The Parley P. Pratt Papers
The concept for The Parley P. Pratt Papers project came into being following the most recent Pratt family reunion (10 Sept 2011). The occasion was notable for the debut of the first scholarly biography of Pratt by Drs. Terryl L. Givens and Matthew J. Grow, Parley P. Pratt: The Apostle Paul of Mormonism, Oxford, 2011. Upon reflection, it became evident that while some of Pratt’s major works have been published elsewhere, the bulk of his material has not.
The Parley P. Pratt Papers project will begin with The Letters. With more than 450 letters extant, insight into Pratt’s dealings with his family, his church, his brethren, as well as insight into his personality will be made available. While many of the early leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints* are well known today, there are still major gaps in our understanding of this original member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Through Pratt’s letters, we may gain a better understanding of this early missionary, patriarch, and Apostle.