The Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies (FARMS) was founded in 1979 as a clearinghouse to distribute scholarly articles focused on Latter-day Saint scripture. Within a few years, FARMS began collecting and distributing its own “Preliminary Reports.” These were said to consist of “tentative papers reflecting substantial research [that was] not yet ready for final publication.” FARMS made them available “to be critiqued and improved and to stimulate further research.” Having since absorbed FARMS into the Willes Center for Book of Mormon Studies, the Maxwell Institute offers the FARMS Preliminary Reports here in that same spirit. Although their quality is uneven, they represent the energy and zeal of those who sought to enrich our understanding of LDS scripture.
The Table of Contents below is ordered according to FARMS copyright dates. It also includes FARMS documents referred to as Papers, Working Papers, Study Aids, Criticism Papers, and Translations.
If you possess copies of Preliminary Reports that are not included here, please contact us to help us provide the most complete collection possible.