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Christian P. Christiansen autograph book

 Item — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 5966

Scope and Contents note

Contains fifty-four photocopied leaves of an autograph book belonging to Christiansen, who compiled the book in 1887 while serving time in the Utah Territorial Penitentiary for practicing plural marriage. The book includes autographs, comments, and well wishes of fellow prisoners many of whom also reaffirm their faith in the practice of plural marriage. The materials are dated from April 7, 1887 to August 5, 1887.


  • 1887


Conditions Governing Access note

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use note

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

Biographical History

Christian Peter Christiansen (1838-1918) practiced plural marriage.

Christian Peter Christiansen was born on August 18, 1838 in Lindholm, Aalborg, Denmark. On October 30, 1860 he married Kirstine Marie Murman in Veggerby, Denmark. In subsequent years he came to Utah where he practiced plural marriage and wed four additional women. In 1887 he served time in the Utah Territory Penitentiary for violation of the Edmunds-Tucker Act which prohibited the practice of plural marriage as well as cohabitation. Christian P. Christiansen died on July 20, 1918 in Monroe, Sevier, Utah.


1 folder (0.05 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



54 photocopied leaves of an autograph book belonging to Christian P. Christiansen.

Custodial History note

Donated by Rick Erickson in 1988.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Donated; Rick Erickson; 1988.

Appraisal note

LDS cultural, social, and religious history (Collection development policy of 19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts, August 2007).

Processing Information note

Processed; Meghan Mathews; 23 October 2007.

Register of Christian P. Christiansen autograph book
Meghan Mathews and Karen Glenn, student processors; 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