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Barker family photographs

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS P 677

Scope and Contents

Contains 49 photographs, including 5 tintypes, of the James L. Barker family. Also contains the photograph album these photographs were originally housed in. The album has a light green velvet cover with embossed celluloid flowers on the front. Dated approximately 1880-1919.


  • approximately 1880-1919


Conditions Governing Access

Open to public research. Items kept in cold storage; access requires 24 hours advance notice.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to use material from this collection must be obtained from Reference Services at

Biographical / Historical

James L. Barker was born in North Ogden on July 27, 1880. His parents were Henry and Marguerite Stalle Barker.

He graduated from the University of Utah and served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to Switzerland and Germany.

On May 30, 1906, he married Kate Montgomery in the Salt Lake Temple and they immediately left for Europe where he studied in France at the Sorbonne. He studied several times in Europe at the Sorbonne and received his PhD from the University of Neuchatel in Switzerland. Later he taught two different times at the Sorbonne as visiting professor.

He was President of Weber Academy (now Weber State University) where he taught with David O. McKay. He taught at Brigham Young University and then was head of the Modern Language Department at the University of Utah for 28 years.

He presided over the Argentine Mission from 1941-44. In 1946 he was called to be mission President of the French Mission and served from 1946 until 1950, the first mission president to France after the war. He was called to open the Italian Mission in 1958, but was killed in an automobile accident on May 29, 1958 and so was unable to do so. He served on the Sunday School General Board for many years.

He was able, with help of the Vaudois Church of Italy, to extract thousands of names from their records so that temple work could be done for them.

He wrote several church books, including Protestors of Christendom. Apostasy From the Divine Church, the Melchizedek Priesthood manuals for three years and also German and French language manuals.


2 folders (0.1 linear ft.)

1 oversize box (0.5 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

These items were donated to Special Collections in 1991.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Doretta Wheeler; 1991.


Photographs (Photograph Archives).

Related Materials

These items are part of the Photographs Archive.

Processing Information

Processed; Anne Ashton; October 2022. Updated finding aid for DACS compliance and accuracy. Rehoused photographs to plastic sleeves for preservation.

Register of Barker family photographs
Under Revision
Garrett Schroath
2011 October 10
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States