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We are pleased to share with you our latest newsletter, which contains information on the most recent web release and showcases how our website’s People page can aid you in your research. Also included is an article that offers a look into how our collaboration with individuals outside of the project often improves our perspective on the work we do. We invite you to spend a few minutes after reading this issue to explore our website and discover how the various tools and content can enrich your learning.
Ronald K. Esplin, Matthew J. Grow, and Matthew C. Godfrey
In This Issue
  • Explore New Documents on Our Website
  • A Tale of Scholarly Cooperation
  • Learn More about the People in Joseph Smith's World
Explore New Documents on Our Website
We are pleased to announce our latest web content release. Included in this substantial publication are all documents, introductions, and annotation in Documents, Volume 4: April 1834–September 1835, which was published in print in 2016. Documents, Volume 4 includes documents pertaining to the 1834 Camp of Israel expedition (later called “Zion’s Camp”) that marched to Jackson County, Missouri, to redeem the Saint’s land; the 1835 calling of and blessings for the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and the Quorums of the Seventy; the construction of the House of the Lord in Kirtland, Ohio; and many other subjects from the life of Joseph Smith. Read more

A Tale of Scholarly Cooperation
By Mark Ashurst-McGee
As staff members of a documentary editing project, we are often required to focus on the minutiae of historical documents in our day-to-day work. A recent experience with feedback from one of our reviewers reminded me that we can often gain insight from others’ perspectives, particularly when those perspectives are not obscured by smaller details. 
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Learn More about the People in Joseph Smiths World
Many may not realize that early church member Harriet Howe was the sister of Eber D. Howe, who published Mormonism Unvailed in order to undermine Joseph Smith and the church, or that John C. Bennett—at one time a city and church leader in Nauvoo and later a vocal critic of Joseph—was also a prolific poultry breeder. These lesser-known details, along with thousands of others, can be discovered in the biographical entries on the Joseph Smith Papers website. Read more
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