The Joseph Smith Papers: Job Notice!!

By April 12, 2010

From Mark Ashurst-McGee:

Historian/Documentary Editor, Joseph Smith Papers Website-1000209


The Joseph Smith Papers is engaged in producing a comprehensive electronic edition of Joseph Smith documents featuring complete and accurate transcripts with both textual and contextual annotation for publication at the website.  (Publication in letterpress form of selected document series will complement the website.)  The scope of the project includes Joseph Smith’s original correspondence, revelations, journals, historical writings, sermons, legal papers, and other documents.  Besides providing the most comprehensive record of early Latter-day Saint history they will also provide insight into the broader religious landscape of the early American republic.  The Joseph Smith Papers Project is ready to hire a historian/documentary editor with the appropriate academic training, research and writings skills, and technological acumen to edit Joseph Smith’s papers.


MA in history, religious studies, or related discipline.  Demonstration of an understanding of Latter-day Saint history and the life of Joseph Smith, as well as antebellum American secular and religious history and major social and political themes of the time.  Evidence of excellent writings skills, production editing skills,  typing proficiency and facility with current technical tools for data management and production is required.  As the highest professional standards of documentary editing are expected of the position, including a rigorous production schedule, the applicant must exhibit the ability to work in an academic environment that requires personal initiative and collaborative competence in all aspects of the project.  Professional and personal integrity required to maintain the trust and confidence of professional colleagues, department supervisors, and archivists working in other public and private repositories.  Member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and worthy to hold a temple recommend.

The job posting can be found through this website:

The job number is 1000209.

The job will be open for applications until April 21.

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  1. For those wondering, this is a different position than the one advertised a few months ago.

    Comment by David G. — April 12, 2010 @ 11:36 am

  2. Thanks for that clarification, David. Significantly, this is open to holders of an MA degree, unlike the last position which was only open to PhDs (IIRC), which should widen the applicant pool.

    Comment by Jared T — April 12, 2010 @ 11:54 am

  3. Well, I am glad that the church is doing it’s part to keep historians from starving.

    Comment by Chris Henrichsen — April 12, 2010 @ 7:54 pm

  4. This position will also be focussed on a new and improved JSP website, where we hope to begin adding major content (Smith documents).

    Comment by Mark Ashurst-McGee — April 13, 2010 @ 9:08 am

  5. A friend who is a library-systems guy just got hired by the project, he’s charged in part with this business of getting content up on the web. Finally! I’m sure this will be done right and I’m looking forward to it.

    Comment by WVS — April 13, 2010 @ 1:14 pm

  6. When are they going to start hiring non-members for this project? I want to play, too!

    Comment by Chris Smith — April 17, 2010 @ 3:29 pm

  7. Hey, Chris, I’d be happy to baptize you. Just say the word…

    Comment by Kevin Barney — April 17, 2010 @ 4:44 pm

  8. lol, Kevin. I had a friend who told me he’d baptize me yet… dead or alive!

    Comment by Chris Smith — April 17, 2010 @ 10:34 pm

  9. Chris, your snarky attacks are getting tiresome. Don’t pretend to be all friendly with me when you see me at Claremont this week.

    Comment by Loyd — April 19, 2010 @ 11:28 am


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