“Put all inquirers after truth in possession of the facts, as they have transpired.” Joseph Smith History 1:1

Follow the steps below to learn how archived records can be searched and accessed.

1. Make records available today and in the future for appropriate internal and external uses

An important aspect of preservation is the perpetuation of a record to facilitate current and future access.

Learn about the value of having access to records from the past by watching "The Story Lives Here."


2. Safeguard accessible records against loss, theft, data errors, and unauthorized changes

Access is governed by the access rights policies and standards associated with the record type. The Church History Department follows the Information and Communication Services (ICS) data classification model as found in the Information and Communication policies in the classification and accessibility of records. The Church History Department has implemented processes and systems to protect records against loss, theft, and error. The recommended digital controls and security requirements are in place for all preservation systems that store digital records.

Click here to read tips on safeguarding records against loss, theft, data errors, and unauthorized changes.