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Charlie Redd family papers

Identifier: MSS 5883

Scope and Contents

Contains personal and professional papers pertaining to Charlie Redd and his family. The papers include correspondence, legal documents, financial documents, and photographs. Also included are business records for the Scorup-Somerville Cattle Company. Material dates from 1880 to 1974.


  • 1880-1974


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 the Charles Redd family papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical / Historical

Charles Redd (1889-1975) was a rancher in southern Utah during the 20th Century.

Charles Redd was born to Lemuel Hardison Redd, Jr. and Eliza Ann Westover on May 8, 1889, in Bluff, Utah. Charles, referred to as Charlie, spent his youth in Bluff, Utah. He then attended Brigham Young University, where he studied business and agriculture and was involved in sports, debate, and politics. From 1911 to 1913, Charlie served a proselytizing mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Pacific Northwest.

After his mission, Charlie graduated from Brigham Young High in 1914 and then returned to La Sal, in Southeastern Utah, to manage the La Sal Livestock Company. As the manager, Charlie hired men, supervised the irrigation and haying operations, kept the accounting records, and cared for the cattle and sheep. Eventually, he expanded the company and became the owner of La Sal Livestock Company as well as Redd Ranches, its successor.

In 1924, Charlie was asked by the San Juan County Republican Convention to become the candidate for the Utah House of Representatives. He accepted the invitation, and began his political career. During the next six years, Charlie was reelected twice and participated in the legislature for the 1925, 1927, and 1929 sessions. He also participated in the 1930 Special Session.

According to Charlie, the best day of his life was when he married Annaley Naegle on April 29, 1931, in Farmington, Utah. Then, in 1951 they were sealed in the Salt Lake Temple. During the forty-four years that Charlie and Annaley were married, they had nine children together. Their children include Katheryn Anne, Charles Hardison, Annaley (who died in infancy), Robert Byron, Paul David, Maraley, Beverly, Regina, and Rebecca Sue Redd.

Throughout Charlie’s life, he was an active participant in the community. He was president of the first Bureau of Land Management Advisory Board, president of the State Bank of San Juan, and director of the Blanding Irrigation Company, the Federal Land Bank, and the Grayson Cooperative Company. Additionally, Charlie was chairman of the Utah Water and Power Board and assisted in the organization and then presided over the National Wool Marketing Association. He also was the director of the Amalgamated Sugar Company, Utah Power and Light Company, and Pacific National Life Assurance Company. Charlie also worked as the postmaster for 50 years, built a store, and ran a car and farm implement dealership. In 1957, during Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s visit to America, he was one of five Americans to be awarded the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. Charlie received this award as a result of his services that strengthened Anglo-American understanding and friendship.

On March 30, 1975, Charlie died at the age of eighty-six, in Provo, Utah.


89 boxes (44.5 linear ft.)

3 oversize boxes (4.98 linear ft.)

2 oversize folders (0.6 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Arranged in five series: 1. Charlie Redd personal and family papers, 1880–1974. 2. Charlie Redd correspondence and research papers, 1911–1972. 3. Charlie Redd business papers, 1914–1974. 4. Charlie Redd photographs, 1955–1965. 5. Scorup-Somerville Cattle Company records, 1927–1974.

Custodial History

Donated by Charles Redd in 1978.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; 1978; Charles Redd.


Western American business and labor history (20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy 5.II, August 2007.)

Processing Information

Processed; Peter Hoyt, Elizabeth Ballif, Tyler Snow, Julie Slater, and Ashley Asay, student manuscript processors, and John Murphy, curator; 2011.

Processed; Sadie Julian; 2015.

Register of Charles Redd family papers
Peter Hoyt, Elizabeth Ballif, Tyler Snow, Julie Slater, and Ashley Asay, student manuscript processors, and John Murphy, curator
2013 March 21
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