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Janet Jenson biographies

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 8184

Scope and Contents

Contains two biographies, compiled by Jenson, about her parents, Ralph W. Jenson and Helen Harris Jenson. The volumes discuss their lives and heritage. Materials date from between 1984 and 2000.


  • 1984-2000


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 Janet Jenson biographies must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Janet Jenson (born 1937) is Mormon librarian and cataloger in Utah.

Janet Jenson was born April 10, 1937 in Athens, Georgia to Ralph William and Helen Harris Jenson, the first of their four children. She attended Brigham Young University, receiving a bachelor's degree in English and a master's degree in history and religion. She then worked at at the Church Historian's Office, taking some time off to complete a Master's of Library Science at Columbia University. After leaving church employment, she served in the Peace Corps and as a librarian at the Harold B. Lee Library at Brigham Young University. She currently lives in Spanish Fork, Utah.

Biographical History

Helen Harris Jenson (1915-2003) was a Mormon woman.

Helen Harris Jenson was born on December 26, 1915 in Logan, Utah to Franklin Stewart and Frankie Estella Spilsbury Harris. She was raised in Logan and Provo, Utah. She married her husband, Ralph W. Jenson, on May 21, 1936 in the Salt Lake Temple, and together they had four children. They lived in Georgia, Utah, and California. She died on June 22, 2003 in Spanish Fork, Utah.

Biographical History

Ralph W. Jenson (1910-1988) was an American printer and photographer.

Ralph William Jenson was born on April 12, 1910 in Ogden, Utah to David Jenson and Emma Anderson Jenson, and raised in Utah. He studied architecture for a while in New York City and other places, before returning to Brigham Young University to pursue his education. On May 20, 1936 he married Helen Harris in the Salt Lake Temple, and they had four children. He then pursued a career as a printer, photographer, and other odd jobs in places including Georgia and California. He died May 9, 1988 in Walnut Creek, California.


2 folders (0.1 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Maintained in original order.

Custodial History

Donated by Janet Jenson in 2011.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Janet Jenson; 2011.


LDS, Utah, and Western American women (20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.V, 2007).

Contains two biographies on Mormon people who lived in Utah.

Processing Information

Processed; Kelsey Samuelsen, student manuscript processor, and John M. Murphy, curator; 2013.

Register of the Janet Jenson biographies
Kelsey Samuelsen, student manuscripts processor, and John M. Murphy, curator.
5 April 2013
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