Kane family collection
Scope and Contents
Collection contains materials related to the lives, doings, and family members of Thomas L. Kane and his wife Elizabeth Wood Kane. These include a wide variety of papers, journals, books, pocketbooks, newspaper clippings, botanical pressings, photographs, letters, receipts, and other items. Most materials relate to personal or family matters, but some materials of wider interest are also present. Other significant topics covered are the founding of Kane, Pennsylvania by the Kane family, Kane family genealogy, daily activities of the Kane Summit Hospital, Thomas L. Kane's connections to the Mormon Church and the Utah War, and his service in the Civil War. Materials date from between 1835 and 1931.
- approximately 1835-1931
- Kane (Family : Kane, Thomas L. (Thomas Leiper), 1822-1883) (creator, Family)
Conditions Governing Access
Condition restricted; permission to use materials must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services. Patrons should use reproductions where available.
Conditions Governing Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to use material from this collection must be obtained from Reference Services at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Kane family was a prominent family of politicians, lawyers, and doctors in Pennsylvania. Thomas L. Kane (1822-1883) was born in Philadelphia to John K. Kane (1795-1858), judge and politician in the city. In 1853 he married Elizabeth Dennistown Wood (1836-1909), and they had four children. Following the Civil War, the Kane family moved to western Pennsylvania to found the town of Kane, Pennsylvania.
15 boxes (7.5 linear ft.)
Language of Materials
The Thomas L. and Elizabeth W. Kane family collection, 1835-1931, contains a series of materials relating primarily to Thomas, Elizabeth, and three of their four children: Harriet Amelia Kane, Elisha Kent Kane, and Evan O'Neill Kane. Among these is an American Civil War pocketbook kept by Thomas L. Kane; an original patriarchal blessing given to Thomas at Council Bluffs by Mormon patriarch John Smith and recorded by Wilford Woodruff; a letter sent from Brigham Young to Thomas when the latter arrived in Utah in 1858 to try and prevent a pending war between the Latter-day Saints and the U.S. government; four folders of letters, receipts, and other material related to the development of Kane, Pennsylvania; ten handwritten and two printed copies of journals kept by Elizabeth; and a two-volume history of the settlement of Kane, Pennsylvania, handwritten by Elizabeth for her grandchildren. The collection also contains thirteen of Harriet's composition exercise books, two of Elisha's letters, and one of Evan's medical ledgers. In addition, it includes 168 photographs, many of Kane family members and some of Kane, Pennsylvania. Four tangible artifacts are also located in the collection: a lock of Thomas L. Kane's beard; a silver creamer belonging to Elizabeth Kane; and two linens, also belonging to Elizabeth and with her initials embroidered on them. A number of printed works were also found in the collection, including a volume of Thomas Kempis', Libri Quatuor De Imitatione Christi, Praecipuo Regni Administro, Dicati, given to Elizabeth by Thomas L. Kane on Elizabeth's sixteenth birthday.
Arranged into eleven series: 1. John Kintzing and Jane Duval Leiper Kane papers. 2. Thomas L. Kane papers. 3. Elizabeth Wood Kane papers. 4. Harriet Amelia Kane papers. 5. Elisha Kent Kane papers. 6. Evan O'Neill Kane papers. 7. Kane family periodical, map, and other material. 8. Kane family notes, cards, and other material 9. Kane family drawing, map, and other material. 10. Elizabeth Wood Kane artifacts. 11. Kane family photographs.
Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements
The photographs in this collection are located in cold vault storage. At least 24 hours notice is required for access.
Other Finding Aids
A file and item-level finding aid is available online. http://files.lib.byu.edu/ead/XML/MSS3190.xml
Materials in this collection were purchased at an auction held at the Kane Manor in Kane, Pennsylvania, in September of 2003.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Purchased; Kane Manor auction; 2003.
History of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon and Western American Manuscripts Collection Development Policy V.B.5.a, 2020)
Existence and Location of Copies
Processed; Jana Lloyd; February 2006.
- Account books
- Cain family -- Archives
- Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
- Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.)
- Home and Family
- Kane (Pa.) -- History
- Latter Day Saint churches
- Social Life and Customs
- United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865
- Utah Expedition (1857-1858)
- Register of the Kane family collection
- Under Revision
- Jana Lloyd
- February 2006
- 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.
- Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008