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Charles Redd photograph collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 4251

Scope and Contents

This collection contains items related to the life of Charles Redd. In the collection are family portraits, missionary pictures, and photographs from his world travels, including the Panama Canal, Waikiki, England, Australia, Fuji, France, Denmark, China, Argentina, Brazil, Greece, Italy, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, Spain, India, Japan, Switzerland, and Chile. Also in the collection are images of the St. George Temple, San Juan County, and the Utah Water and Power Board.


  • approximately 1907-1966


Conditions Governing Access

Negatives restricted. Prints, scrapbooks, slides, and newspaper clippings open to public access; 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 publish material from Charles Redd photograph collection must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical / Historical

Charles Redd was born in Bluff, Utah, on 8 May 1889, the sixth of eight children of Lemuel Hardison Redd, Jr., and Eliza Ann Westover. Charles, always referred to as "Charlie," spent his childhood and youth in Bluff on the San Juan River in southeastern Utah. He attended Brigham Young University, where he studied agriculture and business and was active in sports, politics, and debate. He served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Pacific Northwest from 1911 to 1913 and then returned to La Sal, in southeastern Utah, to manage the newly purchased La Sal Livestock Company. Charlie expanded the ranch and eventually assumed full ownership of it and successor Redd ranches. Redd helped organize and then presided over the National Wool Marketing Association; he was chairman of the Utah Water and Power Board and a director of Utah Power and Light Company, Amalgamated Sugar Company, and Pacific National Life Assurance Company. Active in politics, he was elected to three terms in the Utah Legislature (1923-31) and was a delegate to three national Republican party conventions. He was a member of the board of trustees of Utah State University and the regional executive committee of the Boy Scouts of America. He entertained important foreign visitors and was awarded the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II for his services to and friendship with Great Britain. On a local level, Redd was president of the State Bank of San Juan, president of the first BLM advisory board, and a director of the Grayson Cooperative Company, the Blanding Irrigation Company, and the Federal Land Bank. In 1972 Charles Redd established the Lemuel H. Redd Chair in Western History and the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies at Brigham Young University. Charles Redd and his wife, Annaley Naegle Redd, had eight children. He died in Provo, Utah, on 30 March 1975. (Written by Leonard J. Arrington)


15 boxes (7.5 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Physical Location

L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah 84602.

Custodial History

These items were donated to Special Collections in 1976.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donation; Charles Redd; 1976.


Photographs (Photograph Archives).

Related Materials

These items are part of the 20th Century Western and Mormon Americana Archives.

Register of Charles Redd photograph collection
Abe Austin
2012 March 29
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