About the Journal
The Journal of Mormon History examines the Mormon past through a variety of perspectives, including but not limited to Mormon Studies/religious studies, cultural history, social history, intellectual history, reception history, sociology, economics, geography, political science, women’s studies, material culture, race studies, and folklore. Importantly, Mormonism is interpreted to encompass all traditions that trace their origins to Joseph Smith Jr. The editors are especially interested in articles that offer international perspectives and twentieth century and contemporary history. In addition to traditional articles, the Journal publishes round tables and shorter essays analyzing particularly significant (and not widely known) documents, photographs, and material culture, as well as historiographical essays. Journal of Mormon History is published on behalf of the Mormon History Association.
The Mormon History Association (MHA) is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to the study and understanding of all aspects of Mormon history. We welcome all who are interested in the Mormon past, irrespective of religious affiliation, academic training, or world location. We promote our goals through scholarly research, conferences, awards, and publications. MHA was founded in December 1965 at the American Historical Association (AHA) meeting in San Francisco under the leadership of noted historian Leonard J. Arrington. MHA was organized to promote understanding, scholarly research, and publication in the field of Mormon history. For the first seven years, until 1972, it operated as an affiliate of the AHA. In 1972 it became an independent organization with its own annual conferences and publications. The Journal of Mormon History, the official publication of the association, began publication in 1974. The Mormon History Association is an affiliate member of the American Historical Association and a member of the Western History Association.