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Elizabeth Wood Kane journals, 1858–1863, 1888-1891, 1900–1907

 Sub-Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 3190 Series 3 Sub-Series 1

Scope and Contents

Contains the personal journals of Kane and various materials found within those journals. Materials include newspaper clippings, botanical pressings, receipts, letters, and notes. Ten volumes of the journal are hard-bound, while two are carbon copies of a later type-setting. The first carbon-copy is labeled "Volume Three," but volumes one and two are not present. The materials concern the everyday life and activities of Elizabeth Wood Kane, including detailed account of daily occurrences, family correspondence, receipts for purchases, and other financial matters. Items date between 1868 and 1907.


  • Other: 1858–1863
  • Other: 1888-1891
  • Other: 1900–1907

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

Biographical History note

From the Series:

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.


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