PhD Candidate Jenny Reeder has accepted a position with the LDS Church History Library in Salt Lake City as a historian-writer specializing in women's history. Her first projects include editing a book of women's sermons and working with the LDS Church History Museum and Historic Sites department and their digital history initiative to include women. The Church History Library holds manuscripts, books, Church records, photographs, oral histories, patriarchal blessings, architectural drawings, pamphlets, newspapers, periodicals, maps, microforms, and audiovisual materials. The collection continues to grow annually and is a prime resource for the study of Church history. Staff and scholars are now producing the Joseph Smith Papers project, a comprehensive documentary project endorsed by NHPRC.
In April, Reeder will defend her dissertation, "'To Do Something Extraordinary': Mormon Women and the Creation of a Usable Past." Her dissertation advisor is Professor Paula Petrik, with Professors Alison Landsberg, Sharon Leon, and Claudia Bushman of Columbia University as additional committee members.
February 05, 2013