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A. Sherman Christensen Journals

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1923

Scope and Contents

From the Collection:

Contains diaries, professional and private correspondence, speeches, essays, poetry, and histories. The materials relate to Christensen's personal life and to his work as a lawyer and as a jurist. Also includes private correspondence, primarily between Christensen and other family members, especially his wife, Lois.


  • 1920-1995


Conditions Governing Access

Restricted until 2020; permission to use material must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Biographical History

From the Collection:

A. Sherman Christensen (1905-1996) was a Mormon district judge in Utah.

Albert Sherman Christensen was born on June 9, 1905 in Manti, Utah to Albert H. Christensen and Jennie Snow. He grew up in Provo, Utah, where he attended Brigham Young University between 1923 and 1927. Christensen married Louis Bowen on April 4, 1927, and they had three children. The couple moved east shortly after their marriage, where Christensen attended the National University School of Law. During this time he also worked as a business specialist at the United States Department of Commerce.

After graduation in 1931, Christensen returned to Provo to practice law. During World War II he served in the United States Naval Reserve, reaching the rank of lieutenant commander, and returned to civilian life and his practice in 1945. He was appointed a district judge for the 10th Circuit in Salt Lake City in 1954, the first Mormon to hold such a post. After a distinguished judicial career, Christensen retired in 1996. He died on August 13, 1996 in Provo, Utah.


From the Collection: 4 oversize boxes (2.25 linear ft.)

From the Collection: 32 cartons (32 linear ft.)

From the Collection: 29 boxes (14.5 linear ft.)

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