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Welcome to the website of the Mormon History Association. Since 1965 we have provided an independent forum for the presentation and distribution of Mormon history prepared for those interested in all aspects of the genre. Through annual conferences and our quarterly periodical, the Journal of Mormon History (published since 1974), we serve over one thousand MHA members by disseminating the most recent scholarship and information about Mormon history. Membership is open to all who are interested in joining the organization.

Please consider joining with us in the study and celebration of Mormon history.

Calling All Editors and Historians

The Institute for the Editing of Historical Documents Welcomes Applications for 2015

The Association for Documentary Editing (ADE) welcomes applications for the 44th Institute for the Editing of Historical Documents, to be held 13–17 June 2015 at the University of Nebraska—Lincoln.

The Institute for the Editing of Historical Documents is an annual five-day workshop for individuals new to the field of historical documentary editing. With the needs of the participants as a guide, experienced documentary editors provide instruction in the principles and practices of documentary editing and insight into the realities of work on a documentary edition.

Documentary editing is the craft of preparing historical writings or literary works for publication in print or online. The goal is to produce an authoritative edition of the material, with an accurate transcription of the original manuscript and an editorial framework that facilitates understanding of the text and context.

Participants in the Editing Institute might be joining the staff of an existing documentary editing project or launching their own. Since its inception in 1972, the Editing Institute has trained more than 500 individuals. These include not only full-time documentary editors but also college and university faculty and graduate students, archivists and librarians, government historians, public historians, and independent scholars.

The 44th Editing Institute will take place in conjunction with the 2015 Joint Conference of the ADE and the Society for Textual Scholarship (STS), which will be held immediately following the Editing Institute, 17–20 June, also at the University of Nebraska—Lincoln.

The Editing Institute charges no tuition, and travel stipends will be provided to eligible participants living outside the Lincoln area. Admission, however, is competitive. The deadline for applications is 1 March.

For an application or more information, please e-mail Bob Karachuk, ADE Education Director,

Tanner Lecture now Smith-Pettit Lecture

An institutional icon at the annual MHA conference has been the Tanner Lecture. Dozens of outstanding lectures have been delivered through the years to MHA conference attendees through the generosity of the O.C. Tanner family.

The Tanner Lecture was endowed in 1980 to invite a scholar who has not previously worked in Mormon studies and who is not a member of the traditional Mormon community to prepare and present a paper at MHA’s annual conference.  The purpose of the lectureship is to elicit perspectives on Mormon history that place it within the broader context of American thought, American history, or the history of religion, thereby enlarging the understanding of researchers in Mormon studies.

The money initially given by the Tanner family to fund the lectureship has been exhausted for a number of years. The MHA Board approved at the quarterly Board meeting held on June 4, 2014, a change to the name of the lecture beginning at MHA's 50th Anniversary conference to be held in Provo, Utah, in 2015. The lecture will hereafter be called the Smith-Pettit Lecture. The continuation of this important feature of MHA's annual conference and interest in furthering understanding of Mormon history is made available through the generous sponsorship of the Smith-Pettit Foundation, headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Membership Questions?

Having trouble renewing your MHA membership online?

You may have an account without a configured password. Visit the member login screen and click on "Forgot Password" to get started. An email with a secure link will be sent to you that will take you to an account configuration screen. Once configured, you'll be able to access the renewal form from the Billing area of your account portal.

Also remember, institutional memberships are renewed through our office and currently cannot be renewed online. Please contact the business manager by email to process an institutional membership or renewal.

Founding and early history of MHA

Read Leonard J. Arrington's rehearsal of the circumstances surrounding the founding of MHA (from his book Adventures of a Church Historian).