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Jesse Knight papers

Identifier: MSS 1434

Scope and Contents

Collection includes various biographical materials of Jesse Knight, such as patriarchal blessings, the biography of Knight by Inez Knight Allen, funeral tributes to Jesse Knight, legal and financial records of the Blue Bench Irrigation Company, and correspondence concerning the Jesse Knight Trust Fund established for Brigham Young University students. Also included are writings about Knight by Mark Allen. Materials dated approximately 1856 to 2000, with the bulk dated 1856 to 1960.


  • approximately 1856-2000
  • bulk 1856-1960


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

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 / Historical

Jesse Knight was born September 6, 1845, in Nauvoo, Illinois to Newel and Lydia Goldthwaite Knight. His family, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Days Saints, left Nauvoo for the Salt Lake Valley in 1846, but did not arrive until 1850. In 1857, his family relocated to Provo, Utah, where Knight bought and sold cattle. After marrying Amanda McEwan in 1869, Knight and his family ranched in Payson, Utah. In 1896, he discovered a silver mine near Eureka, Utah, that gave him great wealth. He later started the Tintic Drain Tunnel Company and served as president of the Knight Investment Company, Knight Trust & Savings Bank, Springville-Mapleton Sugar Company, Spring Canyon Coal Company, Knight Woolen Mills, Eureka Hill Railroad, Ellison Ranching Company, Nevada, Knight Sugar Company in Canada, American-Colombian Corporation, South America, and about twenty other mining companies. He generously contributed to Brigham Young University and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and was often referred to as "Uncle Jesse" for his kindness and generosity. Besides mining, Knight was successful in farming sugar beets. Jesse and Amanda Knight raised six children. He died on March 14, 1921, in a town he settled, Raymond, Alberta, Canada.

Biographical / Historical

Mark Knight Allen was born on October 22, 1905, in Provo, Utah to Robert Eugene Allen and Amanda Inez Knight. He was raised in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and was baptized in 1913. Allen earned his bachelor's degree at Brigham Young University, and later completed a master's degree and Ph.D. at Stanford University. In 1934, he married Phyllis Sloan and began work as a psychologist and assistant superintendent at the Utah State Training School in American Fork, Utah. He remained there until 1946, when he joined the psychology faculty at Brigham Young University. Allen remained at the university until his retirement in 1975, during that time serving as department chair for ten years. He also received a Fulbright Scholarship, spending a year teaching psychology at the University of Ankara, Turkey and Middle East Technical University. He died on January 30, 1996, in Provo, Utah.


1 box (0.5 linear ft.)

2 oversize folders (0.7 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Original collection donated by Mark Allen in 1974. Newspaper clipping donated later by Frank Madsen and Roger Flick, Sons of Utah Pioneers Library.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Mark Allen; 1974.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Frank Madsen and Roger Flick, Sons of Utah Pioneers Library.


19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.

Processing Information

Processed; Andrea Wyss; 2011.

Processing Information

Processed; Karen Glenn; 2023.

Register of Jesse Knight papers
Andrea Wyss
2011 March 11
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