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Jensen, Christen, 1881-1961



  • Existence: 1881 - 1961

Biographical History

Christen Jensen (1881-1961) was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and a teacher and educational administrator in Utah.

Christen Jensen was born on February 4, 1881 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Christen Jensen Sr. and Nel Sina Johnsen. He completed the Normal program at the University of Utah, and then worked as a teacher in Midvale, Riverton, and Pleasant Green, Utah. On August 17, 1904 he married Juliaette Bateman in Salt Lake City; they had two children. He continued his education at the University of Utah, receiving his bachelor's degree in 1907. He then completed a master's degree at Harvard University the following year. In 1908 he joined the faculty at Brigham Young University, and served as chair of the Department of History and Political Science between 1911 and 1949. He took a leave to complete Ph.D. at University of Chicago in 1921. He also filled a variety of leadership positions, including service as dean of College of Applied Science and dean of Graduate School (1929-1949). Jensen was an active member of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint, and served in the Sunday School, as a member of presidency of Utah Stake, and as Patriarch of the Provo East Stake.

Jensen died on August 17, 1961 in Provo, Utah.

Register to the Dr. Christen Jensen Collection, 197-?: t.p., etc. (b. 1881; d. 1961)

The pardoning powers in the American states, 1922: t.p. (Christen Jensen, Ph. D.)

Wikipedia, via WWW, July 15, 2014 (Christen Jensen; American educator who twice served as interim president of Brigham Young University, 1939-1940 and 1949-1951; b. 1881 in Salt Lake City to Christen Jensen Sr. and Nel Sina Johnsen; attended Normal school of the University of Utah; teacher in Midvale, Riverton, and Pleasant Green; m. Juliaette Bateman on Aug. 17, 1904; received his bachelors degree from the University of Utah, 1907; M.A. from Harvard University, 1908; joined BYU faculty, 1908; appointed chair of Department of History and Political Science, 1911-1949; took a leave to complete Ph.D. at University of Chicago; served as dean of College of Applied Science, dean of Graduate School (1929-1949); member of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint; served in Sunday School, member of presidency of Utah Stake, Patriarch of the Provo East Stake; d. 1961), via WWW, July 15, 2014 (Christen Jensen; b. Feb. 4, 1881 in Salt Lake City, Utah; m. Aug. 17, 1904 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Juliaette Bateman, two children; d. Aug. 17, 1961 in Provo, Utah)

Found in 15 Collections and/or Records:

Brigham Young University presidential portraits

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 5333
Scope and Contents

Contains portraits of the presidents of the university from Warren N. Dusenberry to Merrill J. Bateman, excluding Rex E. Lee's portrait. Materials date from between 1875 and 2003.

Dates: 1875-2003

Christian Jensen (acting president), approximately 1910-1953

 File — Box 2: [Barcode: 31197223107035], Folder: 2
Identifier: UA 946 File 7

Graduate School history and mission records

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197233277067]
Identifier: UA 296
Scope and Contents

Contains a brief history by Christen Jensen, and two papers describing the administrative responsibilities and mission of the Graduate School.

Dates: 1949; 1969

Graduate School records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 118

Collection includes correspondence to and from Deans Christen Jensen (1953-1954), George H. Hansen (1954-1957), and A. Smith Pond (1957-1959) concerning the graduate programs, policies and requirements for admittance. Also includes memorandums concerning graduate awards, nominations for honorary degrees and the religious influence and standards of Brigham Young University.

Dates: 1952-1969

Honorary memberships for Brigham Young University presidents

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197231234490]
Identifier: UA 1185
Scope and Contents

Certificates of honorary membership in the Sons of Utah Pioneers for all Brigham Young University presidents from Warren Dusenberry through Cecil O. Samuelson.

Dates: 2005

Japan Society Bulletin, No. 58

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230237833]
Identifier: MSS SC 301
Scope and Contents

Printed article with ms. notations titled "Japanese and Aryans Kin," which Christian Jensen marked and sent to Heber J. Grant and noted: "Pres. Grant, I thought this might be of interest to you, sincerely, C.N. Jensen, B.Y.C."

Dates: 1919

Christen Jensen papers

Identifier: UA 96
Scope and Contents

Collection includes correspondence, reports, memoranda, minutes, and examinations concerning Brigham Young University transfer credits, awards, faculty meetings, graduate school, Franklin S. Harris, Ernest L. Wilkinson, history, political science, and public administration.

Dates: 1903-1961

Office of the President records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 1091
Scope and Contents

Contains alphabetical correspondence, files on colleges and departments, files on prospective faculty, and some budget records. Materials were produced by Christen Jensen during his service as acting president of the university between 1949 and 1951.

Dates: 1949-1951

Office of the President reports

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 726
Scope and Contents

Includes information on enrollment, academic courses and curriculum, finances, buildings, and real estate. Includes reports from Presidents Cluff, Brimhall, Harris, Nuttall (Acting), Jensen (Acting), and McDonald.

Dates: 1892-1949

Oral history interview with Lorna Jensen Harrison

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA OH 133
Scope and Contents

Interview by David Whittaker with Lorna Harrison who recounts her childhood and education in Provo, marriage to Bertrand Harrison, and her association with Brigham Young University. Also talk at length about her parents and their education and association with BYU. Includes transcript and sound recording.

Dates: 1983