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A. Sherman Christensen papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1923

Scope and Contents

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

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.


4 oversize boxes (2.25 linear ft.)

32 cartons (32 linear ft.)

29 boxes (14.5 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Other Finding Aids

Register of the A. Sherman Christensen papers, 1920-1995 available in Special Collections Reference and on the Internet.

Other Finding Aids

File-level inventory available online.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Harvard Heath; 1996.


Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.VII, 2007).

Register of A. Sherman Christensen papers
Garrett Schroath
2011 April 23
Description rules
Language of description
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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