Steven L. Mayfield papers

Steven L. Mayfield papers

Dates: 1970-2013

Contains a collection of media forms, including cassette tapes, videotapes, newspaper and magazine articles, and webpages that are all related in some way to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Collection provides an insight into the Church in popular media. Also included in the collection are recordings of various organizations and publications that are anti-Mormon in nature, or else intellectually exploratory in Mormon doctrine, particularly in the Sunstone Symposium. The recordings cover a broad range of controversial issues inside and outside of the Church, including gay rights, polygamy, racism in the Church, feminism, tolerance in the Church, free speech, issues of church and state, cultism, early Mormon history, and the Church hierarchy. Materials dated 1970-2013.

  • Extent: 95 cartons (95 linear ft.). -- 2 boxes (1 linear ft.). -- 27 media boxes (17.82 linear ft.). -- 2 oversize boxes (1 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Mayfield, Steven L.
  • Call Number: MSS 3088
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602;
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
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Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Steven L. Mayfield papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS 3088; Steven L. Mayfield papers; 20th-21st Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 3088, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated by Steven L. Mayfield in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2016.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Steven L. Mayfield; 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2016.
Other Finding Aids
Box-level inventory available online.
Subject Terms
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Religion; Mormon Church--Controversial literature; Sunstone Symposium; Mayfield, Steven L.; Mayfield, Steven L.--Archives; Martin, Walter, 1928-1989; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints--Controversial literature
Genre / Form
Newspapers; Audiocassettes; Videotapes; Publications
Processing Information
Processed; Amanda Clark; student manuscript processor, and John Murphy, curator; 2007. Processed; Glenda Ainsworth; student manuscript processor, and John Murphy, curator; 2009. Processed; Audrey Spainhower, student manuscript processor, and John Murphy, curator; 2010. Processed; Susana Zubeldia, student manuscript processor, 2016.
Appraisal Information
Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy 5.VII, August 2007). A member of the LDS Church, Steven L. Mayfield collected newspaper clippings related to the church and recorded meetings of anti-Mormon organizations.
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Finding Aid Title
Mayfield (Steven L.) papers
Finding Aid Author
John M. Murphy, curator, and Amanda Clark, Glendalynn Ainsworth, Audrey Spainhower, Susana Zubeldia, student manuscript processors
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2017-01-10 16:07:49 -0700.
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Biographical Info:

Biographical History

Steven L. Mayfield (1952-) is a Mormon law enforcement officer and document collector in Utah. Mayfield was born in 1952, and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. A member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he served as a missionary in Colorado and Nebraska. After his mission, he worked as a file clerk for the Federal Bureau of Investigation in San Francisco between 1973 and 1977. He then attended college at Weber State College in Ogden, Utah, graduating with a bachelor's degree in police science in 1980. After graduation, Mayfield worked as a deputy sheriff in Jefferson County, Colorado for nearly ten years before taking a position as a crime scene investigator with the Salt Lake City Police Department. While there, he worked under George Throckmorton, and assisted with a number of cases involving historical documents. He has also been involved with the Mormon History Association, Sunstone, and the Utah State Historical Society.

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Curator - 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts