Genealogy from the perspective of a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon, LDS)

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Digital Collections at the Church History Library

The Church History Library is located just east of Temple Square and about a long block and half from the Family History Library. The Church History Library (CHL) is not at all the hive of activity you might experience in the Family History Library. The CHL does have a significant collection of books and other records on open stacks, but most of the documents held by the CHL are archival in nature and are kept in closed stacks. You have to visit the CHL to gain access to most of the records and sign in as a registered researcher. However, during the past few years, there has been an effort made to put some very significant collections online.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has also produced a series of church history websites. These include the following:
There are also a number of history related sites on
It is not obvious from a visit to the CHL website that there are also quite a few resources available. If you click around long enough, you might find the following:
There is also a page of Featured Collections, the current collections are as follows:
It is interesting to me that several years ago, I offered the Church History Library an extensive collection (approximately 4000 photos many on glass negatives) from Eastern Arizona with photos dating back to the 1860s and they expressed absolutely no interest and so the collection went to the University of Arizona. It looks like they may have expanded their interests more recently.

There may be more digitized collections but that is all I could find. 

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