logo for John Whitmer Books established 2005In 2005, the John Whitmer Historical Association launched a new publishing imprint, John Whitmer Books. In the years following, John Whitmer Books has built an extensive catalog of important titles relating to the history of the Restoration Movement.

These titles include particular emphasis on the Early Church, the RLDS/Community of Christ and the eastern branches of the movement.

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Archaeology Series

As an arm of the John Whitmer Historical Association (JWHA), the mission of John Whitmer Books is to promote scholarly research on the Mormon past. To that end, it introduces a new series on archaeology. This series recognizes that in addition to the role documents play in historiography, many additional sources of historical information help flesh out our understanding of the past. Studies on geography, material culture, sociology, and archaeology add to traditional sources of historical information to help reconstruct the history of Mormonism. John Whitmer Books’ new archaeology series draws on these scholarly studies to add additional insight into specific settings, events, and personalities of the Mormon past.

The first monograph in this series focused on the Vermont home of Asael and Mary Duty Smith’s family the couple sold to Joseph Smith Sr. to serve as his starter home for the first years of his marriage to Lucy Mack. Mark L. Staker and Donald L. Enders detail in the book evidence they’ve recovered from remaining stone fences, foundations of a home and outbuilding, a narrow sample of artifacts found closely associated with the foundation, and the landscape on the central farm of what neighbors called “Smith Settlement.” They combine this physical evidence with new documentary sources to shed further light on the Vermont experience of the Joseph Smith family.

The second volume in the series by Paul DeBarthe and Michael S. Riggs details a five season, phase III archaeological investigation of Hawn’s Mills located in Eastern Caldwell County, Missouri—a well-known place Latter-day Saints memorialize as the site of the Hawn’s Mills Massacre in 1838. These scholars include their findings on the remains of a significant 2,000-year-old Middle Woodland occupation with that of the early Mormon settlement. Artifacts from the hamlet at Hawn’s Mills and from Adam-Onti-Ahman (a project headed by BYU professor Raymond Matheny) document the first detailed study and comparative analysis of the material culture of Mormon Missouri settlements. The DeBarthe and Riggs book will also serve as a primer for educators and students as part of archaeological field schools.

These two monographs start an exciting new series providing sub-surface clarification and archaeological nuance to the story and context and Mormonism for its students.


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Hawn’s Mills Hamlet: A Phase III Archaeological Investigation by Paul DeBarthe and Michael S. Riggs

 

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Joseph’s Family the Kirtland Years by Ronald E. Romig

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Joseph and Lucy Smith’s Tunbridge Farm by Mark L. Staker and Donald L. Enders

 

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Authors Manuscript Submission

John Whitmer Books welcomes proposals by potential authors. We also review full manuscripts.

These submissions should be in line with our mission, to promote scholarship on the early Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints through 1844 and the broader Latter Day Saint movement thereafter. During this later era, special emphasis is given to the history of the Community of Christ.

Please submit your proposal or manuscript to jwbooks@jwha.info. We will respond within four months.

SUBMITTING A PROPOSAL:

Proposal letters should be a single page, and should detail:

  • your topic and thesis
  • the importance of your proposed title
  • how you intend to approach the work
  • a brief overview of your education and experience as a writer and researcher

You may attach to the proposal letter an outline, a sample chapter, or both.

Our editorial board will review your proposal. If we are interested, we will then ask for a completed manuscript to review.  Keep in mind that we do not sign advance contracts, except in rare cases when we solicit a project from an author.

SUBMITTING A MANUSCRIPT:

Manuscripts should be formatted according to the most recent Chicago Manual of Style. Please confirm that you have not simultaneously submitted the manuscript to other publishers and will refrain from doing so until our editorial board renders a decision.

The John Whitmer Books Editorial Board, in conjunction with the JWHA Board of Directors and outside blind peer reviewers, will review the submitted manuscript to determine viability and fit. The committee will:

(1) accept the manuscript, and offer a contract,

(2) invite revision and resubmission, or

(3) reject the manuscript.

Please allow us at least four months to respond. Materials submitted to John Whitmer Books cannot be returned.

We thank you in advance for your good work and your interest in publishing with John Whitmer Books.


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Book cover for "The Persistence of Polygamy: Joseph Smith and the Origins of Mormon Polygamy"

The Persistence of Polygamy: Joseph Smith and the Origins of Mormon Polygamy

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Book cover for "The Persistence of Polygamy: From Joseph Smith's Martyrdom to the First Manifesto, 1844-1890"

The Persistence of Polygamy: From Joseph Smith’s Martyrdom to the First Manifesto, 1844-1890

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Book cover for "The Persistence of Polygamy: Fundamentalist Mormon Polygamy from 1890 to the Present"

The Persistence of Polygamy: Fundamentalist Mormon Polygamy from 1890 to the Present

Edited by Newell G. Bringhurst and Craig L. Foster

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Eighth Witness: The Biography of John Whitmer

Ronald E. Romig

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Herstories: Ten Autobiographical Narratives of RLDS Women

Danny L. Jorgensen and Joni Wilson

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Behind the Scenes Tour of the Kirtland Temple: Basement to Bell Tower

Ronald E. Romig

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