A. Sherman Christensen papers

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A. Sherman Christensen papers

Dates: 1920-1995

Contains diaries, professional and private correspondence, speeches, essays, poetry, and histories. The materials relate to Christensen's personal life and to his work as a lawyer and as a jurist. Also includes private correspondence, primarily between Christensen and other family members, especially his wife, Lois.

  • Extent: 4 oversize boxes (2.25 linear ft.). -- 32 cartons (32 linear ft.). -- 29 boxes (14.5 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Christensen, A. Sherman (Albert Sherman), 1905
  • Call Number: MSS 1923
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602; http://sc.lib.byu.edu/
  • Access Restrictions: Restricted until 2020; permission to use material must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services.
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Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS 1923; A. Sherman Christensen papers; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 1923, LTPSC.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Harvard Heath; 1996.
Other Finding Aids
File-level inventory available online. http://files.lib.byu.edu/ead/XML/MSS1923.xml
Subject Terms
Christensen, A. Sherman (Albert Sherman), 1905---Diaries; Christensen, Lois Bowen; Correspondence; Judges--United States--History--Sources; Lawyers--Utah--History; Material Types
Genre / Form
American poetry--20th century; Diaries; Histories; Letters; Speeches, addresses, etc., American
Appraisal Information
Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.VII, 2007).
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Finding Aid Title
Christensen (A. Sherman) papers
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Garrett Schroath
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013-09-16T16:55-0600
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Biographical History

A. Sherman Christensen (1905-1996) was a Mormon district judge in Utah.

Albert Sherman Christensen was born on June 9, 1905 in Manti, Utah to Albert H. Christensen and Jennie Snow. He grew up in Provo, Utah, where he attended Brigham Young University between 1923 and 1927. Christensen married Louis Bowen on April 4, 1927, and they had three children. The couple moved east shortly after their marriage, where Christensen attended the National University School of Law. During this time he also worked as a business specialist at the United States Department of Commerce.

After graduation in 1931, Christensen returned to Provo to practice law. During World War II he served in the United States Naval Reserve, reaching the rank of lieutenant commander, and returned to civilian life and his practice in 1945. He was appointed a district judge for the 10th Circuit in Salt Lake City in 1954, the first Mormon to hold such a post. After a distinguished judicial career, Christensen retired in 1996. He died on August 13, 1996 in Provo, Utah.

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Curator - 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts