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Sorenson, John L.

 Person

Dates

  • Existence: 1924-

Biographical History

John L. Sorenson (born 1924) is an emeritus professor of anthropology at Brigham Young University and the author of several books and articles on the Book of Mormon and anthropology.

John L. Sorenson was born on April 8, 1924 in Smithfield, Utah. He went on to serve in the U.S Army Air Corps from 1942 to 1955, where he attained the rank of first lieutenant, and was decorated with a Victory medal, a South Atlantic Theater arm patch, and a Good Conduct medal. He married Kathryn Richards in November 1946, and then served as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in New Zealand, Rarotonga, and the Cook Islands from 1947-1949. Sorenson studied radio engineering and meteorology at several different universities before obtaining a masters degree in Archaeology from Brigham Young University in 1952 and a Doctor of Philosophy with an emphasis in Social Anthropology from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1962. Professionally, Sorenson has served in many different capacities after working as a professor of Anthropolgy at BYU, such as Chair of the Department of Anthropology and University Studies, and acting as a Social Science Librarian. He also took part in many faculty committees and served in many different special functions at BYU. Sorenson is the author of a great number of published articles and research papers on the topics of anthropology and the Book of Mormon, has worked as the director of two research groups, and has worked as an archaeologist at the New World Archaeological Foundation. He is an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and has served in many callings within the Church. After Kathryn's death in 1991, he married Helen Christianson in 1993.

Citation

via UPB Files, accessed Aug. 20, 2019 (emeritus professor of anthropology at Brigham Young University; the author of several books and articles on the Book of Mormon and anthropology; born April 8, 1924 in Smithfield, Utah; went on to serve in the U.S Army Air Corps from 1942 to 1955; attained the rank of first lieutenant; was decorated with a Victory medal, a South Atlantic Theater arm patch, and a Good Conduct medal; studied radio engineering and meteorology at several different universities before obtaining a Master of Arts degree in Archeology from Brigham Young University in 1952 and a Doctor of Philosophy with an emphasis in Social Anthropology from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1962; has served in many different capacities after working as a professor of Anthropolgy at BYU; Chair of the Department of Anthropology and University Studies; Social Science Librarian; took part in many faculty committees and served in many different special functions at BYU; author of a great number of published articles and research papers on the topics of anthropology and the Book of Mormon; worked as the director of two research groups; worked as an archeologist at the New World Archeological Foundation; an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints; served in many callings within the Church).

fairmormon.org/testimonies/scholars/john-l-sorenson, via WWW, accessed February 10, 2020 (married Kathryn Richards in Nov. 1946; served mission from 1947 to 1949; married Helen Christianson in 1993).

Found in 7 Collections and/or Records:

John L. Sorenson articles and drafts, approximately 1951-2012

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 3977 Series 1
Scope and Contents Contains materials related to the publications of John L. Sorenson, such as articles, and drafts of articles written by Sorenson and others on the topics of the Book of Mormon, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Utah, and archaeology in the Americas. Dated from 1951 to 2012.
Dates: approximately 1951-2012

John L. Sorenson reminiscences, approximately 1950-2019

 Series — Box: 4, Folder: 1-10
Identifier: MSS 3977 Series 3
Scope and Contents Contains the reminiscences of John L. Sorenson, including correspondence, reports, and other papers. Published articles are related to the Book of Mormon and archaeology in the Americas. Business correspondence relates to his professional activities at Brigham Young University and with the New World Archaeological Foundation. Dated from 1950 to 2019.
Dates: approximately 1950-2019

John L. Sorenson sesquicentennial history, approximately 1973-1979

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 3977 Series 2
Scope and Contents Contains research materials created by John L. Sorenson for a volume he was contracted to produce for the Sesquicentennial, a social and cultural history produced by the History Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Sesquicentennial history series was cancelled, and his volume never finished. Dated from 1973 to 1979.
Dates: approximately 1973-1979

John L. Sorenson unfinished anthropological work, approximately 1955-2013

 Series — Box: 4, Folder: 11-23
Identifier: MSS 3977 Series 4
Scope and Contents Contains the unfinished anthropological work of John L. Sorenson. Includes data, correspondence, and reports on the topics of the Book of Mormon, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and Utah, as well as research Sorenson intended for further study or publication, but did not. Dated from 1955 to 2013.
Dates: approximately 1955-2013

Mesoamerican C-14 dates revised

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS SC 613
Scope and Contents Photocopy of a typescript. This paper was delivered at the Mesoamerican seminar at Brigham Young University on 19 Feb. 1976.
Dates: 1976

John L. Sorenson correspondence

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS SC 2836
Scope and Contents Typewritten and handwritten correspondence. The materials are to and from various archaeologists at numerous universities and colleges in the United States. Sorenson corresponds about issues relating to the Indians of South and Central America and the archaeolgy of those regions.
Dates: 1953-1975

John L. Sorenson papers

 Collection
Identifier: MSS 3977
Scope and Contents Contains materials related to the professional activities of John L. Sorenson, which include articles and drafts of articles which he published on the topic of the Book of Mormon, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Utah, and anthropology. Also included is preparatory work and research for Sorenson's volume in the "Sesquicentennial" series produced by the Church Historical Department, and reminiscences related to his occupations at Brigham Young University, composed of...
Dates: approximately 1930-2019; Majority of material found within 1951-2012