Pictured: Jeff Johnson
The Czech writer, Milan Kundera, has written: “Without a past, we are children. To be grown is to have a memory.” The Archives of the Mormon History Assocation contain the memory of our organization. These noncurrent records are stored and cared for at the Utah State Historical Society in Salt Lake City. They have been collected over the years by past MHA Historians and Executive Directors and are deposited in the Archives. The good work of these officials has saved much of our future memories. But as we enter our second 50 years, we need to make sure our record is broadened and more complete.
The MHA archival collection contains two important oral history projects of the leaders of the organization. These projects give us memories from the top of the organization. I am concerned that the memories of the regular members have not been preserved. I would like all of the members and friends to consider writing about your experiences in the Mormon History Association and donate them to the MHA archives. It can be a page or a paragraph, or, better, many pages. More of your thoughts will be helpful for future generations to understand what we have experienced. Do not be afriad to be “truthful” because this information will give future generations understanding.
There may also be official records still out with those that have served as officers in the past. Please contact me and I will help you transfer them to the MHA collection at the USHS. If you have questions about these issues please contact me.
Jeffery O. Johnson