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Charles Ora Card diaries

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 6024

Scope and Contents note

Collection includes a compilation of the diaries and journals of Charles Ora Card, encompassing the years 1871-1885.


  • 1871-1885


Conditions Governing Access note

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use note

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

Biographical History

Charles Ora Card (1839-1906) was founded the town of Cardston and served as the first mayor.

Charles Ora Card was born November 5, 1839 in Ossian Township, New York, to Cyrus W. Card and Sarah Ann Tuttle. He became the son-in-law to Brigham Young when he married Young’s daughter, Zina Young Williams, in 1884 in Logan, Utah. He was also married to Sarah Jane (Sally) Beirdneau, Sarah Jane Painter, and Lavinia Clark Rigby. After being arrested for practicing polygamy in 1885, Card was sent by church president John Taylor to settle southern Alberta. He founded the town of Cardston, which was named in his honor. He served as the Stake President of the Alberta Stake from 1886 to 1903 and was involved in many other community building projects. In 1901, he was elected as the Cardston’s first mayor. Card later returned to Utah where he died in Logan on September 9, 1906.


2 boxes (1 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Compilation of the diaries and journals of Charles Ora Card.

Custodial History note

Donated by Brigham Y. Card in 1991.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Donated; Brigham Y. Card; 1991.

Appraisal note

19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts.

Processing Information note

Processed; Meghan Mathews; 13 December 2007.

Register of Charles Ora Card diaries
Karen Glenn, Amanda Clark, student processors; John M. Murphy, curator
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