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Russel Benson Backus collection on Albert Galliton Earl and Elvira Egbert Carson

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 8921

Scope and Contents

Contains biographical materials on Russel Benson Backus' ancestors, Albert Galliton Earl and Elvira Egbert Carson. Carson's autobiography covers 1821-1898 and discusses her life as a Mormon pioneer. Earl's biography, written by his daughter Elizabeth Elvira Earl Cordner, covers 1846-1909 and discusses his experiences in the Civil War and as a businessman in Utah. The collection includes original documents as well as photocopies, and both biographies are available on DVD. Materials dated 1865-2016.


  • 1865-2016


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 the Russel Benson Backus collection on Albert Galliton Earl and Elvira Egbert Carson must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.

Biographical History

Russel Benson Backus is a family historian in Virginia and is the grandson of Samuel Cordner.

Russel Benson Backus was born to Elmer Eugene and Gertrude Violet Cordner Backus. He attended Utah State University in Logan, Utah. Backus is involved in preserving the memory of his grandfather, Samuel Cordner.

Backus was raised in Utah and spent some time in Idaho but currently resides in Virginia.

Biographical History

Elvira Egbert Carson (1821-1908) was a Mormon convert and early settler of Utah.

Carson was born on September 10, 1821 in Green Township, Indiana. She and her family joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and moved to Nauvoo, Illinois in 1833. She married John Carson in 1841, and together they had eleven children. She arrived with her family in Utah in 1851.

Elvira Egbert Carson died on February 28, 1908 in Provo, Utah.

Biographical History

Elizabeth Elvira Earl Cordner (1877-1949) was a Mormon farmer's wife in Utah.

She was born in Fairfield, Utah to Albert Galliton Earl and Mary Emma Carson Earl. She was married to Samuel Cordner and was the mother of five children.


1 folder (0.1 linear ft)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Donated by Russel Benson Backus on October 7, 2016.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Russel Benson Backus; October 7, 2016.


Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, family, social, intellectual, and religious history (19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts Collection Development Policy, IV a. i. 1, November 14, 2013).

Processing Information

Processed; Elizabeth Kane, student manuscript processor, and Ryan Lee, curator; February 2, 2017.

Register of Russel Benson Backus collection on Albert Galliton Earl and Elvira Egbert Carson
Elizabeth Kane
2017 January 2
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