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John L. Sorenson unfinished anthropological work, approximately 1955-2013

 Series — Box: 4, Folder: 11-23
Identifier: MSS 3977 Series 4

Scope and Contents

Contains the unfinished anthropological work of John L. Sorenson. Includes data, correspondence, and reports on the topics of the Book of Mormon, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and Utah, as well as research Sorenson intended for further study or publication, but did not. Dated from 1955 to 2013.


  • approximately 1955-2013


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 the John L. Sorenson papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.

Biographical / Historical

From the Collection:

John L. Sorenson (born 1924-) is an emeritus professor of anthropology at Brigham Young University and the author of several books and articles on the Book of Mormon and anthropology.

John L. Sorenson was born on April 8, 1924 in Smithfield, Utah. He went on to serve in the U.S Army Air Corps from 1942 to 1955, where he attained the rank of first lieutenant, and was decorated with a Victory medal, a South Atlantic Theater arm patch, and a Good Conduct medal. He married Kathryn Richards in November 1946, and then served as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in New Zealand, Rarotonga, and the Cook Islands from 1947-1949. Sorenson studied radio engineering and meteorology at several different universities before obtaining a masters degree in Archaeology from Brigham Young University in 1952 and a Doctor of Philosophy with an emphasis in Social Anthropology from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1962. Professionally, Sorenson has served in many different capacities after working as a professor of Anthropolgy at BYU, such as Chair of the Department of Anthropology and University Studies, and acting as a Social Science Librarian. He also took part in many faculty committees and served in many different special functions at BYU. Sorenson is the author of a great number of published articles and research papers on the topics of anthropology and the Book of Mormon, has worked as the director of two research groups, and has worked as an archaeologist at the New World Archaeological Foundation. He is an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and has served in many callings within the Church. After Kathryn's death in 1991, he married Helen Christianson in 1993.


12 folders

Language of Materials


Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States