Parley Christiansen journals

Parley Christiansen journals

Dates: 1887-1897

Parley Christiansen journals, biographies, certificates, photographs and family histories--all photocopies. Journal topics include LDS priesthood ordinance instructions, mission statistical reports and experiences in the Northwestern States Mission, attacks by Native Americans, and his work in the Irrigation Company and Church leadership experiences, 1887-1897.

  • Extent: 1 oversize folder (0.3 linear ft.). -- (0.5 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Christiansen, Parley, 1857-1930
  • Call Number: MSS 3890
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602;
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
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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 Parley Christiansen journals 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 3890; Parley Christiansen journals; 19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 3890, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated by John Christiansen in 1988 and 1993.
Acquisition Information
Donated; John Christiansen; 1988 and 1993.
Subject Terms
Danish Americans--Utah--History; Diaries; Material Types; Mormons--Denmark--History; Mormons--Emigration and immigration--History
Genre / Form
Family histories; Photographs
Appraisal Information
19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts.
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Finding Aid Title
Christiansen (Parley) journals
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Heather Christine Broomhead and Karen Glenn, student processors, and John Murphy, curator
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2014-03-09T04:08-0600
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Biographical History

Parley Christiansen (1857-1930) was a member of the Quorum of the Seventy of the LDS church.

Parley Christiansen was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, on December 7, 1857 to parents from Denmark. He moved to Spanish Fork in 1858. He was baptized into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on October 27, 1867. In 1876 he was called to build a town called Brigham City in Arizona--it was later abandoned. He only received three months of formal education, but taught himself to read, write and use a typewriter. He married Dorothea Christine Jensen Skow on April 21, 1881 in Salt Lake City. They had eight children: Dorothea, Mette, Edna, Nels, Junius, Elray and Aaron and a daughter who died at birth. Parley served as a member of the Quorum of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He served a mission for the Church in the Northwestern States from 1887 to 1888. He passed away in Mayfield, Utah, on May 17, 1930.

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