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John Peter Sorensen papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1453

Scope and Contents

Collection includes diaries, genealogy, finanical records, and an autobiography, dated from 1879 to 1920. Sorensen writes about his dreams, family, finances, and opinions of various books, church meetings, and the doctrine of plural marriage. He also tells about his experiences as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in New Zealand, Australia, Denmark, and Sweden. Genealogy records included in a family record detailing the births, marriages, and deaths of John Peter Sorensen, his wives, and their children, dating up to 1920. Also includes a financial record book dating from 1907 for Pioneer Nursery Company, but which was also used to record financial information by descendants or others up to 1970.

Copies of volumes 1-20 on microfiche and compact disk are also included in the collection.


  • 1879-1970


Conditions Governing Access

Original journals are restricted due to condition. Microfiche and digital copies available for public use.

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 History

John Peter Sorensen (1837-1909) was a Latter-day saint convert who was a ship carpenter, furniture store owner, and missionary.

John Peter Sorensen was born October 17, 1837 in Denmark. He traveled the world as a ship carpenter before settling in Salt Lake and joining The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He went on a mission to New Zealand in 1879 and to Denmark in 1887. He married Eva Gyllenskog in 1872, Olivia Monson in 1882, and Alma Charlotte Samuelson in 1883, and was sealed to six other women. He died on December 20, 1909 in Salt Lake City.


2 boxes (1 linear ft.)

7 folders ((0.35 linear ft).) : microfiche

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Donated by David Arnold White and Mrs. Samuel Francis in 1976.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; David Arnold White and Mrs. Samuel Francis; 1976.


LDS cultural, social, and religious history (19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts collection development policy IV.a.i.1 November 2013).

Existence and Location of Copies

Digital copy of volumes 1-20 available on compact disk in Box 2 folder 6. Microfiche copy of volumes 1-20 stored separately.

Related Materials

Microfilm copy of some Sorensen materials can be found in 920 no. 102-103, 108-109.

Processing Information

Processed; Mary Downs; 2009. Updated; Ryan Lee; 2019.

Register of John Peter Sorensen papers
Under Revision
Mary Downs, student processor and John Murphy, curator
2009 June 10
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