Coray family papers

Coray family papers

Dates: 1843-1965

Collection includes holographs (some photocopies), typescripts, printed documents with holograph entries, printed materials. Collection includes correspondence, journals, autobiographical and biographical sketches, certificates and legal documents, financial records, notebooks, clippings and memorabilia relating to the lives of Howard Coray, a personal friend and secretary to Joseph Smith, Jr.; Coray's wife, Martha Jane Knowlton Coray; and the families of two of Coray's children, Howard K. Coray and Mary K. Coray Roberts. Much of the collection centers around Coray's granddaughter, Edna Coray Dyer, a twentieth-century Utah musician. Other papers in the collection relate to the lives of twenty-one other descendents of Howard Coray.

  • Extent: 1 oversize box (1 linear ft.). -- 9 boxes (4.5 linear ft.)
  • Call Number: MSS 1422
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602;
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
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Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Coray family papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS 1422; Coray family papers; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 1422, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Some materials are gifts of Jennie N. Weeks, 1978, 1980.
Acquisition Information
Parts donated; Jennie N. Weeks; 1978, 1980.
Other Finding Aids
File-level inventory available online.
Related Material
Photographs transferred to Photoarchives (MSS P 119).
Subject Terms
Coray family--Archives; Coray, Howard, 1817-1908; Coray, Howard, 1842-1928; Coray, Martha, 1821 or 2-1881; Dyer, Edna Helen Coray, 1875-1960; Smith, Joseph, Jr., 1805-1844; Home and Family; Nauvoo (Ill.)--History--Sources; Provo (Utah)--History--Sources; San Luis Valley (Colo. and N.M.)--History--Sources; Social Life and Customs
Genre / Form
Autobiographies; Biography--19th century; Biography--20th century; Certificates; Letters
Appraisal Information
19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.
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Finding Aid Title
Coray family papers
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Andrea Wyss
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013-07-08T12:27-0600
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Biographical History

The Coray family were Latter-day Saint Church converts in the 1840's.

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Ryan Lee
Curator - 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts