Church History


The library remains closed to the public. The reading room is accessible by appointment. To schedule, click Ask Us.

Finding Letters and Photographs in the Church History Catalog

Learn about significant improvements in the metadata in the Church History Catalog and how it will help you find letters, photos, and other collections more easily.

Resources for Tough Questions about Church History

Helpful resources and strategies for responding to difficult Church history questions.

Group Presentations

Schedule a presentation that shares insights on gospel topics from a historical perspective.

Get Started with Research Guides

Research assistance, subject guides, and useful resources compiled by your friendly librarians. Know what we know—find it in our research guides!

Featured Collection: Historic Mission and Missionary Photograph Collections

Find links to photograph collections from a variety of historic Church missions.

Library Blog

Learn about the library’s collections and historical resources.

Church History Library Blog Series

We’ve brought together several popular series of related posts from The Historical Record, the Church History Library’s blog, in one convenient location.

Find Your Family in Church History

The library holds millions of original, authoritative records that will help bring your family’s story to life. 

Pioneer Database

This database is a compilation of names of individuals and families obtained from reliable sources of individuals who immigrated to Utah in 300 wagon and handcart companies between 1847 and 1868.

Missionary Database

Discover a wealth of information about nearly 40,000 missionaries who served from 1830 to 1930.

Foundations of Faith Exhibit

Treasures from the Church's Historical Collections

This new exhibit, available online and at the Church History Library, tells the story of the restoration of the Church of Jesus Christ through some of its most treasured documents.

Library Video Gallery

View a collection of videos produced by the Church History Library about our mission and the priceless materials we collect, preserve, and share.

Gifts and Donations

We acquire materials from around the world containing information about what it means to be a Latter-day Saint.

Patron Registration

Patrons who use the library’s reading room and digital assets are required to complete a registration process.

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