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Mormon media coverage collection

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSS 3288

Scope and Contents note

Nine files containing miscellaneous material from newspapers and other sources on the LDS Church--mostly negative publicity. Includes articles on LDS prophet Ezra Taft Benson's dissident son, Steve Benson; Bo Gritz, ultra-conservative Mormon presidential candidate; Ervil LeBaron's Mormon break-off church, called the Church of the First Born of the Lamb of God; several letters written to CAN (Cult Awareness Network) by Mormon dissidents; polygamists in Colorado City; Clarence St. Pier Leake, who held temple workers hostage; Dan and Ronald Lafferty, charged with murder after joining fundamentalist polygamy sects; issues of the periodical "Exposing Mormonism: The Utah Evangel"; anti-Mormon pamphlets published by various groups; Mark Hoffman; the excommunication of various Mormon scholars/intellectuals in the 1990s; and various other topics. One folder contains printed material on religious toleration published by the Foundation for Religious Freedom in Los Angeles, California.

Dates

  • approximately 1980-1992

Creator

Conditions Governing Access note

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use note

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

Biographical History

Steve Gilliland was a member of the Council for Public Affairs of the LDS Church.

Extent

1 box (0.5 linear ft.)

Language

English

Abstract

Nine files containing miscellaneous material from newspapers and other sources on the LDS Church--mostly negative publicity. Includes articles on LDS prophet Ezra Taft Benson's dissident son, Steve Benson; Bo Gritz, ultra-conservative Mormon presidential candidate; Ervil LeBaron's Mormon break-off church, called the Church of the First Born of the Lamb of God; several letters written to CAN (Cult Awareness Network) by Mormon dissidents; polygamists in Colorado City; Clarence St. Pier Leake, who held temple workers hostage; Dan and Ronald Lafferty, charged with murder after joining fundamentalist polygamy sects; issues of the periodical "Exposing Mormonism: The Utah Evangel"; anti-Mormon pamphlets published by various groups; Mark Hoffman; the excommunication of various Mormon scholars/intellectuals in the 1990s; and various other topics. One folder contains printed material on religious toleration published by the Foundation for Religious Freedom in Los Angeles, California.

Custodial History note

Material was collected by a member of the media affairs committee for the Church of Scientology in southern California and then given to the Council for Public Affairs of the LDS Church. Steve Gilliland and Gaye Smith, both of whom served on the LDS Council, then donated the materials to BYU.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Donated; Steve Gilliland and Gaye Smith.

Appraisal note

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

Processing Information note

Processed; Jana Lloyd, 19th Century Manuscripts Processor.
Title
Register of the Mormon media coverage collection, circa 1980-1992
Status
In Progress
Date
2011
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.
Sponsor
Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

Contact:
1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States