Liahona The Elders Journal Where did you go?

Liahona The Elders Journal was a Mormon missionary publication active in the central states during the first half of the 20th century. For a while it was available via the Brigham Young University Digital Collections. Apparently they merely had a link to images provided by the LDS Family History servers for this particular item.

But now it’s gone! Please, powers that be, bring it back! Such a great resource in the study of Mormonism.

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9 Responses to Liahona The Elders Journal Where did you go?

  1. J. Stapley says:

    Not just the Liahona The Elders Journal but hundreds of family histories and dozens of periodicals, including, I think, the Gen Soc Mag. I noticed this a couple of weeks ago but hadn’t got around to asking anyone. Have you talked to the folk at the library?

    • WVS says:

      Looks like a lot is missing. It looks like FHL just withdrew them from what I can gather.

    • WVS says:

      Ok, here’s the skinny. Last year, BYU was still in a multi-year hiring freeze. Economics of the situation dictated that the digital collections be outsourced. Now fast forward to Memorial Day this year. Campus OIT wants to do a major upgrade. This crashed Library (and campus wide) systems. It’s still not fixed. As a result, digital access for much of contentdm stuff is broken in an out of the Library.

  2. J. Stapley says:

    That is actually great news. That means that it will return, right?

  3. WVS says:

    More info: this particular file and a number of others were scanned by the Family History Library. For some reason I have not fathomed at present, these files were withdrawn from BYU system. They still exist at FHL, but there is no index apparently. So I’m exploring some solutions for those of you who may be interested.

  4. cam says:

    I am looking for an article in the Young Women’s Journal from 1903 and it seems to be linkable but not downloadable, very frustrating!

    • Amy T says:

      Do you mean that you are looking at a copy from HBLL Digital Collections and when the web page shows up it doesn’t provide the actual image and when you try to download it says something like “Adobe Reader could not open ‘21781.pdf’ because it is either not a supported file type or because the file has been damaged…”?

      I started having that problem when they made some formatting changes to the site. A cheerful young woman in library tech support informed me that the database doesn’t support certain browsers. I was using Firefox for the Mac. (Still do, except for the HBLL site.) She recommended Google Chrome, and that works fine, and now I can download old documents to my heart’s content.

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