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Christiansen, John R.



  • Existence: 1927 - 2001

Biographical History

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.

Deseret News, via WWW, Sep. 14, 2018 (b. Aug. 17, 1927 in Wales, Utah; p. Elray Lavar and Lewella Ann Rees Christiansen; U.S. Navy 1945 to 1947; Utah State University bachelor's degree 1949, master's degree 1952; University of Wisconsin doctorate degree in sociology 1955; m. Lucele Kartchner Christiansen Sep. 18, 1951 in Logan, Utah; five children; University of Kentucky two years; Brigham Young University faculty; d. Mar. 16, 2001 in Provo, Utah)

UPB MSS4116, Sep. 14, 2018 (retirement 1997; numerous research grants; forty-two books and pamphlets; over seventy articles)

Found in 6 Collections and/or Records:

Carol C. Pope sound recordings, 1982-1983

 Series — Box 26: Series 4 [Barcode: 31197239247650]
Identifier: MSS 4116 Series 4
Scope and Contents

Contains audiocassettes recorded by Carol C. Pope detailing her experience as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Japan from January 1982 to July 1983. Recordings include messages in both English and Japanese. She focuses on mission arrangement and rules, Japanese culture and traditions, and interaction with church members and those studying the church. Also includes recordings from Carol C. Pope's family as correspondence with her.

Dates: 1982-1983

John R. Christiansen family papers

Identifier: MSS 4116
Scope and Contents Contains materials regarding John R. Christiansen's professional career in sociology, including interviews, course materials, publications, research, and other materials. Materials cover various topics including emergency preparedness, nuclear war survival, and books John R. Christiansen donated to Brigham Young University, as well as information regarding John R. Christiansen's membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Collection also contains material documenting the...
Dates: 1804-2008

Department of Sociology records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 554
Scope and Contents

Includes records and correspondence of the department chair, department meeting minutes, general department information, and a brief history of the department, 1906-1954.

Dates: 1940-1970

History of the Mormon Church

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230328905]
Identifier: MSS SC 2857
Scope and Contents

Genealogies, photocopies of handwritten diaries and articles, family histories, and maps bound in one volume. The materials relate to the Christiansen family members who joined the Mormon Church in Denmark and migrated to Utah. The diaries are by Parley Christiansen (1857-1930), Niels Christian Christiansen (1817-1899), and Christian Christensen (1790-1871) and relate to their conversion to Mormonism, their journey to Utah, and their lives there.

Dates: approximately 1900

John R. Christiansen papers, 1941-1995

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 4116 Series 1
Scope and Contents

Contains materials created by John R. Christiansen as well as other materials he used in research or collected for his work as a sociologist. Includes Books, research papers, manuals, worksheets, talks, bulletins, dissertations, annual reports, photographs, correspondence, and other publications. Many of the materials are related to civil defense and nuclear war survival. Some other topics of the papers include farming, statistics from Kentucky and central Utah, and emergency preparation.

Dates: 1941-1995

Lucele K. Christiansen papers, 1949-2008

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 4116 Series 3
Scope and Contents

Contains materials created by Lucele K. Christiansen regarding her life as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1949 to 1951 and regarding family life in later years. Includes journals, photographs, a life story, and a scrapbook. Materials primarily deal with the details of daily life, church subjects, interaction with family, and interaction with friends and acquaintances.

Dates: 1949-2008

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