Mormon History Association
The Mormon History Association (MHA) is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to the study and understanding of all aspects of Mormon history to promote understanding, scholarly research, and publication in the field. MHA was founded in December 1965 at the American Historical Association (AHA) meeting in San Francisco under the leadership of Latter-day Saint and historian, Leonard J. Arrington. In 1972, MHA became an independent organization with its own annual conferences and publications. The Journal of Mormon History, the official biennial publication of the association, began publication in 1974. MHA also publishes the quarterly Mormon History Newsletter and is an affiliate of both AHA and the Western History Association.
MHA "welcome[s] all who are interested in the Mormon past, irrespective of religious affiliation, academic training, or world location." Its members are composed of people both within and without The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) and the Community of Christ, including those who reject Mormonism.
MHA presidents are recognized contributors to the field of Mormon history and serve for one year.
|Years||Name||Prominence at the time of service|
|1966–67||Leonard J. Arrington||MHA co-founder; Utah State University history professor; author of Great Basin Kingdom|
|1967–68||Eugene E. Campbell||Brigham Young University (BYU) history professor|
|1968–69||T. Edgar Lyon||Nauvoo Restoration|
|1969–70||S. George Ellsworth||Utah State University history professor|
|1970–71||Richard D. Poll||Western Illinois University vice-president; former Brigham Young University history professor|
|1971–72||Davis Bitton||MHA co-founder; University of Utah history professor|
|1972–73||James B. Allen||MHA co-founder; Brigham Young University history professor|
|1973–74||Reed C. Durham Jr.||Director of Institute of Religion at the University of Utah|
|1974–75||Thomas G. Alexander|
|1975–76||Charles S. Peterson||University of Utah history professor; former director of the Utah State Historical Society.|
|1976–77||Paul M. Edwards|
|1977–78||Douglas D. Alder|
|1978–79||Milton Backman||Brigham Young University religious education professor|
|1979–80||Jan Shipps||Indiana University professor of history and religious studies|
|1980–81||Dean C. Jessee||Author of Letters of Brigham Young to his Sons; archivist and researcher with the LDS Church.|
|1981–82||Melvin T. Smith|
|1982–83||William D. Russell||Professor of history at Graceland University|
|1983–84||Kenneth W. Godfrey||LDS Institute of Religion Director|
|1984–85||Maureen U. Beecher||Brigham Young University English professor with the Joseph Fielding Smith Institute for Church History.|
|1985–86||Richard L. Bushman||Columbia University history professor; author of Joseph Smith and the Beginnings of Mormonism.|
|1986–87||Richard W. Sadler|
|1987–88||Valeen Tippetts Avery||Co-author of Mormon Enigma: Emma Hale Smith|
|1988–89||Stanley B. Kimball||Southern Illinois University Edwardsville history professor; author of Heber C. Kimball: Mormon Patriarch and Pioneer|
|1989–90||Carol Cornwall Madsen||Brigham Young University history professor with the Joseph Fielding Smith Institute for Church History.|
|1990–91||Richard P. Howard||World Church Historian of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints|
|1991–92||Ronald W. Walker|
|1992–93||Marvin S. Hill||Brigham Young University history professor and author of Quest for Refuge: The Mormon Flight from American Pluralism|
|1993–94||Roger D. Launius|
|1994–95||Mario S. DePillis|
|1995–96||David J. Whittaker||Brigham Young University archivist|
|1996–97||Linda King Newell||University of Utah history professor; co-author of Mormon Enigma: Emma Hale Smith; former co-editor of Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought; former John Whitmer Historical Association president|
|1997–98||Armand L. Mauss||Washington State University professor of sociology and religious studies|
|1998–99||Jill Mulvay Derr||BYU History professor, later director of the Joseph Fielding Smith Institute|
|1999–2000||Newell G. Bringhurst|
|2000–01||William G. Hartley|
|2001–02||Dean L. May||Professor of History, University of Utah, specializing in social history of the American West|
|2002–03||Lawrence Foster||Professor of History, Technology, and Society, Georgia Institute of Technology|
|2003–04||Martha Sonntag Bradley|
|2004–05||Donald Q. Cannon||Brigham Young University professor|
|2005–06||Philip L. Barlow||Harvard-trained professor of theology and American religious history at Utah State University|
|2006–07||Ronald K. Esplin||Director of Joseph Smith Papers Project; former Brigham Young University professor; former Joseph Fielding Smith Institute director.|
|2007–08||Paul L. Anderson||BYU Museum of Art curator|
|2008–09||Kathryn M. Daynes||Brigham Young University history professor; author of More Wives Than One.|
|2009–10||Ronald E. Romig||Community of Christ archivist|
|2010–11||William P. MacKinnon||Independent historian; author of At Sword's Point: A Documentary History of the Utah War to 1858.|
|2011–12||Richard L. Jensen||Research historian with LDS Church History Department|
|2012–13||Glen M. Leonard||Independent historian, author of Nauvoo|
|2013–14||Richard E. Bennett||Professor of Church History and Doctrine, Brigham Young University|
|2014–15||Laurel Thatcher Ulrich|
Journal of Mormon History
Since 1974, MHA has produced the Journal of Mormon History, an academic journal in the field of Mormon studies. From the founding of MHA until 1974, Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought was a principal venue for articles on Mormon History written by MHA members.
A DVD archive of past issues of the journal is available at MHA's web site.
List of editors
|Dean L. May||Editor||1982–1985|
|Leonard J. Arrington||Editor||1986–1987|
|Lowell M. Durham, Jr.||Editor||1988–1990|
|Lavina Fielding Anderson||Editor||1991–2009|
|Martha P. Taysom||Editor||2009–present|
Mormon History Association Awards
Among the awards presented by the Association are: the Leonard J. Arrington Award "for distinguished and meritorious service to Mormon history" – named for the MHA's founder, and father of New Mormon history; Best Book Award; Best First Book; Best Documentary or Bibliography; Best Biography; an award for an outstanding International Mormon history; an award for an outstanding history of a Mormon family (or grouping of families in one community).
- "MHA Officers and Board Members". Mormon History Association. July 14, 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-14.
- R. Scott Lloyd (June 4, 2011). "'Utah's Dixie' is site for annual Mormon History Association conference". Church News. Retrieved 2014-09-22.
- Ben (January 29, 2009). "New JMH Editor: Martha P. Taysom". Juvenile Instructor. Retrieved 2009-10-26.
- "MHA Awards", MormonHistoryAssociation.org (Mormon History Association)