Matthew and Elva T. Cowley papers

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Matthew and Elva T. Cowley papers

Dates: 1914-1980

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.

  • Extent: 1 oversize folder (1 linear ft.). -- 2 boxes (1 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Cowley, Elva Taylor. -- Cowley, Matthew, 1897-1953
  • Call Number: MSS 1470
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602;
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
Languages and Scripts
Some items are in Maori.
Conditions of 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.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS 1470; Matthew and Elva T. Cowley papers; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 1470, LTPSC.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Elva T. Cowley; 1975 and 1981.
Separated Material
Original photographs transferred to Photoarchives.
Other Finding Aids
File-level inventory available online.
Subject Terms
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints--Apostles; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints--Missions--Australia; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints--Missions--China; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints--Missions--Cook Islands--Rarotonga; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints--Missions--French Polynesia--Tahiti (Island); Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints--Missions--New Zealand; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints--Missions--Samoan Islands; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints--Oceania--History; Cowley family; Cowley, Elva Taylor; Cowley, Matthew, 1897-1953; Religion; Missions and Missionaries; Mormonism (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints); Mormon Church--Apostles; Mormon Church--Missions--Australia; Mormon Church--Missions--China; Mormon Church--Missions--Cook Islands--Rarotonga; Mormon Church--Missions--French Polynesia--Tahiti (Island); Mormon Church--Missions--New Zealand; Mormon Church--Missions--Samoan Islands; Mormon Church--Oceania--History; Mormon Pioneer Memorial Bridge (North Omaha, Neb.); Te Karere
Genre / Form
Family histories; Photocopies; Typescripts
Appraisal Information
Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.VII, 2007).
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Finding Aid Title
Cowley (Matthew and Elva T.) papers
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Andrea Wyss
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013-08-05T10:11-0600
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Biographical History

LDS Apostle and mission president and his wife.

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