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Series I: James Jesse Strang and Church of Jesus Christ (Strangites) Collection, 1832–1869

Call Number: WA MSS 447, Series I

Scope and Contents

This series consists of material, 1832-1869, that documents the life of religious leader, politician and self-proclaimed monarch James Jesse Strang and the development of the Church of Jesus Christ (Strangites). Material related to the early life of Strang include a fragmentary diary and miscellany. Remaining material covers the period after Strang joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in February 1844 as well as his founding later that year of what became known as the Church of Jesus Christ (Strangites) and through his death in 1856. It includes substantial examples of his incoming correspondence and drafts of his outgoing correspondence as well as church documents including branch and conference reports. The incoming correspondence includes the "letter of appointment," June 18, 1844, attributed to Joseph Smith, founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which Strang and his followers believed designated him as the successor to Smith.


  • 1832–1869

Language of Materials

From the Collection: In English.

Conditions Governing Access

From the Collection: This collection is open for research.

James J. Strang's "Letter of Appointment": Restricted material. A reference surrogate has been substituted inBox 1, folder 4. For further information consult the appropriate curator.

Conditions Governing Access

From the Collection: The James Jesse Strang Collection is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of William Roberston Coe, 1951.


Series I is organized into six subseries: Basic Early Documents; Personal Papers; Church Archives; General Correspondence; Dale L. Morgan, The Strang Manuscripts; and Additions.

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