I will confess to having too many projects on my desk at one time. I also apologize for distracting readers with this request for collaboration. One project that I would very much like to complete but currently lack time to do it alone, is a study of mortality in Mormon Nauvoo, a detailed analysis of the sexton reports (from the Wasp and Neighbor) for 24 months from summer 1842 to summer 1844. I am half-done with a database of these reports—there are still several months of sexton reports from the Neighbor to enter into an Access database. In addition, a coauthor would need to do some legwork as well on historical diagnoses, sorting through what may have been meant by the various colics and cankers and the like.
I would like to make this collaborator a full coauthor on the paper which would be submitted to a Mormon Studies journal. I would require that said coauthor see the project through to the end, and I would consider coauthorship to be the only compensation (I cannot afford to pay for a research assistant). I have in mind a history undergraduate or graduate student or a premedical or medical student interested in Mormon history but recognize that brightness and good work habits are not restricted to such individuals. Residence in the Salt Lake area is preferred; access to the Nauvoo Neighbor is essential. No statistical experience required.
Bishop and Givens (not Terryl) have done some work on these topics, but neither offered a definitive treatment of these sexton reports, which are wonderful prisms for catching glimpses of the constituent colors of Mormon life.