Joseph Smith wrote to and received letters from a wide variety of people, including his wife Emma and other family members; church leaders and members; and politicians, attorneys, businessmen, and newspaper editors. A few of the outgoing letters are in his own hand, but most were either dictated to a scribe or written by an associate under Joseph Smith’s direction. In some cases, the sent letters were authored by a group of individuals that included Joseph Smith, such as the church presidency; similarly, in some cases the received letters were addressed to Joseph Smith and others. Some of the original letters have survived but in most cases the best versions available are early copies, such as the copies made in Joseph Smith’s two letterbooks. Some letters were transmitted not by hand but by publication in a newspaper.
At present, most of Joseph Smith’s correspondence through March 1842 has been published on this website as part of the Documents series. Eventually all of his correspondence will be published here.
The following index provides one way to access the Joseph Smith correspondence on this website. Correspondents are listed in alphabetical order by surname, with individual items of correspondence listed underneath the name. Unnamed correspondents appear at the end of the list, as do groups of people with whom Joseph Smith corresponded.
Other ways to access correspondence on this website are to perform a search using the keyword “letter” (without quotation marks) and the name of the correspondent; or to open the correspondent’s biographical sketch
and look through the documents listed to the right of the sketch under the tab for “Papers”; or to browse through the list of documents in the Documents series looking for items with the word “letter” in the editorial title.
This index will be updated as additional Joseph Smith correspondence is published on this website.