Skip to main content

Alma Christiansen papers

Identifier: MSS P 492

Scope and Contents

Contains approximately 550 glass plate and nitrate negatives and 50 35mm film strips of images taken by early 20th century Pleasant Grove citizen Alma Christiansen. Also includes corresponding black and white prints of these negatives, printed in 2021. Photograph subjects include Alma's family and neighbors, views of Pleasant Grove from his neighborhood, and Mt. Timpanogas and the surrrounding valley. Dated approximately 1912 to 1925. Also includes a photocopied bound volume of a family history, which includes Alma's photographs with corresponding captions and contextual narrative, dated 1985.


  • approximately 1912-1935
  • 1985


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 Reference Services at

Biographical / Historical

Alma Christiansen was born April 10, 1876, in Pleasant Grove, Utah. He married Matilda Anderson in 1902 and together they had three children, Mildred, Rhodin, and Malcolm. They also raised their neice, Ruby. In 1912, Alma purchased a Kodak Premo Camera, one of the best amateur cameras available at that time. He began taking and developing photographs in his own darkroom, mainly between 1912 to 1925. His photography subjects were of landscapes around his home, neighbors, family members, and Mt. Timpanagos and the surrounding valley.


1 box (0.5 linear ft.)

1 folder (0.01 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Materials arranged in the order printed.

Custodial History

Donated by Dennis Smith in 1985. Original photographs returned to the family.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Dennis Smith; 1985.


Photographs (Photograph Archives).

Processing Information

Processed; Ivy Griffiths; May 2022.

Register of Alma Christiansen papers
In Progress
Ivy Griffiths
2022 April 27
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