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Matthew and Elva T. Cowley papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1470

Scope and Contents

Holographs, typescripts (some duplicated), printed material and newspaper clippings (photocopies). Contains journals, correspondence, mission papers, speeches and notes, newspaper clippings, and memorabilia concerning Cowley's mission to New Zealand, time as a student in Washington, D.C., his life as a mission president and Apostle, and the development of missionary activity in the South Pacific and Orient. Also included are an autobiography by Elva T. Cowley and Cowley family histories.


  • 1914-1980


Language of Materials

Some items are in Maori.

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 publish material from Matthew and Elva T. Cowley papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

LDS Apostle and mission president and his wife.


1 oversize folder (1 linear ft.)

2 boxes (1 linear ft.)

Other Finding Aids

File-level inventory available online.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Elva T. Cowley; 1975 and 1981.


Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.VII, 2007).

Separated Materials

Original photographs transferred to Photoarchives.

Register of Matthew and Elva T. Cowley papers
Andrea Wyss
2011 March 10
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