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Foster, Craig L.



  • Existence: 1959-

Biographical History

Craig L. Foster (1959- ) is a research specialist in Utah.

Craig L. Foster was raised in San Joaquin Valley, California. He served as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Belgium and France from 1978-1980. He then attended Brigham Young University, graduating with Bachelor's and Master's degrees in history as well as a Master's in Library Science. As an accredited genealogist, he has worked as a research consultant at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City since 1991. He has published articles about different aspects of Mormon history. He is the author of two books, co-author of another and co-editor of a three volume series discussing the history and theology of plural marriage. Foster is also on the editorial board of the John Whitmer Historical Association Journal.

Craig is married to the former Suzanne Long. They are the parents of three children: Robert, Shannon, and Senia.

Journal of Mormon history, fall 2001: p. 197 (Craig L. Foster, research specialist, Family History Library, Salt Lake City)

The Mormon quest for the presidency, [2011], ©2011: t.p. (Craig L. Foster) p. 376 (co-executive secretary of the Mormon History Association, 1995-2001), via WWW, Mar. 1, 2016 (Craig L. Foster; b. 1959; resident of Provo, Utah (1988))

Mormon Scholars Testify blog, via WWW, Mar. 1, 2016 and Apr. 15, 2016 (Craig L. Foster; raised in San Joaquin Valley, Calif.; served as a missionary in Belgium and France, 1978-1980; attended Brigham Young University, bachelor's degree and master's of library science; has worked at Family History Library since 1991; married Suzanne Long, three children: Robert, Shannon, and Senia.), via WWW, Apr. 15, 2016 (Master's degree from BYU, accredited genealogist and consultant at Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Ut.; published articles on Mormon history; wrote two books, co-author of book, co-editor of series on plural marriage; editorial board, John Whitmer Historical Association Journal), via WWW, Apr. 15, 2016 (Bachelor's in history from BYU, master's in history from BYU)

Found in 11 Collections and/or Records:

Articles and other material on Mark Hofmann Mormon-related forgeries, 1978-1988

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1571 Series 4
Scope and Contents

Contains articles and other documents concerning each of Hofmann's Mormon-related forgeries, dated between 1822 and 1912. Numbers on folder titles correspond to those listed on the "Main Forgeries..." sheet in the forgery lists and indexes folder (Box 6, Folder 5). Materials dated 1978-1988.

Dates: 1978-1988

Articles and other material on Mark Hofmann non-Mormon-related forgeries, 1984-1987

 Series — Box 7: Series 4; Series 5; Series 6; Series 7 [Barcode: 31197232481223], Folder: 16-20
Identifier: MSS 1571 Series 5
Scope and Contents

Contains articles and other documents regarding each of Mark Hofmann's historical, non-Mormon-related forgeries, dated between 1638 and 1903 (Oath of a Freeman, Daniel Boone and Betsy Ross letters, Jim Bridger promissory notes, Jack London signature). Materials dated 1984-1987.

Dates: 1984-1987

Articles, clippings, and other material on Mark Hofmann rumored documents, 1985-1987

 Series — Box 7: Series 4; Series 5; Series 6; Series 7 [Barcode: 31197232481223], Folder: 21-22
Identifier: MSS 1571 Series 6
Scope and Contents

Contains articles, clippings, and other documents regarding the rumored Oliver Cowdery History and the William E. McLellin papers (undated since imaginary, but probably would have been in the 1830s or so). Materials dated 1985-1987.

Dates: 1985-1987

Belgium Brussels Mission collection

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230307297]
Identifier: MSS SC 949
Scope and Contents

Twenty newsletters entitled "The Rolling Stone" and 37 miscellaneous items published by and relating to the Belgium Brussels mission. The bulk of the materials are in English with a few in French. These items were collected by Craig L. Foster who served in the Belgium Brussels mission at that time.

Dates: 1979-1980

Biographical articles on Mark Hofmann, 1982-1987

 Series — Box 1: Series 1; Series 2 [Barcode: 31197232481116], Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 1571 Series 1
Scope and Contents

Contains photocopies of newspaper articles about Hofmann published in Utah newspapers. Materials dated 1982-1987.

Dates: 1982-1987

The Butlers : the ancesters and descendents of William George Butler

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230308956]
Identifier: MSS SC 1100
Scope and Contents

Photocopies of various materials, mostly typed. Collection consists of photographs, drawings, genealogical worksheets, maps, and a short history of the Butler family by Craig L. Foster. These items were collected by Mr. Foster from various published and non-published sources. William George Butler emigrated from Ireland to the United States and joined the Mormon Church. He later settled in Marriott, Utah.

Dates: 1988

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.

Dates: 1978-2005

Essays, letter, and newsclipping

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230312099]
Identifier: MSS SC 1491
Scope and Contents Photocopies of two typewritten essays, one in English and one in German by Björn Bauerfeind; one newspaper article by Andreas Baumann; and one letter by Christophe Dietsch addressed to Craig Foster dated April 8, 1991. Bauerfeind talks about the Mormons in East Germany, their difficulties under the old communist government, the demonstrations by East Germans in Leipzig for freedom in 1989, and the breakdown of the communist political system. Baumann's article talks about Bauerfeind's...
Dates: 1989-1991

News clippings on Mark Hofmann, 1982-2005

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1571 Series 2
Scope and Contents

Contains of photocopies of newspaper articles (as well as a few original magazine excerpts) regarding Mark Hofmann's life, forgeries, murders, and trial. Materials dated 1982-2005.

Dates: 1982-2005

Topical files on Mark Hofmann, 1981-1997

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1571 Series 7
Scope and Contents

Contains files on various topics within and surrounding the Hofmann case, including news clippings, features in other media (cartoons, movies and TV series), Hofmann victims and witnesses, Mormon Church statements and records, articles (professional and non-professional), and case research for assorted other books. Materials dated 1981-1997.

Dates: 1981-1997

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Archival Object 7
Collection 4
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints 8
Murder -- Utah -- History -- Sources 8
Forgery -- Utah 7
Civil Procedure and Courts 6
Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.) 6