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Charles Ora Card papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1543

Scope and Contents

Contains materials pertaining to the life and work of Charles Ora Card, and includes personal journals, letters, and office journals ranging from 1871 to 1903. They cover Card's responsibilities in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints both in Logan, Utah and Southern Canada as well as construction of various canals, roads, and buildings. They also discuss his relationships in polygamy, the colonization of Alberta, Canada by Mormon pioneers including association with the Canadian government, and documentation of much of the history of Logan, Utah and Cardston, Canada while he resided in each place. Materials dated 1871-1903.


  • 1871-1906


Conditions Governing Access

Originals restricted. Photocopies and microfilm available for public use.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Biographical History

Charles Ora Card (1839-1906) was a Mormon settler and prominent church leader in Logan and southern Alberta, Canada.

Charles Ora Card was born on November 5, 1839 to Cyrus William Card and Sarah Ann Tuttle. The Card family became associated with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1843. charles was baptized by his Uncle, April 12, 1856. He crossed the plains as part of a handcart company arriving in Salt Lake Valley September 1856. Charles became a member of 56th quorum of the Seventy, in Farmington before his family moved to Logan in March 1860. While in Logan, he was involved in education, building of the Logan Tabernacle and the Logan Temple, as well as became the Cache Stake President. Early in 1887, Charles was asked by John Taylor to relocate and settle southern Alberta, Canada with a group of saints, though his not all of his families and wives and came with him. He established the town of Cardson. He was over the Canadian Mission and then the Stake President of the Alberta Stake for about twelve years starting in 1890. He was released as Stake President and became a patriarch September 1902. He was carried to Logan in December 1903 and he died in Logan September 9, 1906.

Biographical History

The Card family was a Mormon family in Logan, Utah and Alberta, Canada.

Charles Ora Card (1839-1906) moved to Logan, Utah in 1860 where he was involved in education, the building of the Logan Tabernacle and the Logan Temple, and became the president of the Cache Stake. Charles married his wife, Sara Jane Beirdneau on October 17, 1867, with whom he had 2 children with. Charles went on to have 5 wives and 16 children in total.


11 boxes (5.5 linear ft.)

9 microfilm reels (1.3 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Arranged in two series: 1. Charles Ora Card diaries, 1871-1903. 2. Charles Ora Card correspondence, 1884-1906.

Other Finding Aids

Item-level inventory available online.

Custodial History

The Charles Ora Card papers were donated to the Harold B. Lee Library in several installments. The twenty-six volumes of the Logan journals were given by JoAnn Sloan Rogers in September 1980. They had belonged to her grandmother, Pearl Painter Carl Sloan. Then another twenty-one volumes and the correspondence to Zina Card, covering the Cardston years, were donated on August 8, 1986, by Mrs. Edwin R. (Mary) Firmage, daughter of Hugh B. Brown and Zina Card Brown, and granddaughter of Zina Young Williams Card. The journal covering 1892 to 1893 was donated by Donald Godfrey in May 1987. The journals for 1885 was mistakenly given by Mary Firmage to the Historical Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1987. The Historical Department released it to the BYU Archives on February 5, 1988.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; JoAnn Sloan Rogers; September 1980.

Donated; Mary B Firmage; August 8, 1986.

Donated; Donald Godfrey; May 1987.

Donated; Historical Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; February 5, 1988.


LDS culture, family, social, intellectual, mission, and religious history (19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts Collection Development Policy, IV. A. i. 1, November 14, 2013).

Existence and Location of Copies

Photocopies available in Box 6-10.

Microfilm located at SCM 001 264, SCM 001 265, SCM 001 266, SCM 001 267, SCM 001 268, SCM 001 269, SCM 001 270, SCM 001 271, and SCM 001 272.

Processing Information

Processed; David J. Whittaker, Craig Foster, and Stephen Kovalenko; September 1997.

Processed; Rebekah Hartshorn, student manuscript processor, and Ryan Lee, curator; 2017.

Register of Charles Ora Card papers
Jennifer Kim
2011 September 19
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