Mormons and Mormonism
The Western Americana collections are extraordinarily strong in books relating to the Mormon sects and Mormonism. Princeton's Mormon collection, especially for the Utah territorial period, is probably the most comprehensive outside Utah. Over 500 subject headings cover more than 3,000 books, chiefly in the Western Americana collections, but also in the General Rare Books Collection (Ex). Highlights include first editions of the Book of Mormon (1830) and Doctrine and Covenants (1835). Notable holdings in the Manuscripts Division include three letters by Brigham Young, one to his fourth wife, Harriet Cook Young, about his trip out West (1846) and a letter (1862) to him authorized by Lincoln from Adjutant General L. Thomas, calling on Young to raise a cavalry company of Utah militia to protect the property of the Telegraph and Overland Mail Company.
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