Charles Ora Card diaries

Charles Ora Card diaries

Dates: 1871-1885

Collection includes a compilation of the diaries and journals of Charles Ora Card, encompassing the years 1871-1885.

  • Extent: 2 boxes (1 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Card, Charles Ora, 1839-1906
  • Call Number: MSS 6024
  • 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 Charles Ora Card Diaries 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 6024; Charles Ora Card Diaries; 19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 6024, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated by Brigham Y. Card in 1991.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Brigham Y. Card; 1991.
Subject Terms
Card, Charles Ora, 1839-1906--Diaries; Material Types; Mormons--Alberta--History; Mormons--Colonization--Alberta; Mormons--Utah--Diaries; Polygamy--Utah--History--19th century
Genre / Form
Processing Information
Processed; Meghan Mathews; 13 December 2007.
Appraisal Information
19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts.
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
Card (Charles Ora) diaries
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Karen Glenn, Amanda Clark, student processors; John M. Murphy, curator
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2014-05-25T04:11-0600
Finding Aid Language
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.
Biographical Info:

Biographical History

Charles Ora Card (1839-1906) was founded the town of Cardston and served as the first mayor.

Charles Ora Card was born November 5, 1839 in Ossian Township, New York, to Cyrus W. Card and Sarah Ann Tuttle. He became the son-in-law to Brigham Young when he married Young’s daughter, Zina Young Williams, in 1884 in Logan, Utah. He was also married to Sarah Jane (Sally) Beirdneau, Sarah Jane Painter, and Lavinia Clark Rigby. After being arrested for practicing polygamy in 1885, Card was sent by church president John Taylor to settle southern Alberta. He founded the town of Cardston, which was named in his honor. He served as the Stake President of the Alberta Stake from 1886 to 1903 and was involved in many other community building projects. In 1901, he was elected as the Cardston’s first mayor. Card later returned to Utah where he died in Logan on September 9, 1906.

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Curator - 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts