James Jesse Strang collection
Scope and Contents
James Jesse Strang and Church of Jesus Christ (Strangites) Collection, 1832-1869, (Series I) represents the bulk of the material in the collection. It consists of more than 550 items that relate to the early life of Strang as well as his founding of what became known as the Church of Jesus Christ (Strangites) and through his death in 1856. It includes substantial examples of his correspondence as well as church documents. The 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.
Charles Jesse Strang Papers, 1871-1898, (Series II) consists of material collected by Charles Jesse Strang about his father, James Jesse Strang and the Church of Jesus Christ (Strangites).
Milo Milton Quiafe Papers, 1870-1947, (Series III) consists of material, 1870-1947, collected by Quaife for his book, Kingdom of St. James (New Haven, Connecticut: Yale University Press, 1930). Significant portions of the early material in this series were likely initially collected by Charles Jesse Strang, circa 1870-1916, and augmented afterward by the collecting of his brother Clement James Strang.
Visual Resources, 1870-1943, (Series IV) consists of original photographs and prints as well as copy photographs of portraits, documents, and publications related to James Jesse Strang and the development of the Church of Jesus Christ (Strangites).
Language of Materials
Conditions Governing Access
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
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Charles Jesse Strang Papers, Milo Quiafe Papers, and Visual Resources series, gift of Charles Eberstadt, 1956.
6.8 Linear Feet (15 boxes)
James Jesse Strang (1813-1856)
Charles Jesse Strang (1851-1916)
Milo Milton Quaife (1880-1959)
Quaife was an editor of the Wisconsin Magazine of History from its founding in 1917 to 1922, as well as managing editor of Mississippi Valley Historical Review from 1924 to 1930, and editor the Lakeside Classics Series, an imprint of The Lakeside Press, from 1916 to 1959. Quaife also authored more than 100 works including his work about James Jesse Strang, Kingdom of St. James (New Haven, Connecticut: Yale University Press, 1930)
Quaife died in an automobile accident on September 1, 1959.
In 1993, library staff used optical character recognition to transcribe the item-level titles and numerical designations created in 1951 by Dale L. Morgan in his description of “The Strang Manuscripts” for the firm of Edward Eberstadt & Sons.
In 2019, the processing archivist reviewed, corrected, and expanded on this transcription to reflect current archival practice and added descriptions for the Charles Jesse Strang Papers, Milo Milton Quiafe Papers, and Visual Resources. Morgan’s original typescript description accompanies the collection in Box 3.
- Adams, G. J. (George Jones), 1813-1880
- Associated Order of Enoch
- Bennett, John Cook, 1804-1867
- Braidwood, Thomas W., 1818-1906
- Brownson, George
- Chidester, Dennis
- Church of Jesus Christ (Strangites)
- Graham, Samuel, fl. 1848-1851
- Greig, James M.
- Hess, Peter, fl. 1846-1850
- Hickey, Lorenzo Dow, 1817-1897
- Mormons -- Michigan
- Mormons -- Wisconsin
- Order of the Illuminati
- Post, Stephen, fl. 1849-1850
- Quaife, Milo Milton, 1880-1959
- Saint James (Mich.)
- Smith, William, fl. 1846-1847
- Strang, Charles Jesse, 1851-1916
- Strang, Clement James, 1854-1944
- Strang, James Jesse, 1813-1856
- Voree (Wis.)
- Watson, Gilbert
- Watson, Wingfield W., 1828-1922
- Wright, Benjamin G.
- Wright, Mary Jane Nott, 1848-1927
- Guide to the James Jesse Strang Collection
- Under Revision
- by Matthew Daniel Mason
- October 2019
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
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