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Oral history interview with Carl Joseph Christensen

 Item — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 5891

Scope and Contents note

Interview of Carl Joseph Christensen by Lucille Merrill McDonald on February 10, 1985. 3 cassette tapes and 55 page typescript draft. Carl Joseph Christensen discusses his Danish ancestors, growing up on a farm in Provo, the early death of his father, family illnesses including Christensen’s recovery from peritonitis, working on a neighbor’s farm, his talent singing bass and his invitation to join the Provo Tabernacle Choir, singing in a quartet, his BYU chemistry education, teaching chemistry, working as the head of the physics department for the University of Utah, being president of the Salt Lake Chapter of the Sons of Utah Pioneers and his radiation research. His BYU biographical record, a Christmas card and a 1975 Voice of the Pioneers brochure are also in the collection.


  • 1985


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Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use note

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Oral history interview with Carl Joseph Christensen must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Carl Joseph Christiansen was born on April 3, 1901 in Provo, Utah. He was a BYU graduate, a physics professor and a bass singer. He married Rhea Alberta Huish on September 3, 1924. His children were Mary Ellen, Roberta Mae, Carl Huish and James Huish. He passed away on June 24, 1995.


1 folder (0.1 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



An oral history interview with Carl Joseph Christensen, conducted by Lucille Merrill McDonald on 10 February 1985.

Custodial History note

Donated by Carl Joseph Christensen.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Donated; Carl Joseph Christensen.

Appraisal note

LDS scholarship (Collection development policy for 20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts, August 2007).

Processing Information note

Processed; H. Christine Swindler; 28 August 2007.

Register of Oral history interview with Carl Joseph Christensen
Karen Glenn and H Christine Swindler, student processors, and John Murphy, curator
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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