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Photograph of the Mark Hofmann family

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 3722

Scope and Contents

This collection contains one portrait of Mark Hoffman's family in 1984. In the picture are Mark and Doralee Hoffman and their children--Michael (3 1/2 years), Karen (2 years), and Lisa (3 months).


  • 1984


Conditions Governing Access

Open to public access; Kept in cold storage; access requires 24 hours advance notice.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Photograph of the Mark Hoffman family must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical / Historical

Mark William Hofmann (born in 1954), a disaffected member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, was a prolific counterfeiter who murdered two people in Salt Lake City, Utah. He is currently serving a prison sentence at the Utah State Prison in Draper, Utah. Hofmann is widely regarded as one of the most successful forgers in history. He forged many documents that would have been important to the LDS church, including the "Salamander Letter." He married Doralee Olds in the Salt Lake Temple in 1979. They had four children and then divorced in 1988.


1 folder (0.08 linear ft.)

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Physical Location

L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah 84602.

Custodial History

These items were received by Special Collections in 1997.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased; 1997.


Photographs (Photograph Archives).

Related Materials

These materials are part of the Photo Archives.

Register of Photograph of the Mark Hofmann family
Abe Austin
2012 April 03
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.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States