John C. Swensen papers

John C. Swensen papers

Dates: 1848-1953

The John C. Swensen papers include histories, correspondence and other ephemera that pertains to his personal, professional and church life. Much of the collection refers to Stanford University where he attended. Brigham Young Academy/University is mentioned throughout as he attended school there as well as taught. John C. was very involved in pedagogy which is reflected through these papers. Much of the collection consists of letters from prior students of John C. Swensen. Writings of his autobiography are also included. The collection dates from 1848-1953.

  • Extent: 1 carton (1 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Swensen, John C. (John Canute), 1869-1953
  • Call Number: MSS 6772
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602;
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
Languages and Scripts
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from John C. Swensen personal and professional 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 6772; John C. Swensen personal and professional papers; 19th and 20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 6772, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated by Albert Swensen in 1988.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Albert Swensen; 1988.
Related Material
Teacher Education records, 1973-1995; UA 1245. Program of the dedication of the John C. Swensen Lecture Hall in the Joseph F. Smith Family Living Center, 1961; UA 107. Papers, 1956; UA 108. Autobiography of John Canute Swenson (February 4, 1869-August 30, 1953); BX 8608 .A1a no.3656. Autobiography; BX 8670.1 .Sw42a. Autobiography of John Canute Swensen: taken from notes and writing left by John C. Swensen; UA 108. Pedagogical history of the Brigham Young University class of 1893; BX 8670 .B762 1893. Local history term papers, 1924; UA 30. Letters, 1904; MSS SC 2375. Papers, 1895-1898; UA 109. Funeral service John C. Swensen; BX 8670 .A1a no.24. Fourth annual leadership week, Brigham Young University, January 26-30, 1925; BX 8608 .B76l 1925.
Subject Terms
Brigham Young Academy--Faculty; Stanford University--Students; Colleges and Universities; Education--United States
Genre / Form
Autobiographies; Letters
Processing Information
Processed; Katie Connors, student processor; John Murphy, curator; 2009.
Appraisal Information
19th and 20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts because of collection development policy because of 5.VI "Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history."
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
Swensen (John C.) papers
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Katie Connors, student processor, and John Murphy, curator
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2014-02-02T04:02-0700
Finding Aid Language
Finding aid written in English in Latin script
Biographical Info:

Biographical History

John C. (Canute) Swensen (1869-was a teacher at Brigham Young Academy, and was well known for his excellent teaching of Economics and Sociology.

John C. (Canute) Swensen was born on February 4, 1869 in Pleasant Grove to Knud and Johanna Marie Hansen Swensen. His parents were born in Denmark and had immigrated to the United States. John C. was the fourth of five children. He married to Margaret Davis on June 21, 1899; they had ten children. John C. had early experiences with farming. He served a six week mission to Park City. He then began his teaching career in Panguitch, Utah, in 1889. John C. later received the A.B. at Stanford University and later obtaind an M.A. at Columbia University. He received instruction from the early sociologists of America. He was devoted in his teaching. He began teaching at Brigham Young Academy in 1898. He was a greatly esteemed professor of Economics and Sociology. He died on August 30, 1953.

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Curator - 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts