The New Spalding Library
Over the past decades institutional libraries and private collections have accumulated a voluminous
literature regarding the Solomon Spalding Authorship Theory for the Book of Mormon. There are also numerous old
documents which relate to Spalding himself, as well as to his associates, and his period in history. Since it is
impractical to transcribe into e-texts even a modest fraction of the existing Spalding-related materials, only a
few of the most important of these items have been reproduced and posted to this on-line Library.
In most cases the e-texts available in this "Main Department" of the Library are limited to newer texts, excerpts from lengthier documents or samples from wider collections. Some books and articles featured here are still under copyright, so only short samples from their texts are made available for your consultation. Many more complete and specially relevant texts and graphics are now on-line in the Spalding Studies Special Collections. Numerous other, interrelated documents respecting Solomon Spalding, the Book of Mormon, and Mormon origins can be found on-line at the Mormon Classics E-texts web-site.
The e-texts posted in this on-line have been checked for their accuracy in reproducing the contents of their parent documents. While small errors in transcription and formatting are inevitable, the texts themselves are generally reliable. However, these e-texts are not perfect replacements for the originals. Please consult the appropriate research library collections for purposes of exact quotation and for proper bibliographic citation.
The vast majority of these texts and documents are in the public domain. In some instances their originals are the property of public or private library collections and the owners have been informed of their reproduction here. A few of the more recent texts are excerpted from copyrighted published works. These short excerpts are provided as a public service under the "fair use" provisions of the U.S. Code (Copyright Act, Title 17, 107) and similar international copyright agreements. It is not intended that the reproductions posted here infringe in any way upon authors' or publishers' intellectual property rights.
If you come across an excerpt posted to this Library which you feel violates the broad interpretation of general copyright law and practice, please inform the Site Librarian at once, and that item will be abbreviated or paraphrased to insure a full compliance with such law and practice.
Dale R. Broadhurst
Oct. 25, 2000
On-Line Texts: 1700-1899
1889 History of Utah
1855 Mormonism Unveiled
1887 Article on Ethan Smith
1870, 71 History of Washington Co., PA
1882 Hist. of Wash. Co.
1890? Origin of Book of Mormon
1847 Hist. Coll. of Ohio
1843 Monsieur Violet
1861 Jessie, the Mormon's Daughter
On-Line Texts: 1900-1999
1999 Dark Mormon Beginnings
1970 "J. Smith's NY Reputation Reappraised"
1991 review of R. I. Anderson book
1990 J. Smith's NY Reputation Reexamined
1942 Spalding-BoM parallels list
1958 Spalding-BoM parallels
1997 Faith of the Church (RLDS)
1945 No Man Knows My History
1994 The Refiner's Fire
1984, 92 The Lie in Wait to Deceive II
1977 article on Spalding
1945 article on Spalding-BoM parallels
1950 The Burned-Over District
1930-36 "Centennial of Mormonism
1926 History of Washington Co. PA
1994 Burning of Strange Fire
1915 Case Against Mormonism
1996 Manuscript Found... (BYU ed.)
1959 Jedediah M. Grant
1910 20th Cent. Hist. of Wash. Co.
1962 & 1978 Maze of Mormonism
1945 review of Brodie's book
1959 article on Spalding-BoM parallels
1986 Joseph Smith & Origins of BoM
1997 Article on Justus Morse
1914 Fourfold Test of Mormonism
1979 "In the Shadow of Solomon Spalding"
1992 Victims (under constr.)
1994 Sidney Rigdon
1998 EMD Vol. 2
1946 "Solomon Spaulding's MS"
1995 Take Heed... Be Not Deceived
On-Line Texts: 2000-2011
2000 D. P. Hurlbut article (excerpts)
2000 S. Rigdon dissertation (excerpts)
Rigdon journal article (both under constr.)
2000 The Spalding Enigma (CD-ROM)
2003 "Ask the Apologist" -- Spalding etc.
2003 Plates of Gold (under constr.)
2001 Mormon History
2002 By the Hand of Mormon
2004 "Anti-Mormon Writings"
"Joseph Smith & the 1834 DP Hurlbut Case"
(under constr. at "Crisis at Kirtland" site)
2004 "Hope that Something will Stick"
2005 Who Really Wrote the BoM?
2005-09 "Sidney Rigdon" (off site)
2005 Keystone or Millstone?
2005 "Mythical 'Manuscript Found'"
2005 JS: Rough Stone Rolling
2006 Spalding Authorship Claims page
2006 Spalding Claims video
2008 Grave Cr. Connections
2008 "Reassessing Authorship of BoM"
2009 "Unraveling S/R Theory" (off site)
2009 "Narrative for BoM" (under constr.)
2010 Joseph Smith's Plagiarism