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Morris and Callister law firm records

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSS 9165

Content Description

Contains two law firm ledgers: (1) Approximately 1917-1920. (2) Approximately 1920-1922. Also contains one folder with Morris and Callister cancelled checks, approximately 1894- 1934.


  • approximately 1894-1934


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 Morris and Callister law firm records must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.

Biographical / Historical

Charles M. Morris (1882-1947) was an attorney.

Charles Meyer Morris was born June 18, 1882 in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Robert Morris and Josephine Meyer. He served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Germany and attended the LDS University and the University of Utah. In his junior year he left Utah and went to George Washington University to study law. While at GWU he began acting as private secretary to Utah's Senator Reid Smoot in March 1907. Morris had married Elizabeth Bowring in 1905. Morris graduated from George Washington University with an LL.B in 1908 and was admitted to the Utah Bar later that year. He continued to serve in Washington as secretary of the Congressional Printing Investigation Committee from 1909 to 1911 and worked as Smoot's private secretary until 1911.

Upon his return to Salt Lake City Morris became Deputy County Attorney and a member of the firm Stewart, Bowman, and Morris. He later became a partner in the firm of Morris and Callister. President Warren appointed him as United States District Attorney for Utah in June 1921. After his resignation in 1929, Morris continued in private practice and served in the American Bar Association, the Elks Club, the Native Sons of Utah, and the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce.

Charles M. Morris died January 12, 1947 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Biographical History

Edward Richard Callister (1889-1936) was an attorney.

Edward Richard Callister was born June 7, 1889 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Edward Henry Callister and Louisa Jane Eddington. He was married to Irene Simmons in September 1910. He was a partner in the law firm Morris and Callister.

Edward Richard Callister died June 15, 1936 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Administrative history

Morris and Callister was a law firm in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Morris and Callister was formed in 1917 when Edward R. Callister and Charles M. Morris separated from their former law firm, Stewart, Bowman, Morris and Callister. The law firm was located in Salt Lake City and featured regularly in local newspapers. It was known to exist until at least 1934.


1 half box (0.25 linear ft)

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Custodial History

Items were transferred from the Church History Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to L. Tom Perry Special Collections in 2017.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; July 2018.


Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history, (20th and 21st Century Western and Mormon Americana, II, B, 5, VI, 2016)


This was stored in the Church History Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints under the number MS 29887.

Processing Information

Processed; Madison Landrith, student manuscript processor, and Ryan Lee, curator; November 2018.

Register of Morris and Callister law firm records
Madison Landrith
21 November 2018
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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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