Charles John Langston diaries

Charles John Langston diaries

Dates: 1916-1918

Includes one photocopied diary belonging to Charles Langston documenting his years as a missionary in Tonga from 1916-1918. The collection also includes letters written by Elder Langston to his family in Rockville, Utah, as well as a letter from Willard L. Smith, President of the Tongan Mission to Elder Langston’s father, Jacob.

  • Extent: 1 folder (0.09 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Langston, Charles John (Charles John), 1895-1918
  • Call Number: MSS 5965
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602;
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
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It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Charles John Langston diaries 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 5965; Charles John Langston diaries; 19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 5965, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated by Joyce Muhlestein in 1991.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Joyce Muhlestein; 1991.
Subject Terms
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints--Missions--Tonga; Diaries; Material Types
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Processing Information
Processed; Meghan Mathews; 23 October 2007.
Appraisal Information
19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts.
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Finding Aid Title
Langston (Charles John) diaries
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Karen Glenn and Meghan Mathews, student processors and John Murphy, curator
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This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013-07-08T12:06-0600
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Biographical History

Charles John Langston (1895-1918) was a Mormon missionary who died from Spanish influenza while on his mission in Tonga.

Charles John Langston was born on March 24, 1895 in Rockville, Utah, to Jacob Heathcote Langston and Alice Maud Hall. While living in Lynndyl, Millard County, Utah, he received and accepted the call to serve a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to Tonga. He was set apart on December 13, 1916 and entered the field shortly thereafter. He spent almost two years in this field of labor, bearing his testimony to the truth of the gospel, when he was stricken with the Spanish influenza. He died on November 26, 1918 in Tonga from the effects of the disease.

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Curator - 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts