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Thomas L. Kane pocket diary and correspondence

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Vault MSS 796

Scope and Contents

Pocket diary, 1852, 12 x 7.5 cm, one volume, bound, brass-clasped, black with gold lettering, pencil entries and pencil sketches throughout; Letter of Brigham Young to Kane, 15 Dec. 1859, 7 pp., encapsulated; three additional holographic letters: Thomas L. Kane to his aunt, Mrs. Constable, n.d. 1 p.; Kane to Samuel P. Bates, historian of Pennsylvania, 6 April 1867, 2 pp.; letter of Elizabeth W. Kane to her son Elisha, 24 February 1900. 2pp. Also a photocopy of letter of Thomas L. Kane to his son Lisha, 15 Dec. 1867, 2 pp.

In 1852, Thomas Kane traveled to the West Indies to improve his health and to study the effects of the emancipation of slaves there. This pocket diary contains his observations in both writing and sketches. In July, 1859, Kane asked Brigham Young to give to the US Attorney, General J. Black, an account of Young's actions relating to the Mountain Meadows Massacre (11 Sept. 1857). Young's 15 December 1859 letter is this response.


  • 1852-1900


Conditions Governing Access

Original pocket diary of Thomas Kane and the 1859 letter of Brigham Young are condition restricted. Photocopies are available for research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Pocket diary and correspondence must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.


9 folders (0.9 linear ft.)

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Custodial History

Items were acquired by Ashworth from a variety of sources.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Acquisitions; Purchased from Brent Ashworth in June 2001.


19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.

Register of Thomas L. Kane pocket diary and correspondence
Leslie Evens
2011 November 17
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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