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Elizabeth Wood Kane writings, 1856-1921

 Sub-Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Vault MSS 792 Series 6 Sub-Series 4

Scope and Contents

Contains autobiographical and literary writings by Elizabeth Wood Kane. Most of the documents, including travel accounts, focus on her life and experiences. She writes about her husband Thomas L. Kane serving in the Civil War, her experiences with the Mormons in the West, and Also includes family history projects, getting to meet President Ulysses S. Grant, and other family affairs. Materials also include family history writings like the autobiography of her father. Dated 1856-1921.


  • Majority of material found within 1856-1921


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

From the Series:

Elizabeth Wood Kane (1836-1909) was a prominent Pennsylvania prohibitionist, philanthropist, and physician.

Elizabeth Denniston Wood was born on May 12, 1836 to William Wood and Harriet Amelia Kane, and was raised in England. Her family emigrated to New York in 1844. In 1853 she married Thomas L. Kane. With her husband and four children, Harriet Amelia Kane (1854-1896); Elisha Kent Kane (1856-1935); Evan O'Neill Kane (1861-1932); and Thomas Leiper Kane, Jr. (1863-1929), Elizabeth founded the town of Kane, Pennsylvania. She worked tirelessly for the prohibition of alcohol both in Kane, and the wider United States. Her 1872 travels with her husband in Utah are recorded in her book "Twelve Mormon Homes." She obtained a medical degree from the Women's Medical College in Philadelphia in 1883. After her husband's death later that year, she became more involved in social and philanthropic causes including the Women's Christian Temperance Union, and the Kane Summit Hospital Association. She died peacefully while sleeping May 25, 1909.


5 boxes

Language of Materials



Arranged in eight subseries: 1. Elizabeth Wood Kane autobiography, 1869. 2. Elizabeth Wood Kane writings on the settlement and development of Kane, Pennsylvania, approximately 1866-1896. 3. Elizabeth Wood Kane writings about Ulysses S. Grant visit, 1869. 4. Elizabeth Wood Kane writings from Utah trip. 5. William Wood autobiography, 1894-1895. 6. Elizabeth Wood Kane writings about her trip to Mexico, 1896-1897. 7. Elizabeth Wood Kane biography of John Kane, 1921. 8. Elizabeth Wood Kane other writings, 1856-1881.

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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