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Anson Vasco Call diaries

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 3813

Scope and Contents

Contains the typing and transcribing work of Dorothy Jane Larson Bryson, as well as copies of the original diaries of Anson Vasco Call's missionary diary, and a copy of an article involving Anson Vasco Call. Dated 1864-1866.


  • 1864-1866


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 Anson Vasco Call must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Dorothy Jane Larson Bryson (1923-2006) was a Mormon woman in California and Utah.

Dorothy Jane Larson was born on December 17, 1923 in Dell Rapids, South Dakota to Adolph Woodward Larson and Klea Etta Peart. At age five she moved with her family to Randolph, Utah. She graduated from South Rich High School as valedictorian, and continued her studies at Salt Lake Business College. In 1942 she married Chester Bryson, and they had three children. During World War II, while her husband was serving in the military, she worked at Hamilton Air Force Base in California. After the war she and her husband settled in Hayward, California. She worked for the local school district for twenty-six years, then retired to Payson, Utah.

She died in Payson on September 5, 2006.

Biographical History

Anson Vasco Call (1834-1867) was a Mormon pioneer and missionary.

Anson Vasco Call was born on July 9, 1834 in Madison, Ohio to Anson Call and Mary Flint. He joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1844, and moved with his family to Nauvoo, Illinois. In 1846 he participated in the Mormon exodus to the West, arriving in the Salt Lake Valley in 1848. There he worked as a schoolteacher, and served as a justice of the peace and as ward clerk. He married Charlotte Holbrook on January 28, 1853 in Bountiful, Utah. He later married Eliza Catherine Kent Dopp on November 10, 1856 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Call was called on a mission on April 8, 1864 in General Conference, leaving on April 30. On July 2, 1864 he boarded a ship, the Pennsylvania, for Liverpool from New York City. He arrived on July 17, 1864 and was assigned on July 18, 1864 by George Q. Cannon to be a traveling elder, heading to Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Call had various callings to the presidences in that area while there.

He died in the Wyoming plains on August 4, 1867, on his way home from his mission.


3 folders (0.15 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Donated by Dorothy Jane Larson Bryson in 1990.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Dorothy Jane Larson Bryson; 1990.


19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.

Processing Information

Processed; Melissa Cowles; 2007.

Register of Anson Vasco Call diaries
Sarah Flinders
2013 September 16
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