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Department of History chair records, approximately 1963-1972

Identifier: UA 577 Series 6

Scope and Contents

Includes correspondence, memos and proposals, some about the faculty, graduate students, and budgets produced during the administration of De Lamar Jensen.


  • approximately 1963-1972


Conditions Governing Access

Restricted. Closed for 35 years from the date of creation of the records, and thereafter open to the public in accordance with the University Archives Policy.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Administrative History

The Department of History is an instructional unit at Brigham Young University.

The Department of History was established in 1921 as part of the College of Arts and Sciences, and was later transferred to College of Humanities and Social Sciences (1954), the College of Social Sciences (1965), and College of Family, Home, and Social Sciences (1981). It is responsible for providing instruction in history, including American and world history topics. Department chairs have included Christen Jensen (1921-1923, 1929-1948), William Snow (1924-1928), Russel B. Swensen (1949-1955), Richard D. Poll (1955-1958), Eugene E. Campbell (1958-1959, 1960-1968), De Lamar Jensen (1968-1973), Ted J. Warner (1973-1982), James B. Allen (1982-1987), Paul B. Pixton (1987-1994), Kendall W. Brown (1994-2000), Frank W. Fox (2000-2003), Neil L. York (2003-2006), Arnold H. Green (2006-2008), Shawn W. Miller (2008-2010), and Donald Harreld (2010- ).

Biographical History

De Lamar Jensen (born 1925) was a Mormon historian and history professor in Utah.

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. Jensen retired from the university in 1992, and currently resides in Provo, Utah.


33 folders

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Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections. University Archives Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo UT 84602 US