In the Latter-day Saint faith, doctrine and history are so intertwined as to be inseparable; one sustains and gives meaning to the other. Mormonism, perhaps, is unique in this respect.

It follows, then, that document preservation would be a vital part of the work of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Journals, photographs, original texts and other items serve as a tangible connection to momentous events, revered figures and cherished accounts of the past.

At the Church Historical Department in the east wing of the Church Office Building in Salt Lake City, senior conservator Chris McAfee and his colleagues are engaged day by day in the work of what McAfee characterizes as making documents "as good as old."

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