Kane family collection

Kane family collection

Dates: approximately 1835-1931

Collection contains materials related to the lives, doings, and family members of Thomas L. Kane and his wife Elizabeth Wood Kane. These include a wide variety of papers, journals, books, pocketbooks, newspaper clippings, botanical pressings, photographs, letters, receipts, and other items. Most materials relate to personal or family matters, but some materials of wider interest are also present. Other significant topics covered are the founding of Kane, Pennsylvania by the Kane family, Kane family genealogy, daily activities of the Kane Summit Hospital, Thomas L. Kane's connections to the Mormon Church and the Utah War, and his service in the Civil War. Materials date from between 1835 and 1931.

  • Extent: 15 boxes (7.5 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Kane (Family : Kane, Thomas L. (Thomas Leiper), 1822-1883)
  • Call Number: MSS 3190
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602; http://sc.lib.byu.edu/
  • Access Restrictions: Condition restricted; permission to use materials must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services. Patrons should use reproductions where available.
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Technical Requirements
The photographs in this collection are located in cold vault storage. At least 24 hours notice is required for access.
Arranged into eleven series: 1. John Kintzing and Jane Duval Leiper Kane papers. 2. Thomas L. Kane papers. 3. Elizabeth Wood Kane papers. 4. Harriet Amelia Kane papers. 5. Elisha Kent Kane papers. 6. Evan O'Neill Kane papers. 7. Kane family periodical, map, and other material. 8. Kane family notes, cards, and other material 9. Kane family drawing, map, and other material. 10. Elizabeth Wood Kane artifacts. 11. Kane family photographs.
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Photocopying is not permitted. Permission to publish material from the Kane family collection must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the Special Collections Coordinating Commitee.
Preferred Citation
Initial Citation: MSS 3190; Kane family collection; 19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following Citations: Vault MSS 3190, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Materials in this collection were purchased at an auction held at the Kane Manor in Kane, Pennsylvania, in September of 2003.
Acquisition Information
Purchased; Kane Manor auction; 2003.
Other Finding Aids
A file and item-level finding aid is available online. http://files.lib.byu.edu/ead/XML/MSS3190.xml
Related Material
See also the Thomas L. Kane papers (Vault MSS 792), Thomas L. Kane autograph (MSS 991), Thomas L. Kane diary (Vault MSS 807), Thomas L. Kane pocket diary and correspondence (Vault MSS 796), Elizabeth Wood Kane portrait (MSS 2957), John Kintzing Kane letter (MSS SC 2474), Brigham Young letter (Vault MSS 144), Jesse C. Little letters received and pamphlets (MSS SC 1124), and Samuel Allis statement (MSS SC 187). Ancestors and descendants of Thomas L. Kane and Elizabeth W. Kane collection (MSS 2212).
Subject Terms
Social Life and Customs; Home and Family; Kane (Pa.)--History; Mormon Church; United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865; Kane (Family : Kane, Thomas L. (Thomas Leiper), 1822-1883); Cain family--Archives; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Utah Expedition (1857-1858)
Genre / Form
Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.); Diaries; Photographs; Letters; Account books
Processing Information
Processed; Jana Lloyd; February 2006.
Appraisal Information
19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.
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Finding Aid Title
Kane family collection
Finding Aid Author
Jana Lloyd
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2016-12-08 18:40:43 -0700.
Finding Aid Language
Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008
Biographical Info:

Biographical History

The Kane family was a prominent family of politicians, lawyers, and doctors in Pennsylvania. Thomas L. Kane (1822-1883) was born in Philadelphia to John K. Kane (1795-1858), judge and politician in the city. In 1853 he married Elizabeth Dennistown Wood (1836-1909), and they had four children. Following the Civil War, the Kane family moved to western Pennsylvania to found the town of Kane, Pennsylvania.

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