Charles J. Langston papers

Charles J. Langston papers

Dates: 1916-2002, 1916-1918

Materials include photographs, letters, and documents related to Charles J. Langston's mission to Tonga from 1916 to 1918 and his death in Tonga in 1918. There is a letter to the family from the First Presidency and signed by Heber J. Grant, a photograph of Langston's tombstone in Tonga taken in 2002, letters from his mission president, and a letter home written by Langston himself. Dated 1916-2002.

  • Extent: 1 oversize folder (0.01 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Langston, Charles J. (Charles John), 1895-1918
  • Call Number: MSS 8674
  • 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 J. Langston 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 8674; Charles J. Langston papers; 19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 8674, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated by Orpha Langston Taylor family, relatives of Charles J. Langston, in 2014.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Orpha Langston Taylor family; 2014.
Related Material
Materials related to the Charles J. Langston papers can be found under the call number MSS 5965.
Subject Terms
Religion; Mormon missionaries; Missionaries; The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Disease; Langston, Charles J. (Charles John), 1895-1918
Processing Information
Processed; Zoë Brimhall, student manuscript processor, and Ryan K. Lee, curator; 2015.
Appraisal Information
Utah and the Western American and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts collection development policy IV.a.i.1 and 4, November 2013).
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Finding Aid Title
Langston (Charles J.) papers
Finding Aid Author
Zoë Brimhall
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2015-04-08 13:41:58 -0600.
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Biographical Info:

Biographical / Historical

Charles John Langston (1895-1918) was a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who died from Spanish influenza while on his mission in Tonga.

Charles J. Langston was born on March 24, 1895, in Rockville, Utah, to Jacob Heathcote Langston and Alice Maud Hall. While living in Lynndyl, 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 serving the people of Tonga when he contracted Spanish influenza. Because of the disease, his body couldn't be transported back to Utah and he died and was buried in Tonga.

Charles John. Langston died on November 26, 1918.

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Curator - 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts