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Mark Hofmann papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 3291

Scope and Contents

Contains two historical documents (late 19th century) acquired by Hofmann during his LDS mission in England. Also includes notes taken by Hoffman during his mission, mostly containing references to gospel doctrines and contains a letter to Hoffman's wife, Doralee Olds Hofmann, related to selling manuscripts. Later installment includes Carbon County court documents and other items related to forgeries.


  • 1878-1987


Language of Materials

Materials are in 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 publish material from Mark Hofmann papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Mark Hofmann (1954- ) is most well known for his forgeries of manuscripts, especially those related to early leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He successfully sold some of his forged documents to the Church. However, his forgeries were later suspected and then revealed and confirmed after police searched his home following his arrest for murdering two people.


3 folders (0.10 linear ft.)

Custodial History

Papers were transferred various times before being donated to the L. Tom Perry Special Collections by Brent Ashworth.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Brent Ashworth; 2001.


19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.

Related Materials

Part of the Bette B. Ashworth memorial collection.
Register of Mark Hofmann papers
Andrea Wyss
2011 March 15
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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