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Charles J. Langston papers

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 8674

Scope and Contents

Materials include photographs, letters, and documents related to Charles J. Langston's mission to Tonga from 1916 to 1918 and his death in Tonga in 1918. There is a letter to the family from the First Presidency and signed by Heber J. Grant, a photograph of Langston's tombstone in Tonga taken in 2002, letters from his mission president, and a letter home written by Langston himself. Dated 1916-2002.


  • 1916-2002
  • Majority of material found within 1916-1918


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

Biographical / Historical

Charles John Langston (1895-1918) was a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who died from Spanish influenza while on his mission in Tonga.

Charles J. Langston was born on March 24, 1895, in Rockville, Utah, to Jacob Heathcote Langston and Alice Maud Hall. While living in Lynndyl, Utah, he received and accepted the call to serve a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to Tonga. He was set apart on December 13, 1916, and entered the field shortly thereafter. He spent almost two years serving the people of Tonga when he contracted Spanish influenza. Because of the disease, his body couldn't be transported back to Utah and he died and was buried in Tonga.

Charles John. Langston died on November 26, 1918.


1 oversize folder (0.01 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Donated by Orpha Langston Taylor family, relatives of Charles J. Langston, in 2014.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Orpha Langston Taylor family; 2014.


Utah and the Western American and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts collection development policy IV.a.i.1 and 4, November 2013).

Related Materials

Materials related to the Charles J. Langston papers can be found under the call number MSS 5965.

Processing Information

Processed; Zoë Brimhall, student manuscript processor, and Ryan K. Lee, curator; 2015.

Register of Charles J. Langston papers
Zoë Brimhall
2015 February 3
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