After Smith's death, they passed through several hands and were erroneously presumed by Smith's followers to have reached a museum in Chicago and been destroyed in the Great Chicago Fire. Atiya of the University of Utah noticed that these fragments were clearly part of Smith's collection of papyri.The fragments were eventually acquired in 1947 by the Metropolitan Museum of Art (the Met). The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) acquired the fragments in 1967.Sometime between 1822 and his death on February 19, 1830, Lebolo arranged to have them sold.
The Joseph Smith Papyri (JSP) are eleven Egyptian papyrus fragments which were once owned by Joseph Smith, the founder of the Latter Day Saint movement.
Joseph Smith purportedly translated a portion of these papyri into the Book of Abraham.
The papyrus fragments are parts of some papyri and eleven mummies which were discovered in Thebes by Antonio Lebolo between 18.
At that time Lebolo was working as superintendent of archaeological digs for Bernardino Drovetti.
I can vividly remember when I learned that there was no Santa Claus. During the weeks leading up to Santa's nightly visit my family had erected a Christmas tree that we decorated with plastic and glass ornaments, aluminum foil tinsel and threaded popcorn garlands.