Tasked with keeping the official church records for the Church of Christ (1830), the Church Historian and General Church Recorder served as clerks, scribes, and secretaries in recording "minutes of meetings, patriarchal blessings, membership information, and certificates of priesthood authority", as well as "what might be called a narrative history of the Church."
The position continues in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as a priesthood calling, now the Church Historian and Recorder. He is helped by Assistant Church Historians, although the title was expanded in 2008 to be Assistant Church Historian and Recorder.
In the Community of Christ, the position is now the World Church Historian.
- "Church Historian and Recorder." Wikipedia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Church_Historian_and_Recorder (accessed 27 Mar 2015).
- Jenson, Andrew. Church Chronology: A Record of Important Events Pertaining to the History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Salt Lake City: Deseret News, 1899. Pages xviii-xx. https://archive.org/stream/churchchronology00jensrich#page/xviii/mode/2up (accessed 30 Mar 2015).
- Searle, Howard C. "Historians, Church." Encyclopedia of Mormonism. New York: Macmillan Publishing Company, 1992. Pages 589-92. http://eom.byu.edu/index.php/Historians,_Church (accessed 27 Mar 2015).
- Marlin K. Jensen, "There Shall Be a Record Kept among You," Ensign (Dec 2007), https://www.lds.org/ensign/2007/12/there-shall-be-a-record-kept-among-you.
- "Richard E. Turley Jr. Named Assistant Church Historian and Recorder," LDS Newsroom, http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/ldsnewsroom/eng/news-releases-stories/richard-e-turley-jr-named-assistant-church-historian-and-recorder.