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Christiansen family papers, 1804-1966

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 4116 Series 2

Scope and Contents

Collection of materials assembled by John R. Christiansen on his ancestors. Most of the materials concern Bishop Robert Lewis Johnson or the John Evans Rees family, of which Christiansen is a direct descendant. Some of the letters to Bishop Johnson were correspondence with prominent leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Materials include correspondence, postcards, photographs, ledgers, receipts, checks, poetry, claims, newspaper articles, business cards, deeds, legal papers, books, clothing accessory items, business cards, and financial related papers.


  • 1804-1966


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

Biographical History

From the Collection:

John R. Christiansen (1927-2001) was a professor of sociology and social work at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.

John Rees Christiansen was born in Wales, Utah, on August 17, 1927 to Elray Lavar and Lewella Ann Rees Christiansen. He served as an Aviation Cadet in the U.S. Navy from 1945 to 1947. He earned a bachelor's degree from Utah State University in 1949 and a master's degree in 1952, and he received a doctorate degree in sociology from the University of Wisconsin in 1955. John R. Christiansen married Lucele Kartchner Christiansen on September 18, 1951 in Logan, Utah. Together they had five children. He lectured at the University of Kentucky for two years before becoming a member of the Brigham Young University faculty, gaining full professorial status in 1964. Christiansen stayed on as professor of sociology and social work until his retirement in 1997. Throughout his career, he received numerous research grants, wrote forty-two books and pamphlets, and published and presented over seventy articles. John R. Christiansen passed away on March 16, 2001 at his home in Provo, Utah.


3 cartons

3 boxes

1 oversize folder

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