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Collection on Mark Hofmann

Identifier: MSS 1571

Scope and Contents

Collection contains articles, clippings, transcripts, biographical materials, and other materials on the Mark Hofmann case. Includes information on Hofmann's forgeries, as well as the murder case. Materials date from between 1978 and 2005.


  • 1978-2005

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 the Collection on Mark Hofmann must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.


9 boxes (4.5 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Arranged in seven series: 1. Biographical articles of Mark Hofmann, 1982-1987. 2. News clippings on Mark Hofmann case, 1982-2005. 3. Transcripts and court-related documents on the Mark Hofmann preliminary hearing, 1986-1987 . 4. Articles and other material on Mark Hofmann Mormon-related forgeries, 1978-1988. 5. Articles and other material on Mark Hofmann non-Mormon-related forgeries, 1984-1987. 6. Articles and other material on Mark Hofmann rumored documents, 1985-1987. 7. Topical files on Mark Hofmann, 1981-1997.

Other Finding Aids

File-level inventory available online.

Custodial History

Collection was put together (i.e., assembled within Special Collections) over a period of four years by curator David J. Whittaker and his student research assistants, approximately 1985-1989.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Assembled in-house; David J. Whittaker, curator, and his student research assistants; approximately 1989.


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

Processing Information

Processed; David J. Whittaker; April 1989.

Additional materials processed; Amanda Crandall, manuscripts processor; February 2016.

Register of Collection on Mark Hofmann
David J. Whittaker, Craig L. Foster, Jennifer Nelson, Paul C. Russel
1989 April
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.
Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States