Christian P. Christiansen autograph book

Christian P. Christiansen autograph book

Dates: 1887

Contains 54 photocopied leaves of an autograph book belonging to Christiansen, who compiled the book in 1887 while serving time in the Utah Territorial Penitentiary for practicing plural marriage. The book includes autographs, comments, and well wishes of fellow prisoners many of whom also reaffirm their faith in the practice of plural marriage. The materials are dated from April 7, 1887 to August 5, 1887.

  • Extent: 1 folder (0.05 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Christiansen, Christian Peter
  • Call Number: MSS 5966
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84606;
  • 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 Christian P. Christiansen autograph book 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 5966; Christian P. Christiansen autograph book; 19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 5966, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated by Rick Erickson in 1988.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Rick Erickson; 1988.
Subject Terms
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints--History; Church Government; Mormonism (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints); Polygamy--Utah; Prisons--Utah
Genre / Form
Autograph albums; Photocopies
Processing Information
Processed; Meghan Mathews; 23 October 2007.
Appraisal Information
LDS cultural, social, and religious history (Collection development policy of 19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts, August 2007).
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
Christiansen (Christian P.) autograph book
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Meghan Mathews and Karen Glenn, student processors; John Murphy, curator
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2012-04-16T11:11-0600
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Biographical History

Christian Peter Christiansen (1838-1918) practiced plural marriage.

Christian Peter Christiansen was born on 18 August 1838 in Lindholm, Aalborg, Denmark. On 30 October 1860 he married Kirstine Marie Murman in Veggerby, Denmark. In subsequent years he came to Utah where he practiced plural marriage and wed 4 additional women. In 1887 he served time in the Utah Territory Penitentiary for violation of the Edmunds-Tucker Act which prohibited the practice of plural marriage as well as cohabitation. Christian P. Christiansen died on 20 July 1918 in Monroe, Sevier, Utah.

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