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Kane family personal papers, 1869-1965

Identifier: Vault MSS 792 Series 7

Scope and Contents

Contains correspondence, journals, and other materials from members of the Kane family descendend from Thomas L. and Elizabeth Wood Kane. Includes information the individual family members, as well as relationships between different branches of the family. Materials date from between 1869 and 1965.


  • Majority of material found within 1869-1965


Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Kane family papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.

Biographical / Historical

From the Collection:

The Thomas L. Kane (1822-1883) and Elizabeth Kane (1836-1909) family was a prominent family from Pennsylvania, and friends of members to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the 19th Century.

The Kane family was a prominent family of politicians, lawyers, and doctors in Pennsylvania. Thomas L. Kane (1822-1883) was born in Philadelphia to John K. Kane (1795-1858), judge and politician in the city. In 1853, Thomas married Elizabeth Dennistown Wood (1836-1909), and they had four children: Harriet, Elisha, Evan, and William, who later changed his name to Thomas after the death of his father. Thomas L. Kane was a friend of Brigham Young and the Mormons and helped facilitate their migration to Utah, and forged a compromise that kept the Utah War of 1857-58 from escalating to bloodshed. Elizabeth Kane wrote a book on her visit to Utah and interaction with the Mormons during the winter of 1872-73, titled "Twelve Mormon Homes." Following the Civil War, the Kane family moved to western Pennsylvania to found the town of Kane, Pennsylvania.


6 boxes

Language of Materials



Arranged in thirteen subseries: 1. Harriet Amelia Kane papers. 2. Elisha Kent Kane papers. 3. Evan O'Neill Kane papers. 4. Thomas L. Kane, Jr. papers. 5. Elisha Kent Kane papers. 6. Elizabeth Wood Kane correspondence. 7. William Wood Kane correspondence. 8. Bernard E. Kane correspondence. 9. Philip S. Kane correspondence. 10. Robert L. Kane correspondence. 11. Thelma Kane correspondence. 12. Kane family business correspondence. 13. Kane family manuscripts and pamphlets.

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Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States