John R. Christiansen papers

John R. Christiansen papers

Dates: 1804-1995

The collection consists primarily of material regarding Christiansen's professional career in sociology, including interview reels, course materials, publications and other materials on various topics including emergency preparedness and nuclear war survival, etc., and books Christiansen donated to Brigham Young University. It also includes stake and other Church information (regarding Christiansen's Church involvement). The other significant portion of the collection consists of material documenting the lives of some of Christiansen's ancestors, most notably that of Bishop Robert Lewis Johnson of Fountain Green and his connection to the John Evans Rees family, of which line Christiansen is a direct descendant. Of note are numerous letters to Bishop Johnson from Church leaders and other local notables such as Brigham Young, Orson Hyde, William Clayton, Wilford Woodruff, etc. Dated 1804-1995.

  • Extent: 2 oversize folders (0.6 linear ft.). -- 1 media box (0.5 linear ft.). -- 13 cartons (13 linear ft.). -- 3 boxes (1.5 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Christiansen, John R.
  • Call Number: MSS 4116
  • 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.
Languages and Scripts
Arranged in two series: 1. John R. Christiansen work papers, 1941-1995. 2. John R. Christiansen family papers, 1804-1966.
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from John R. Christiansen 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 4116; John R. Christiansen papers; 19th-20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 4116, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated by James Heiner in 1993 and 1995.
Acquisition Information
Donated; James Heiner; 1993 and 1995.
Related Material
Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.VII, 2007).
Subject Terms
Christiansen, John R.; Johnson, Robert L. (Robert Lewis), 1819-1901; Colleges and Universities; Education; Provo (Utah); Sociologists--United States; Sociology--Research--United States; Sociology--Study and teaching (Higher)--United States
Genre / Form
Articles; Audiocassettes; Books; Microfilms; Photographs
Processing Information
Processed; Amanda Clark; 16 July 2007.
Appraisal Information
LDS scholarship (Collection development policy for 19th-20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts, August 2007).
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Finding Aid Title
Christiansen (John R.) papers
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Karen Glenn and Amanda Clark, student processors, and John Murphy, curator
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2014-05-11T04:09-0600
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Biographical Info:

Biographical History

John Rees Christiansen (1927- ) was a professor of sociology and social work at Brigham Young University.

John Rees Christiansen was born in Wales, Utah, to Elray Lavar and Lewella Ann Rees Christiansen on August 17, 1927. He served as an Aviation Cadet in the U.S. Navy from 1945 to 1947, then went on to earn degrees from Utah State University (BA 1949, MA 1952) and the University of Wisconsin (PhD 1955) in Sociology. He lectured at the University of Kentucky for two years before becoming a member of the Brigham Young University faculty, gaining full professorial status in 1964. Christiansen stayed on as professor of sociology and social work until his retirement in 1997. During those fifty years, Christiansen married and had five children, received numerous research grants, and wrote forty-two books and pamphlets, and published and presented over seventy articles.

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