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Parley Christiansen journals

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 3890

Scope and Contents

Parley Christiansen journals, biographies, certificates, photographs and family histories--all photocopies. Journal topics include LDS priesthood ordinance instructions, mission statistical reports and experiences in the Northwestern States Mission, attacks by Native Americans, and his work in the Irrigation Company and Church leadership experiences, 1887-1897.


  • 1887-1897


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 publish material from Parley Christiansen journals must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Parley Christiansen (1857-1930) was a member of the Quorum of the Seventy of the LDS church.

Parley Christiansen was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, on December 7, 1857 to parents from Denmark. He moved to Spanish Fork in 1858. He was baptized into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on October 27, 1867. In 1876 he was called to build a town called Brigham City in Arizona--it was later abandoned. He only received three months of formal education, but taught himself to read, write and use a typewriter. He married Dorothea Christine Jensen Skow on April 21, 1881 in Salt Lake City. They had eight children: Dorothea, Mette, Edna, Nels, Junius, Elray and Aaron and a daughter who died at birth. Parley served as a member of the Quorum of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He served a mission for the Church in the Northwestern States from 1887 to 1888. He passed away in Mayfield, Utah, on May 17, 1930.


1 cubic Feet (0.5 linear ft.)

1 oversize folder (0.3 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Donated by John Christiansen in 1988 and 1993.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; John Christiansen; 1988 and 1993.


19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts.

Register of Parley Christiansen journals
Heather Christine Broomhead and Karen Glenn, student processors, and John Murphy, curator
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