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John C. Swensen papers

 Collection — Carton: 1
Identifier: MSS 6772

Scope and Contents

Contains histories, correspondence and other ephemera that pertains to his personal, professional and church life. Much of the collection refers to Stanford University where he attended. Brigham Young Academy/University is mentioned throughout as he attended school there as well as taught. John C. was very involved in pedagogy which is reflected through these papers. Much of the collection consists of letters from prior students of John C. Swensen. Writings of his autobiography are also included. The collection dates from 1848-1953.


  • 1848-1953


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 John C. Swensen personal and professional papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

John C. Swensen (1869- )was a teacher at Brigham Young Academy, and was well known for his excellent teaching of Economics and Sociology.

John Canute Swensen was born on February 4, 1869 in Pleasant Grove to Knud and Johanna Marie Hansen Swensen. His parents were born in Denmark and had immigrated to the United States. John C. was the fourth of five children. He married to Margaret Davis on June 21, 1899; they had ten children. John C. had early experiences with farming. He served a six week mission to Park City. He then began his teaching career in Panguitch, Utah, in 1889. John C. later received the A.B. at Stanford University and later obtaind an M.A. at Columbia University. He received instruction from the early sociologists of America. He was devoted in his teaching. He began teaching at Brigham Young Academy in 1898. He was a greatly esteemed professor of Economics and Sociology. He died on August 30, 1953.


1 carton (1 linear ft.)



Custodial History

Donated by Albert Swensen in 1988.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Albert Swensen; 1988.


19th and 20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts because of collection development policy because of 5.VI "Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history."

Related Materials

Teacher Education records, 1973-1995 (UA 1245).

Program of the dedication of the John C. Swensen Lecture Hall in the Joseph F. Smith Family Living Center, 1961 (UA 107).

Papers, 1956 (UA 108).

Autobiography of John Canute Swenson (February 4, 1869-August 30, 1953) (BX 8608 .A1a no.3656).

Autobiography (BX 8670.1 .Sw42a).

Autobiography of John Canute Swensen: taken from notes and writing left by John C. Swensen (UA 108).

Pedagogical history of the Brigham Young University class of 1893 (BX 8670 .B762 1893).

Local history term papers, 1924 (UA 30).

Letters, 1904 (MSS SC 2375).

Papers, 1895-1898 (UA 109).

Funeral service John C. Swensen (BX 8670 .A1a no.24).

Fourth annual leadership week, Brigham Young University, January 26-30, 1925 (BX 8608 .B76l 1925).

Processing Information

Processed; Katie Connors, student processor; John Murphy, curator; 2009.

Register of John C. Swensen papers
Katie Connors, student processor, and John Murphy, curator
12 March 2009
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