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E. Kent Kane papers, 1830-1982

Identifier: Vault MSS 792 Series 9

Scope and Contents

Contains materials documenting the life and Kane family history research conducted by E. Kent Kane. Includes materials on Kane's personal relationship with Mormon leaders, research files, and related items. Items date from between 1830 and 1982.


  • Majority of material found within 1830-1982


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 History

E. Kent Kane (1902-1980) was a lawyer and industrialist in Pennsylvania.

Elisha Kent Kane was born on April 19, 1902 in Germantown, Pennsylvania to Elisha Kent Kane and Griselda "Zella" Ellen Hays. He trained to be a lawyer, and practiced in McKean County. He married Alma Rae Bryan (1902-1972) on March 17, 1929 in McKean County, and they had three children though they later divorced. Kane was became involved in industry and was active in the community, serving six terms in the Pennsylvania State Legislature. During World War II he joined the Navy, and served as a Lieutenant Commander. After the war Kane married Dorothy Heller Bergley in 1951, and they had one child together. This union was not to last either, and 1960 he married the third time to Clara Frieda Browning. Kane died in March 1980 in Smethport, Pennsylvania.


8 boxes

Language of Materials



Arranged in four subseries: 1. Papers on the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 2. Personal papers. 3. Research on the Kane family. 4. General research.

Other Finding Aids

File-level inventory available online.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States