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Henrichsen family papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSS 2026

Scope and Contents

Contains photocopies of E.C. Christensen's diary, play, autograph book, and family photographs. Also contains articles by other family members about E.C.'s life, his pottery business, and family history. Diary about E.C.'s later life is handwritten (1917-1926) and includes transcription. E.C. wrote a play entitled "Det Forste Store Drama" of which a complete version was published on his mission in 1905 and a photocopy included in this collection. The photography, circa 1870-1900, represents Provo Knight Woolen Mills, Blacksmith Shop, Brass Band, Henrichsen residence, pottery, and family portraits (photocopies and prints). Articles and secondary sources were written by Lynn and Kirk Henrichsen and Paul C. Singleton.


  • approximately 1868-1990


Conditions Governing Access

Original items Condition restricted; permission to use items must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services. Transcripts open for public use.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Henrichsen family papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

E. C. Henrichsen (1847-1930) was a Danish convert to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a prosperous Utah potter, and a local Church leader. He immigrated in 1871 to the United States, and with his brother, August, established the Provo Pottery Company in 1874. He served two missions for the Church, the first to Denmark and Norway in 1869 and the second to Norway from 1903-1906, where he served as mission president.


1 box (0.5 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Other Finding Aids

Item-level inventory available online.

Custodial History

The collection was donated by two branches of the family first in 1995 and the second in 2001. Much of the collection was created and kept by Erik C. Henrichsen. They were later in the possession of Henrichsen's third child and first son, Ernest C. Henrichsen, then Ernest's oldest son, Clifton E. Henrichsen. The last owner was Clifton's oldest son, Gerald Henrichsen, who donated portions of this collection to BYU. A second group of materials (mainly materials created in the 1920s) came through another line, beginning with one of the senior Henrichsen sons Ernest Christian Henrichsen, his grandsons Lynn and Kirk Henrichsen donated this material.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Lynn Henrichsen, Kirk B. Henrichsen, and Gerald Henrichsen; 2002.


Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.VII, 2007).

Register of Henrichsen family papers
Garrett Schroath
2011 March 22
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