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Marlena Tanya Muchnick papers

Identifier: MSS 3253

Scope and Contents

Contains books, manuscripts, letters, posters, CDs, videocassettes, and various other materials pertaining to Muchnick's life and career. Includes information on her conversion to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, her work as an author and lecturer, and her family and friends. Materials date from between 1948 and 2012.


  • 1948-2012


Language of Materials

Materials are in German and English.

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 use material from this collection must be obtained from the Reference Services at

Biographical History

Marlena Tanya Muchnick was born in Canton, Ohio, on August 22, 1940, to Moshe (Morris) Muchnick and Hannah (Ann) Simkovitz. Until she was four, Marlena lived in Cleveland, Ohio with her family. After that time her family relocated to California and lived near Beverly Hills. Marlena's brother, Mark Laurence Muchnick, was born March 1, 1947. At the beginning of Marlena's teenage years her family moved to the San Fernando Valley where she attended Birmingham High School. Marlena graduated from Birmingham in February 1958 with an emphasis in journalism.

After high school Marlena attended Valley Junior College in Los Angeles where she obtained her associate's degree in general studies. She later studied linguistics and creative writing at San Diego State University. She has since received her English as a Second Language certificate.

Marlena has lived in Ohio, California, Nevada, Texas, Arkansas, Oregon, Washington, and Mexico. She has also worked various jobs. She has worked at hospitals, taught remedial English at San Diego State University, worked for the Resettlement Center in San Diego, taught English to Ethiopian refugees, and sold insurance. She has had secretarial jobs and worked in retirement homes as a Certified Nursing Assistant. Marlena retired in 2001. Marlena joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on April 6, 1988. Her brother Mark introduced Marlena to the Church. Before her baptism, she was Jewish. She is now an inspirational speaker and author who discusses the connections between Judaism and Mormonism. Both Marlena and her brother Mark reside in Seattle, Washington.


3 folders (0.3 linear ft.)

11 boxes (5.5 linear ft.)


Arranged into seven series: 1. Marlena Tanya Muchnick publications, 1987-2005. 2. Marlena Tanya Muchnick speeches and addresses, 1988-2006. 3. Marlena Tanya Muchnick correspondence, 1988-2004. 4. Marlena Tanya Muchnick research, 1991-2002. 5. Marlena Tanya Muchnick promotions, undated. 6. Marlena Tanya Muchnick photographs, 1948-2005. 7. Marlena Tanya Muchnick ephemera, 2000-2009.

Custodial History

Donated by Marlena Muchnick in 2006, 2009, and 2013.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Marlena Muchnick; 2006, 2009, and 2013.


LDS, Utah, and Western American Women (20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy 5.V, August, 2007).


box 603

Processing Information

Processed; Elizabeth Ann Tanner, student manuscript processor, Connie Lamb, librarian, and John M. Murphy, curator; 2006.

Processed; Elizabeth Ballif, student manuscript processor; 2010.

Processed; Margaret Weddle, student manuscript processor; 2014.

Processing Information

Processed; Jamie Wiser; 2022. Series 1 and 2 updated to include six computer discs that have been digitized for preservation and access.

Register of Marlena Tanya Muchnick papers
Under Revision
Elizabeth Ann Tanner, and Elizabeth Ballif, student manuscript processors, Connie Lamb, librarian, and John Murphy, curator
2010 May 24
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