Jeni Broberg Holzapfel and Richard Neitzel Holzapfel, eds., A Woman’s View: Helen Mar Whitney’s Reminiscences of Early Church History (Provo, Utah: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 1997). p. vii.
This effort to bring together an important source of Latter-day Saint history is aided by many individuals. We thank Mel Bashore and Todd Compton for their extensive contributions to this project, and we thank Wendy Agle, Doug Jones, Kama Reed Jones, Veneese Nelson, Dana Roper, Ted Stoddard, and April Williamson for their help. The Department of Church History and Doctrine and the Religious Studies Center at Brigham Young University provided funds and support for our research during the 1995–96 academic year. Kent P. Jackson of the Religious Studies Center was immediately interested in this project and provided valuable support to publish it. Several individuals at the Religious Studies Center, including Lisa M. Kurki, Charlotte Pollard, Jason O. Roberts, and Ana N. Shaw, helped in the final preparation of the manuscript for publication.
Larry Draper, Randall Dixon, and Bill Slaughter of the Church Archives, Historical Department, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, assisted in obtaining the photographs used in the publication. Additionally, Lester and Shauna Smoot Essig (Whitney family) and Pat Geisler (Kimball family) graciously allowed additional photographs and manuscript material from their family collections to be utilized for this project.
Finally, we thank Maureen Ursenbach Beecher, Jill Mulvay Derr, and Carol Cornwall Madsen, who led the way in making Mormon women studies not just a “footnote to the historical record” but an important part of the way we understand the past. Their published works and presentations are reflected in our efforts to place these reminiscences in perspective, utilizing their fresh scholarship to enhance our efforts.