Parley Alma Christensen papers

Parley Alma Christensen papers

Dates: 1911-1977

This collection contains the personal and professional papers of Parley Alma Christensen, 1911-1977. It contains items such as his research materials, personal correspondence, papers from his travels around Europe, newspaper articles about Christensen and his work, and a Xerox copy of his father’s, Mads Christensen, autobiography. This collection is important because it shows the professional and personal life of Parley Alma Christensen, a man who was an important educator in Utah.

  • Extent: 1 half box (0.25 linear ft.). -- 7 boxes (3.5 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Christensen, Parley A. (Parley Alma), 1888-1968
  • Call Number: MSS 6039
  • 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: 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 Parley Alma Christensen 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 6039; Parley Alma Christensen papers; 20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 6039, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated in 2007.
Acquisition Information
Donated; 2007.
Subject Terms
Colleges and Universities; Education
Genre / Form
Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.); Letters
Processing Information
Processed; Melissa Cowles; 14 December 2007.
Appraisal Information
LDS scholarship (Collection development policy for 20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts, August 2007).
Finding Aid ID Number
UPB_MSS6039
Finding Aid Title
Christensen (Parley Alma) papers
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Karen Glenn and Melissa Cowles, student processors and John Murphy, curator
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2014-05-25T04:00-0600
Finding Aid Language
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.
Biographical Info:

Biographical History

Parley Alma Christensen (1888-1968) was a professor at Brigham Young University and was also the English Department Chairman for twenty-five years.

Parley Alma Christensen was born 15 May 1888 in Kanesville, Weber County, Utah, to Mads Christensen and Hannah Margretta Christensen. He married Ruth Jones 2 June 1915 in the Salt Lake Temple. They had four children together. He received his bachelor’s from Utah State University and then taught in Box Elder County elementary schools and Box Elder High School. He received his masters and PhD from Stanford University and then began teaching at BYU in 1927. In 1948 he received Professor of the Year award from the students at BYU, and then in 1959 got the Distinguished Service Award of the Utah Academy of Arts, Sciences, and Letters. He was the English Department Chairman for 25 years. He retired in 1965 and then died three years later on 26 September of cancer.

Christensen wrote many books, some of which are on the Harold B. Lee Library bookshelves. Some of his more famous works are, All In A Teacher’s Day, and Of A Number of Things.



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John Murphy
Curator - 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts
john_m_murphy@byu.edu