Photograph of the Mark Hofmann family

Photograph of the Mark Hofmann family

Dates: 1984

This collection contains one portrait of Mark Hoffman's family in 1984. In the picture are Mark and Doralee Hoffman and their children--Michael (3 1/2 years), Karen (2 years), and Lisa (3 months).

  • Extent: 1 folder (0.08 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Hofmann, Mark
  • Call Number: MSS 3722
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; Photograph Archives; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602;
  • Access Restrictions: Open to public access; Kept in cold storage; access requires 24 hours advance notice.
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It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Photograph of the Mark Hoffman family must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS 3722; Photograph of the Mark Hoffman family; Photograph Archives; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 3722, LTPSC.
Custodial History
These items were received by Special Collections in 1997.
Acquisition Information
Purchased; 1997.
Related Material
These materials are part of the Photo Archives.
Subject Terms
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints--Forgery; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints--History; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints--Manuscripts; Hofmann, Mark; Forgery--United States--Case studies; Literary forgeries and mystifications--History; Utah
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Physical Location
L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah 84602.
Appraisal Information
Photographs (Photograph Archives).
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Finding Aid Title
Hofmann (Mark) family, Photograph of the
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Abe Austin
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2014-01-05T04:28-0700
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Biographical/Historical note

Mark William Hofmann (born in 1954), a disaffected member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, was a prolific counterfeiter who murdered two people in Salt Lake City, Utah. He is currently serving a prison sentence at the Utah State Prison in Draper, Utah. Hofmann is widely regarded as one of the most successful forgers in history. He forged many documents that would have been important to the LDS church, including the "Salamander Letter." He married Doralee Olds in the Salt Lake Temple in 1979. They had four children and then divorced in 1988.

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