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Jens Hansen diary

 Item — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 3876

Scope and Contents

Collection contains two photocopies of Jens Hansen's diary from 1886, which includes an account of his trial and experience in the territorial penitentiary. Diary is written in parallel versions, one a narrative account and the other a series of daily entries. Also includes copies of autograph book entries written by Hansen during his stay. His entries describe conditions and activities in the prison, and his relationship with his family.


  • 1886


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 Jens Hansen diary must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical / Historical

Jens Hansen (1837-1917) was a Mormon farmer from Salt Lake County, Utah. He was born in Denmark and emigrated to the United States in 1862 with his wife and children. He married again in 1864, and raised two families. In 1886 he was convicted of unlawful cohabitation and served six months in the territorial penitentiary.


2 folders (0.16 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Noriene C. Boyce; 1992.


19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts.

Register of Jens Hansen diary
Rose Frank
10 June 2011
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