Marion Jones Callister papers

Marion Jones Callister papers

Dates: 1930-1994

Collection includes correspondence, files, judicial reports, and other papers relating to the personal and professional life of Marion Jones Callister. There is also an oral history. Included are papers specifically on the Idaho vs. Freedom case. Much of the collection deals with his service as a judge; the controversy over the equal rights amendment is mentioned throughout the collection. The collection dates from 1930 to 1994.

  • Extent: 1 box (0.5 linear ft.). -- 9 cartons (9 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Callister, Marion Jones, 1921
  • Call Number: MSS 1512
  • 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
Materials left in original order.
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Marion Jones Callister 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 1512; Marion Jones Callister papers; 20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 1512, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated by Marion J. Callister from 1973-1996.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Marion J. Callister; 1973-1996.
Other Finding Aids
File-level inventory available online.
Related Material
See also the United States District Court for the District of Idaho, 1985-1986 (MSS SC 2614).
Subject Terms
Callister, Marion Jones, 1921---Archives; Civil Procedure and Courts; Equal rights amendments--United States; Politics, Government, and Law
Genre / Form
Files (Records); Legal documents; Letters; Oral histories
Processing Information
Processed; Katie Connors, student processor, and John Murphy, curator; 2009. Processed; Elizabeth Ballif, student processor, and John Murphy, curator; 2010.
Appraisal Information
Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy 5.VI, August 2007).
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
Callister (Marion Jones) papers
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Katie Connors, student processor, and John Murphy, curator; 2009
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013-07-10T13:22-0600
Finding Aid Language
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.
Biographical Info:

Biographical History

Marion Jones Callister (b. 1921) was a war veteran, lawyer, and active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Marion Jones Callister was born on June 6, 1921, in Moreland, Idaho, to Orson Pratt and Annie Francella Jones Callister. He was educated at Mooreland High School. He then served in the United States Army for two years (from 1944-1946) and was awarded the Purple Heart. He married Nina Lynn Hayes on June 7, 1946, and they have twelve children. He received his law degree from the University of Utah in 1951 and was admitted to the Idaho Bar that same year. From 1951-1952 Marion served as the assistant County Attorney in Blackfoot. He was then appointed Assistant U.S. Attorney in Boise until 1957. He began his private practice in 1958 and continued there until he was made the State District Judge, Fourth Judicial District, Ada County Idaho. In 1975, he was made U.S. District Attorney for the District of Idaho. The following year he was appointed to the bench for the same district. He served as the first LDS member to hold the position of the Chief District Judge of his district. Throughout his professional service he was fully engaged in his church callings. Marion J. Callister served as a bishop in 1955 of the Boise Third Ward for six and a half years. He also served as a stake president and regional representative.

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