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Moroni L. and Vivian N. Jensen papers

Identifier: MSS 3723

Scope and Contents note

Collection consists of both personal and professional papers of Moroni L. and Vivian N. Jensen. The papers include legislative papers, education papers, correspondence, newspapers, photographs, articles, reports, magazines, pamphlets, and campaign materials. The materials date from between 1950 and 1980, with the bulk from between 1976 and 1980.


  • approximately 1950-1991


Conditions Governing Access note

Open for public research.

Photographs kept in cold storage; access requires 24 hours advance notice.

Conditions Governing Use note

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

Biographical History

Moroni L. Jensen (1912-1980) was an educator and politician in Utah.

Moroni Lundby Jensen was born to Kristiane Graversen and Hans Simon Jensen on January 10, 1912 in Ogden, Utah. He grew up working on a farm and drove a school bus while he was a senior in high school. He graduated from North Sevier High school in 1929 and then attended Brigham Young University (BYU) from 1929 to 1930. He received a normal diploma from Snow College in 1931, and a Bachelor of Science from BYU in 1946. In 1945 he spent eighteen months serving as field director of the American Red Cross in the Philippines, Korea, and Japan.

After receiving his bachelor's degree Jensen began both his educational and political careers in Salina, Utah, as a principal while serving as a city councilman and later on as mayor. In 1950 he left for New York to study at the Teachers College at Columbia University where he would receive his Master's in Art. He was the principal of Cyprus High School during the late 1960s until the early 1970s. He was a member of state and national education associations starting in 1932 and was a life member of the National Education Association starting in 1944 and the Utah Education Association starting in 1963. He was vice president of both Southern Utah Teachers Association and the Utah Education Association.

He was elected as a Utah Representative in 1964 after he served as a city councilman and mayor of Salina, Utah. He served two terms and was then elected to the Utah Senate in 1968. In 1977 he became the president of the Utah Senate. He was a member of many committees including State Democratic Central Committee, the Salt Lake County Democratic Committee, and the Executive Committee of the Western Conference of the Council of State Governments and of the Education Commission of the States. He was also a member of the State Secondary Art Committee and General Central Research Committee.

He married Vivian Nelson on March 8, 1934. They had two children, M. Leon and Jerold L. He was active in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in many callings, including as the president of the seventies quorum in the North Sevier Stake and in the presidency of the Wilford Stake mission. After a life of community service, Jensen died November 8, 1980 of a heart attack.

Biographical History

Vivian N. Jensen (1911-2010) was a teacher and politician in Utah. She was the wife of Moroni L. Jensen.

Vivian Nelson was born April 16, 1911, in Redmond, Utah, to Franklin T. and Annetta Willardsen Nelson. She graduated from North Sevier High School in 1930. She received her teaching degree from Brigham Young University. She married Moroni L. Jensen on March 8, 1934. They had two children. She had a long career in education.

When Moroni died in 1980, she took his place serving in the Utah State Legislature. After this, she continued to campaign, and served for an additional term in 1982. She died February 21, 2010.


1 half box (0.25 linear ft.)

1 folder (0.08 linear feet)

1 oversize box ((0.75 linear ft.) )

1 box ((0.5 linear ft.) )

13 cartons (13 linear feet)

Language of Materials



The Moroni L. and Vivian Jensen collection consists of both personal and professional papers. The papers include legislative papers, education papers, correspondence, newspapers, photographs, articles, reports, magazines, pamphlets, and campaign materials, circa 1950-1980, bulk 1976-1980. This collection also contains a folder with two large portraits of Utah Senator Moroni L. Jensen, circa 1980.

Arrangement note

Arranged in two series: 1. Moroni L. Jensen political papers, 1950-1980. 2. Vivian N. Jensen political papers, 1980-1991.

The materials in the series were left in their original order.

Custodial History note

Donated by Vivian Jensen, wife of Moroni L. Jensen, in 1981. Additional material donated by Jerry Jensen in 2010.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Donated; Vivian Jensen; 1981.

Additional materials donated; Jerry Jensen; 2010.

Appraisal note

Utah political history (20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy II.B.5.I).

Processing Information note

Processed; Melissa Cowles, student processor and John Murphy, curator; 2008.

Register of Moroni L. and Vivian N. Jensen papers
Melissa Cowles, student processor, Elizabeth Ballif, student processor, and John Murphy, curator
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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