Guide to the Julien M. Christensen papers, 1943-1998
Overview of Collection
|Repository:||University of Dayton. University Archives and Special Collections|
|Creator:||Christensen, Julien M.|
|Title:||Julien M. Christensen papers|
|Extent:||24 linear feet (20 boxes)|
|Abstract:||Publications and documents, formerly owned by UD professor Julien M. Christensen (1918-1998), related to human factors engineering in both the public and academic spheres. Included are journals; newsletters and magazines; design guides, standards, and regulations; and Christensen's personal publications, classroom materials, and correspondence.|
|Collection Code:||SC 11|
Biography of Julien M. Christensen
Julien Martin Christensen was born September 3, 1918, in Capron, Illinois. He attended primary and secondary school in the Capron public school system. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Illinois in 1940 and a Master of Arts degree from the Ohio State University in 1952. With the aid of a 1958 National Science Foundation grant, Christensen earned a Ph.D. in psychology from The Ohio State University in 1959. Robert J. Wherry advised him on his doctoral dissertation, "The Importance of Selected Design Variables in Qualitative Instrument Reading."
Christensen was a World War II veteran, having served for four years in the U.S. Air Force. He was a recipient of the President's Distinguished Service Award in 1992. He worked for the Air Force for many years, performing psychological research and applications work, and was chief of the Engineering Psychology Branch of the Aerospace Medical Laboratory, Wright Air Development Center.
Christensen was a member of the Pole Vaulters Club, having been the first civilian to fly over the North Pole with the Air Force. He also served as an adviser for the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations at Three Mile Island. He held a private pilot's license and a scuba diver's license.
Christensen was a professor in the Psychology Department at the University of Dayton from 1956-1966. He served as president of the Society of Engineering Psychologists, Division of Applied Experimental and Engineering Psychology, from 1962-1963. He held a certified license from the State of Ohio, Board of Psychology. He wrote more than 133 books and journal articles, and the Human Factors Association of Canada gives an annual award in his name.
Julien Christensen died July 10, 1998, at Calvary Hospital in New York, NY, after a four-year struggle with cancer; he was 79. He was married to Imogene (Willis) Christensen for 44 years, and they had three daughters. Christensen was a resident of Bellbrook, Ohio, at the time of his death and is buried in Miami Memory Gardens.
Scope and Content
The Julien M. Christensen papers contain publications and documents related to human factors engineering in both the public and academic spheres. The collection includes journals, newsletters, magazines, standards and regulations, Christensen's personal publications, and classroom materials. The collection spans 1943-1998.
Statement of Arrangement
The Julien M. Christensen papers are divided into eight series.
This collection is indexed under the following headings in the University of Dayton Libraries Catalog. Researchers may use these headings to search the catalog for resources on related topics, persons, or places.
Access to Materials
This collection is open and available to the public for research in the University Archives and Special Collections reading room. The materials are non-circulating.
The materials in this collection may be protected by copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code). They are available for personal, educational, and scholarly use. It is the responsibility of the researcher to locate and obtain permission from the copyright owner or his or her heirs for any other use, such as reproduction and publication.
Dr. Julien Christensen donated his papers to the University of Dayton Libraries around 1994.
Other Finding Aid
A more detailed finding aid with a box and folder listing is available in the University Archives and Special Collections.
Julien M. Christensen Papers, 1943-1998. University Archives and Special Collections, University of Dayton Libraries, Dayton, Ohio.
|Series 1: Journals, 1979-1998 (1 box)|
|Miscellaneous issues of American Psychologist, Human Factors, J Exper Psychology: Applied, Psychology & Aging, Psychology & Science, CALS Journal, and Current Directions in Psychological Science. Most of the issues are from the mid-late 1990s.|
|Series 2: Newsletters and magazines, 1983-1998 (2 boxes)|
|Miscellaneous newsletters and magazine issues, mostly from the 1990s; however, there are a few issues from the 1970s and 1980s.|
|Series 3: Design guides, standards, and regulations, 1956-1988 (1 box)|
|Various guides, handbooks, plans, standards, manuals, etc., related to human factors engineering.|
|Series 4: Personal publications, 1941-1989 (3 boxes)|
|Series includes articles; notes; reports; drafts of chapters, books, and proceedings; and many other miscellaneous personal publications by Julien M. Christensen.|
|Series 5: Others' publications, 1970-1998 (4 boxes)|
|Publications by persons other than Christensen, arranged by topic. Topics include human factors, performance prediction, space, training, work safety, auto safety, nuclear safety, maintenance, organizations, sleep, aviation, statistics, product liability, cognitive processing, transportation safety, Department of Transportation research notes, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, transportation safety miscellaneous reports, motivation, and miscellaneous.|
|Series 6: Classroom materials, 1958-1991 (4 boxes)|
|Lecture notes, exams, student notes, and other materials for various courses related to human factors engineering from classes Christensen taught at the University of Dayton, Wittenberg University, and Wayne State University.|
|Series 7: Correspondence, 1960-1996 (1 box)|
|Professional and personal correspondence arranged by topic.|
|Series 7: Miscellaneous, 1944-1951, undated (4 boxes)|
|Miscellaneous materials, such as photographs, a bibliography index file, measurement instruments, Vu-graphs, and multi-media materials. Christensen's personal military records are also included.|