Elizabeth Wood Kane papers, 1830-1921
Scope and Contents
Contains Kane's manuscripts, including her fourteen diaries, beginning in 1853 and ending in 1909, although there are numerous gaps in their coverage. The first nine date before her husband's death, and include accounts of his life. Also includes the papers of her father, William Wood, as well as Kane's mostly unpublished work.
- Majority of material found within 1830-1921
- Kane (Family : Kane, Thomas L. (Thomas Leiper), 1822-1883) (creator, Family)
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.
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.
Language of Materials
Arranged in five subseries: 1. Correspondence and other material. 2. William Wood family papers. 3. Journals. 4. Writings. 5. Correspondence.
Other Finding Aids
File-level inventory available online. http://files.lib.byu.edu/ead/XML/VMSS792.xml