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Charles A. Callis photographs

Identifier: MSS P 22

Scope and Contents

Contains copy prints, with corresponding negatives, of photographs taken by Callis and one original collodion POP carte-de-visite taken by Abernathy, 29 High Street, Belfast, Ireland. Subjects include the Callis family, leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and the Southern States Mission. Dated approximately 1890-1949.


  • approximately 1890-1949


Conditions Governing Access

Photographs in folder 1: Open for public research. Items kept in cold storage; access requires 24 hours advance notice. Copy negatives in folder 2: Open for public research. Items kept in cold storage; access requires 72 hours advance notice.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to use material from this collection must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Serivces at

Biographical / Historical

Charles A. Callis was born Charles Albert Callis on May 4, 1865 in Dublin, Ireland, to John Callis and Susannah Charlotte Quilliam Callis. His father died when he was a boy. He was just ten years of age when he and his mother immigrated to America using loans from the Perpetual Emigration Fund sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Charles worked in the coal mines at Coalville, Utah. B. H. Roberts encouraged him to attend Sunday meetings. Charles served as a missionary for the LDS Church in Great Britain, including a number of months in his native Ireland. After returning to Coalville, he was elected to the state legislature, then studied law and became a member of the bar. He married Grace Elizabeth Pack in the early 1900s. In 1905, he was called to serve as a missionary in the Eastern States Mission of the LDS Church (the name was later changed to the Southern States Mission). Church leaders gave him permission to take his family with him. In August 1908, he was appointed mission president of the Southern States Mission and served for twenty-five years. Although he did not have time to practice law while serving as mission president, he was admitted to the Bar in South Carolina and Florida. This gave him access to social circles which he otherwise could not have entered. His wife was president of the Relief Societies of the LDS Church in the Southern States for nineteen years. On Oct. 6, 1933, Elder Callis was chosen as one of the Council of the Twelve Apostles in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and ordained to that office October 14, 1933, by Heber J. Grant. He served as an Apostle until his death January 21, 1947, in Jacksonville, Florida.


2 folders (0.02 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Photographs are described at the item level. Also includes on folder of negatives described at the file level.

Custodial History

Mrs. Josephine Callis Spilsbury and Mrs. Kathleen Callis Larsen (daughters of Charles A. Callis) loaned the original photographs for copying in 1980. Only the copies were retained by the repository.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Kathleen Callis Larsen and Josephine Callis Spilsbury.


Photographs (Photograph Archives).

Related Materials

See also the Charles A. Callis papers (MSS 22).

Processing Information

Processed; 2007.

Processing Information

Processed; Anne Ashton; November 2022. Updated finding aid for DACS compliance and accuracy. Rehoused photographs to plastic sleeves for preservation.

Register of Charles A. Callis photographs
Under Revision
Rose Frank
2011 December 14
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