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De Lamar Jensen faculty papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 9478

Scope and Contents

Collection contains journals, photographs, artwork, notes, correspondence, meeting minutes, unpublished written works, teaching materials and newsletters, mostly related to Christopher Columbus and the quincentennial commemorations of his arrival in the Americas. Includes curriculum materials on Columbus, study abroad itinerates and schedules for Portugal, Spain, and Italy, and memorandums regarding BYU's commemoration event. Materials dated 1978-1992.


  • 1978-1992


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 use material from this collection must be obtained from Reference Services at

Biographical / Historical

De Lamar Jensen was born on April 22, 1925, in Idaho to Jacob A. Jensen and Johanna Petersen. He grew up in northern Utah and southern Idaho and served as a fighter pilot during World War II. After the war he began his studies at Brigham Young University and then worked for a year as a high school physics teacher in Idaho. A member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he served as a missionary in Mexico and Guatemala. After his mission he returned to Brigham Young University, earning his bachelor's degree in history. He then went on to earn a master's and Ph.D. in history from Columbia University.

Jensen returned to Utah to join the History Department at Brigham Young University in 1957, focusing his research on early modern Europe. During his time in the department, he served as department chair from 1968 to 1973. From 1991 to 1992, he served on BYU's Columbus Quincentennial Committee and in 1992 he gave several lectures about Christopher Columbus to commemorate the quincentennial arrival of Columbus to the Americas. Jensen retired from the university in 1992, and as of 2023, resides in Provo, Utah.


1 box (0.5 linear ft.)

1 half box (0.25 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

All materials were created or gathered by De Lamar Jensen, who donated the materials in 2021.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; De Lamar Jensen; 2021.


Professional Papers Program Collection Development Policy V.b.v.4.

Processing Information

Processed; Sydney Gee; September 2023.

Register of De Lamar Jensen faculty papers
In Progress
Sydney Gee
2023 September 25
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