben Whisenant
    Ben has degrees in law and journalism and is focused on intellectual property and copyright concerns in the archives. Ben has German language skills and research interests in the Church in Eastern Europe.