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C. C. A. Christensen photographs and transparencies of paintings

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS P 188

Scope and Contents

Collection includes photographs and transparencies of paintings done by C.C.A. Christensen between the 1870s and the 1900s. Also includes a copy print and corresponding negative. Includes images of Latter-day Saint pioneers.


  • approximately 1870-1900


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research. Items kept in cold storage; access requires 24 hours advance notice.

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 Reference Services at

Biographical / Historical

C.C.A. Christensen was born on November 28, 1831, in Copenhagen, Denmark to parents Dorthea Christiane Tranum Christensen and Mads Christensen. He married Elise Rosalia Sternhjem Scheel Haarby in Liverpool, Lancashire England, United Kingdom with whom he had 7 children. They later migrated to Utah where he married Maren Frederikke "Mary" Pettersen who he also had 7 children with. He studied at the Royal Academy of Art in Copenhagen from 1847 to 1853. He served three Scandinavian missions for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and taught Danish and drawing at Sanpete Stake Academy today known as Snow College. Christensen was the editor for Utah's Danish and Norwegian newspaper and later worked in the church history department. He was a well-known painter and was known most famously for his painting entitled "Mormon Panorama." He died on July 3, 1912, in Ephraim, Utah.


2 folders (0.08 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Materials were donated to L. Tom Perry Special Collections by Wesley Burnside and Rhea Madsen Wernz in 1978.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Welsey Burnside, Rhea Madsen Wernz; 1978.


Photographs (Photograph Archives).

Related Materials

See also the Notes on the Life of Carl Christian Anton Christensen (MSS SC 1092), and the C.C.A. Christensen autobiographies and biographies (MSS SC 1127).

Processing Information

Processed; Anne Ashton; June 2022. Updated finding aid for DACS compliance and accuracy. Rehoused photographs to plastic sleeves for preservation.

Register of C. C. A. Christensen photographs and transparencies of paintings
Under Revision
Lucy Brimhall
2013 April 11
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