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Isabel F. Cowan correspondence

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 8563

Scope and Contents

Contains fifteen letters received by Cowan from March 21, 1918 to September 7, 1920, eight of which are written by Frank Wilbur Randall and two by his wife Agnes Randall. Contents of these letters include his dealings in Arizona as an x-ray technician, including the smelter business, and about the death of Agnes. Agnes wrote about their move to Colorado. Five letters are written by others related to Frank and Agnes, including Jennie who is a sister to Guy Cowan, P. Callahan, Eli Webb who is related to the Cowans, and two unidentified authors. Dated 1918-1920.


  • 1918-1920


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 Isabel F. Cowan correspondence must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Frank Wilbur Randall (1874-1930) was a doctor who worked with X-rays.

Frank Wilbur Randall was born on September 24, 1874, in Winnebago, Wisconsin to Edwin Mortimer Randall, Sr. and Lucretia Caroline Steele. On April 5, 1912 he married Mary Bise in Tombstone, Arizona. Later on September 21, 1914, he married Agnes Heaton Thompson in Cochise County, Arizona. He trained as a physician, and worked with X-rays in the 1910s, and worked in Douglas, Arizona at the Surgical Maternity Hospital. Randall then married again on July 25, 1920, to Magdalen Dettweiler in Douglas, Arizona.

Randall died on December 16, 1930 in Hot Springs, New Mexico.

Biographical History

Agnes H. Randall (1880-1918) was a doctor's wife in Arizona.

Agnes Jessie Heaton was born on October 21, 1880 in Wellsville, Utah to George Heaton and Jane Laidman Robinson. In 1911 she married John R. Thompson in Salt Lake City, Utah. She later married Frank Wilbur Randall on September 21, 1912, in Cochise County, Arizona, and they had one daughter. Agnes died on December 16, 1918 in Douglas, Arizona of influenza.


1 folder (0.02 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Purchased from Kathy Abbott via eBay in August 2014.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased; Kathy Abbott; August 14, 2014.


Utah and the American West (19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts collection development policy 1.V, November 2013).

Processing Information

Processed; Nate Burroughs, intern manuscript processor, and Ryan K. Lee, curator; 2014.

Register of Isabel F. Cowan correspondence
Nate Burroughs
2014 September 8
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