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Elizabeth Wood Kane papers, 1868–1907

Identifier: MSS 3190 Series 3

Scope and Contents

Contains materials related to the life and activites of Elizabeth Wood Kane. It is composed primarily of a series of journals, several bound books, and a wide variety of papers and newspaper clippings. Subjects include records of daily life, domestic tasks, family matters, the settlement of Kane, Pennsylvania, and Elizabeth's activities as a medical doctor. Materials date between 1868 and 1907.


  • Other: 1868–1907


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Biographical History note

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 folders

Language of Materials



Arranged in four subseries: 1. Elizabeth Wood Kane journals. 2. Elizabeth Wood Kane history of the settlement of Kane, Pennsylvania. 3. Elizabeth Wood Kane recipes. 4. Elizabeth Wood Kane notes and programs.

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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