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J. Marinus Jensen collection on Brigham Young University

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: UA 104

Scope and Contents

Collection includes original manuscripts consisting of Brigham Young Academy student registers, addresses by Karl G. Maeser, life sketches, and histories of departments, clubs and organizations used in the preparation of History of Brigham Young University, compiled and written by J. Marinus Jensen et al. (Provo, Utah: Brigham Young University. [1945]).


  • 1875-1942


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 the J. Marinus Jensen collection on Brigham Young University must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

J. Marinus Jensen (1868-1946) was a professor of English and journalism in Utah.

James Marinus Jensen, at times identified as Jens Marinus Jensen, was born on July 11, 1868 in Provo, Utah to Danish emigrants Peter C. Jensen and Ane Catherine Olson. He was raised in Provo, and grew to be active in the city's religious, civic, and political life. As a young man he participated in the Provo Dramatic Club, traveling widely with the troupe. On September 22, 1892 he married Eliza Emeline Strong (1867-1934) in the Manti Temple. They had no children of their own, but helped raise Essie R. Keeler as foster parents.

Jensen worked as a teacher in Provo throughout his career. He attended the University of Utah and Brigham Young Academy, graduating from the latter in 1903 with a bachelor's of pedagogy. He served as a the first principal of Maeser Elementary School, and also served at Franklin Elementary. He continued his education at the University of Chicago, earning a master's degree in 1919. He then began working in the English Department at Brigham Young University, where he helped found the school's journalism program. In addition to his work at the university, Jensen was also a reporter for the Provo Inquirer.

During his time at Brigham Young University, Jensen served in many committee assignments. Among these was an assignment to chair the History Committee, where he prepared histories of Provo and of the university. He also served in the community on the city council, the public library board, and as the bishop of the Manavu Ward.

Jensen died in Provo, Utah on March 16, 1946.


1 box (0.5 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Other Finding Aids

A more detailed finding aid is available in print in the repository.

Other Finding Aids

File-level inventory available online.


University history (University Archives collecting policy, February 2010).

Related Materials

See also unpublished manuscript of the "History of Brigham Young University" (UA 483).

Processing Information

Processed; Hollis Scott; 2004.

Register of the J. Marinus Jensen collection on Brigham Young University
James Cloward
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.
Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008

Repository Details

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

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo UT 84602 US