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Ray Carl Howell collection of John and Etta Sidwell papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 8465

Content Description

Contains materials relating to the Black Hawk War. Included are the writing of John and Etta Sidwell documenting the story of the pioneers and the first settlers in the Salt Lake Valley as well as his speeches, music scores, letters, journals, and three notebooks used at war veteran meetings. Materials are dated approximately 1880-1910.


  • Other: Approximately 1880-1910


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 Ray Carl Howell collection of John and Etta Sidwell papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical / Historical

Ray Carl Howell is a preserver of history.

Ray Carl Howell was born to parents Tharol and Lucille Bowles Howell. He has worked to preserve his families history, specifically relating to the Black Hawk War. He currently resides in Utah.

Biographical / Historical

John Sidwell (1840-1914) was a husband, father, and early pioneer settler of the West.

John Sidwell was born on March 9, 1840 in Little Britain, Lancaster, Pennsylvania to parents Job Vincent Sidwell Jr. and Susan Robinson. In 1857 he was called on a mission to the White Mountains, present day Nevada, to explore the country for a cave. With the help of the Indians he was able to fulfil his calling and was able to speak the native language fluently.

He married Eliza Wilson on November 4, 1860 in Nephi, Utah. Together they had eight children. Sidwell held many positions within his community including: member to the Black Hawk Indian War Post, city councilman of Nephi, Juab county Sheriff, marhsal of Nephi, and member of the Home Dramatic Company.

He died on April 17, 1914 in Nephi, Utah where he is buried.

Biographical / Historical

Etta Jane Sidwell (1870-1958) was a Mormon woman and leader within her community.

Etta Jane Sidwell was born on October 15, 1870 in Nephi, Utah to parents John and Eliza Wilson Sidwell. As a young girl she attended school where she also did work sweeping the floors. When she was eleven years old her mother died leaving her to care for the house.

Etta worked within her community fulfilling various callings. She served in the Mutual Improvement Association in many capacities. In 1915, she went to San Fransicsco, California where she attended the world's first geneology convention. She served as a missionary in the Juab stake from 1921-1922. She worked very hard to presrve the histories of Relif Society and Mutual Imporvement Association.

She passed away on August 15, 1958 in Nephi, Utah where she is buried.


2 oversize folders (0.6 linear ft.)

14 folders (0.25 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Collection was donated by Ray Carl Howell in 1979. He obtained materials from Etta Jane Sidwell and his grandfather Roy Bowler.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Ray Carl Howell; 1979.


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

5.VII, 2007).

Processing Information

Processed; Catie Freedman, student manuscript processor, John M. Murphy, curator; 2015.


Register of Ray Carl Howell collection of John and Etta Sidwell papers
Catie Freedman
2015 February 9
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