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Kate Field autographed note

 Item — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 9128

Scope and contents

Contains a signed note by Kate Field an American journalist who was against Mormonism and polygamy. The note contains the quote, "Mormonism is organized treason." It is unclear where or how this note was produced. Dated January 11, 1886.


  • 1886 January 11


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 the Kate Field autographed note must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.

Biographical history

Kate Field (1838-1896) was an American journalist, lecturer, actress, and opponent of polygamy and Mormonism.

Kate Field was born October 1, 1838 in St. Louis, Missouri to Joseph Field and Eliza Riddle. She wrote columns for the Boston Courier and Boston Evening Transcript. She gained a reputation with her three-part writing of "The Last Days of Walter Savage Landor" in the Atlantic Monthly. In 1868 Field helped found the first professional women's club. In November 1874, she opened on Broadway as Peg Woffington in a revival of Masks and Faces. Although she had to give up acting due to her health, she began working as a critic for the New York Tribune. Field lived a year in Salt Lake City studying Mormonism. Kate Field passed away May 16, 1986 on a steamer between Kawaihae and Honolulu in Hawaii.


1 folder (0.05 linear ft.)

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Custodial History

This item was purchased from Stuart Lutz Historical Documents by Special Collections in March 2018.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased; Stuart Lutz Historical Documents; March 2018.


LDS, Utah and the American West cultural, social, and religious history (19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts collection development policy IV.a.i.1 and 4, November 2013).

Processing Information

Processed; Maddi Landrith, student manuscript processor, and Ryan K. Lee, Curator; April 3, 2018.

Register of Kate Field autographed note
Maddi Landrith Student Manuscript Processor
2018 April 3
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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