Volume 12, 1909 collection
|Publisher||The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints|
|Final issue||December 1970|
The Improvement Era was first published in 1897 as a replacement to the unofficial magazine, The Contributor. Over the years, it was the official publishing organ for a variety of organizations within the LDS Church, including the Seventies, the Young Men's Mutual Improvement Association, the Young Ladies' Mutual Improvement Association, priesthood quorums, church schools, the Church Music Committee, and the Home Teaching Committee. In the July 1960 issue, an insert targeted toward the teenagers of the church was included. Entitled "The Era of Youth," it continued to be included in the Improvement Era until 1970, when it became the basis for the New Era.
Editors of the Improvement Era included Joseph F. Smith, Heber J. Grant, George Albert Smith, David O. McKay, Joseph Fielding Smith, John A. Widtsoe, Richard L. Evans, B. H. Roberts, Richard L. Evans, Edward H. Anderson, Hugh J. Cannon, Harrison R. Merrill, and Doyle L. Green.
The February 1968 issue included the first publication of images of the Joseph Smith Papyri, in sepia tone.
- "Online Collection of Historical Church Magazines Expanding". Church News. 29 August 2012. Retrieved 16 October 2016.
- Jay M. Todd (1992), "Improvement Er", in Daniel H Ludlow (ed.), Encyclopedia of Mormonism, New York: Macmillan Publishing], p. 678, ISBN 0-02-879602-0, OCLC 24502140
- Complete issues of Improvement Era, Church History Library and the Internet Archive.
- An index to poetry and prose in Improvement Era, Mormon Literature and Creative Arts Database of Brigham Young University.
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