Lyndon W. Cook and Andrew F. Ehat, comps. and eds., acknowledgments in The Words of Joseph Smith: The Contemporary Accounts of the Nauvoo Discourses of the Prophet Joseph (Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, 1980), xxi–xxii.
We are indebted to many individuals who have assisted either directly or indirectly in the preparation of this work. Materials used in this study were gleaned from the Church Archives, Historical Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Salt Lake City, Utah; Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah; Archives and Manuscripts, Harold B. Lee Library, Provo, Utah; Manuscripts Division, J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah; and History Division, Library-Archives, Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, The Auditorium, Independence, Missouri. Thanks are given to the kind, talented staffs at these libraries. We especially remember the exceptional cooperation of James L. Kimball, Jr., at Church Archives. Chad Flake of Brigham Young University Library, Madelon Brunson and Patricia Roberts at the RLDS Library-Archives, and Della Dye of the University of Utah Library have also greatly assisted us in our work. Others who have contributed significantly are Dean C. Jessee, Ronald Watt, Lauritz Petersen, Ronald K. Esplin, Haybron Adams, William Slaughter, Gladys Noyce, and Linda Haslam.
We appreciate the painstaking efforts of Nancy Matthews, Julie Stokes, Stephen and Jeanine Ehat, Myron Decker, Blake Penrod, Anena Turner, and Kirk and Jacqueline Sherman, who assisted in the typing, proofreading, indexing, and final preparation of the book.
R. Stephen Marshall, Matthew R. Marshall, Matthew Moore, Luke Ong, David Sharp, and David E. Sloan carefully compared the original published version of The Words of Joseph Smith with this infobase. The time they spent and the care given in proofing is gratefully remembered here. I am also grateful to Curtis Weber for his careful attention to myriad details as we prepared the electronic edition.
John N. Drayton, managing editor at Brigham Young University Press, has contributed significantly to the style and format of the text and the readability of the footnotes.
Donald Barney, manager of Seventy's Mission Bookstore, first recognized the importance of this study and worked for its publication.
Richard L. Anderson and James B. Allen, professors at Brigham Young University, gave encouragement and shared important materials used in this book.
We are particularly grateful to Truman G. Madsen and LaMar C. Berrett, formerly directors in the Religious Studies Center at Brigham Young University, who over the years have given direction and constant encouragement, and have extended to us financial assistance that has substantially helped us in the preparation of this volume.
Finally, we are greatly indebted to our wives for their encouragement and patience during the writing and preparation of this book.