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Steven L. Mayfield papers

 Collection — Box: 82
Identifier: MSS 3088

Scope and Contents

Contains a collection of cassette tapes, videotapes, newspaper and magazine articles, and webpages that are all related in some way to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Materials provide an insight into the Church in popular media. Included in the collection are recordings from various organizations and publications that are anti-Mormon in nature, or intellectually exploratory of Church doctrine. Many of the recordings come from the Sunstone Symposium and various Utah radio channels. The recordings cover a broad range of controversial issues inside and outside of the Church, including gay rights, polygamy, racism in the Church, feminism, tolerance in the Church, free speech, issues of church and state, cultism, early Latter-day Saint history, and the Church hierarchy. Some of the material features or is about Steven Mayfield himself, including correspondence between Steven and several anti-Mormon organizations or individuals. Materials date from 1950 to 2014.


  • 1950-2014


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Steven L. Mayfield papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.

Biographical History

Steven L. Mayfield (born 1952) is a law enforcement officer and document collector in Utah.

Mayfield was born in 1952 and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. A member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he served as a missionary in Colorado and Nebraska. After his mission, he worked as a file clerk for the Federal Bureau of Investigation in San Francisco between 1973 and 1977. He then attended college at Weber State College in Ogden, Utah, graduating with a bachelor's degree in police science in 1980. After graduation, Mayfield worked as a deputy sheriff in Jefferson County, Colorado for nearly ten years before taking a position as a crime scene investigator with the Salt Lake City Police Department, as well as a crime scene photographer, crime lab technician, and self-described "documentation collector." While there, he worked under George Throckmorton, and assisted with a number of cases involving historical documents. He has also been involved with the Mormon History Association, Sunstone, and the Utah State Historical Society.


158 cartons (158 linear ft.)

6 boxes (3 linear ft.)

17 media boxes (8.5 linear ft.)

9 oversize boxes (4.5 linear ft.)

1 folder (0.01 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Arranged in 7 series: 1. Steven L. Mayfield audio-visual material, 1954-2014. 2. Steven L. Mayfield papers, 1970-2012. 3.Steven L. Mayfield photographs, approximately 1960-1990. 4. Steven L. Mayfield ephemera, approximately 1970. 5. Steven L. Mayfield correspondence, 1970-2013. 6. Steven L. Mayfield published materials, 1950-2007. 7. Steven L. Mayfield newspapers, 1957-2014.

Other Finding Aids

More detailed finding aid available upon request. Further information regarding individual items and accessions is recorded and available.

Custodial History

Donated by Steven L. Mayfield in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2010, 2011, 2016.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Steven L. Mayfield; 2004, 2005, 2006, 2010, 2011, 2016.


Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy 5.VII, August 2007).

A member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Steven L. Mayfield collected newspaper clippings related to the church and recorded meetings of anti-Mormon organizations.


Some box numbers missing and will not appear to be numbered consecutively.

Processing Information

Processed; Amanda Clark; student manuscript processor, and John Murphy, curator; 2007.

Processed; Glenda Ainsworth; student manuscript processor, and John Murphy, curator; 2009.

Processed; Audrey Spainhower, student manuscript processor, and John Murphy, curator; 2010.

Processed; Susana Zubeldia, student manuscript processor, 2016.

Processed; Shaelyn Stohl, student manuscript processor, and John Murphy, curator; 2018.

  • Pamphlets, flyers, periodicals, booklets, and books
Register of Steven L. Mayfield papers
John M. Murphy, curator, and Amanda Clark, Glendalynn Ainsworth, Audrey Spainhower, Susana Zubeldia, Shaelyn Stohl, student manuscript processors
2016 October
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Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States