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Oral history interview with Carl Joseph Christensen

Oral history interview with Carl Joseph Christensen

Dates: 1985

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.

  • Extent: 1 folder (0.1 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Christensen, Carl J. (Carl Joseph), 1901. -- McDonald, Lucille Merrill
  • Call Number: MSS 5891
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84606; http://sc.lib.byu.edu/
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
Languages and Scripts
English
Conditions of Use
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.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS 5891; Oral history interview with Carl Joseph Christensen; 20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 5891, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated by Carl Joseph Christensen.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Carl Joseph Christensen.
Subject Terms
Provo Tabernacle (Provo, Utah)--History; Material Types; Oral Histories
Genre / Form
Audiocassettes
Processing Information
Processed; H. Christine Swindler; 28 August 2007.
Appraisal Information
LDS scholarship (Collection development policy for 20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts, August 2007).
Finding Aid ID Number
UPB_MSS5891
Finding Aid Title
Christensen (Carl Joseph), oral history interview with
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Karen Glenn and H Christine Swindler, student processors, and John Murphy, curator
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2012-03-20T13:21-0600
Finding Aid Language
English
Biographical Info:

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.



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John Murphy
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