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Marion Jones Callister papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1512

Scope and Contents

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.


  • 1930-1994


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing 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.

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.


1 box (0.5 linear ft.)

9 cartons (9 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Materials left in original order.

Other Finding Aids

Detailed folder list is avaliable in the repository upon request.

Other Finding Aids

File-level inventory available online.

Custodial History

Donated by Marion J. Callister from 1973-1996.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Marion J. Callister; 1973-1996.


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).

Related Materials

See also the United States District Court for the District of Idaho, 1985-1986 (MSS SC 2614).

Processing Information

Processed; Katie Connors, student processor, and John Murphy, curator; 2009. Processed; Elizabeth Ballif, student processor, and John Murphy, curator; 2010.

Register of Marion Jones Callister papers
Katie Connors, student processor, and John Murphy, curator; 2009
2009 February 26
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