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Ray Carl Howell collection of John and Etta Sidwell papers

Ray Carl Howell collection of John and Etta Sidwell papers

Dates: Approximately 1880-1910

Contains materials relating to the Black Hawk War. Included are the writing of John and Etta Sidwell documenting the story of the pioneers and the first settlers in the Salt Lake Valley as well as his speeches, music scores, letters, journals, and three notebooks used at war veteran meetings. Materials are dated approximately 1880-1910.

  • Extent: 2 oversize folders (0.6 linear ft.). -- 14 folders (0.25 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Howell, Ray Carl. -- Sidwell, John, 1840-1914. -- Sidwell, Etta Jane, 1870-1958. -- Howell, Ray Carl
  • Call Number: MSS 8465
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602; http://sc.lib.byu.edu/
  • 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 Ray Carl Howell collection of John and Etta Sidwell 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 8465; Ray Carl Howell collection of John and Etta Sidwell papers; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 8465, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Collection was donated by Ray Carl Howell in 1979. He obtained materials from Etta Jane Sidwell and his grandfather Roy Bowler.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Ray Carl Howell; 1979.
Subject Terms
Politics, Government, and Law; Territorial Government; Black Hawk War (Utah), 1865-1872; Howell, Ray Carl; Sidwell, John, 1840-1914; Sidwell, Etta Jane, 1870-1958
Genre / Form
Personal papers
Processing Information
Processed; Catie Freedman, student manuscript processor, John M. Murphy, curator; 2015.
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
Howell (Ray Carl) collection of John and Etta Sidwell papers
Finding Aid Author
Catie Freedman
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2015-09-14 16:08:02 -0600.
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Biographical Info:

Biographical / Historical

Ray Carl Howell is a preserver of history.

Ray Carl Howell was born to parents Tharol and Lucille Bowles Howell. He has worked to preserve his families history, specifically relating to the Black Hawk War. He currently resides in Utah.

Biographical / Historical

John Sidwell (1840-1914) was a husband, father, and early pioneer settler of the West.

John Sidwell was born on March 9, 1840 in Little Britain, Lancaster, Pennsylvania to parents Job Vincent Sidwell Jr. and Susan Robinson. In 1857 he was called on a mission to the White Mountains, present day Nevada, to explore the country for a cave. With the help of the Indians he was able to fulfil his calling and was able to speak the native language fluently.

He married Eliza Wilson on November 4, 1860 in Nephi, Utah. Together they had eight children. Sidwell held many positions within his community including: member to the Black Hawk Indian War Post, city councilman of Nephi, Juab county Sheriff, marhsal of Nephi, and member of the Home Dramatic Company.

He died on April 17, 1914 in Nephi, Utah where he is buried.

Biographical / Historical

Etta Jane Sidwell (1870-1958) was a Mormon woman and leader within her community.

Etta Jane Sidwell was born on October 15, 1870 in Nephi, Utah to parents John and Eliza Wilson Sidwell. As a young girl she attended school where she also did work sweeping the floors. When she was eleven years old her mother died leaving her to care for the house.

Etta worked within her community fulfilling various callings. She served in the Mutual Improvement Association in many capacities. In 1915, she went to San Fransicsco, California where she attended the world's first geneology convention. She served as a missionary in the Juab stake from 1921-1922. She worked very hard to presrve the histories of Relif Society and Mutual Imporvement Association.

She passed away on August 15, 1958 in Nephi, Utah where she is buried.

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