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Russel Benson Backus collection on Albert Galliton Earl and Elvira Egbert Carson

Russel Benson Backus collection on Albert Galliton Earl and Elvira Egbert Carson

Dates: 1865-2016

Contains biographical materials on Russel Benson Backus' ancestors, Albert Galliton Earl and Elvira Egbert Carson. Carson's autobiography covers 1821-1898 and discusses her life as a Mormon pioneer. Earl's biography, written by his daughter Elizabeth Elvira Earl Cordner, covers 1846-1909 and discusses his experiences in the Civil War and as a businessman in Utah. The collection includes original documents as well as photocopies, and both biographies are available on DVD. Materials dated 1865-2016.

  • Extent: 1 folder (0.1 linear ft)
  • Creator: Backus, Russel Benson. -- Cordner, Elizabeth Elvira Earl, 1877-1949. -- Carson, Elvira Egbert, 1821-1908
  • Call Number: MSS 8921
  • 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: 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 the Russel Benson Backus collection on Albert Galliton Earl and Elvira Egbert Carson must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS 8921; Russel Benson Backus collection on Albert Galliton Earl and Elvira Egbert Carson; 19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 8921, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated by Russel Benson Backus on October 7, 2016.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Russel Benson Backus; October 7, 2016.
Subject Terms
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865; United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Prisoners and prisons; Immigration and American Expansion; Pioneers; Politics, Government, and Law; Military; Businessmen--Utah; Earl, Albert Galliton, 1856-1909; Carson, Elvira Egbert, 1821-1908
Genre / Form
Biography; DVDs; Photocopies
Processing Information
Processed; Elizabeth Kane, student manuscript processor, and Ryan Lee, curator; February 2, 2017.
Appraisal Information
Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, family, social, intellectual, and religious history (19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts Collection Development Policy, IV a. i. 1, November 14, 2013).
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Finding Aid Title
Backus (Russel Benson) collection on Albert Galliton Earl and Elvira Egbert Carson
Finding Aid Author
Elizabeth Kane
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2017-08-18 13:08:03 -0600.
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Biographical Info:

Biographical History

Russel Benson Backus is a family historian in Virginia and is the grandson of Samuel Cordner.

Russel Benson Backus was born to Elmer Eugene and Gertrude Violet Cordner Backus. He attended Utah State University in Logan, Utah. Backus is involved in preserving the memory of his grandfather, Samuel Cordner.

Backus was raised in Utah and spent some time in Idaho but currently resides in Virginia.

Biographical History

Elvira Egbert Carson (1821-1908) was a Mormon convert and early settler of Utah.

Carson was born on September 10, 1821 in Green Township, Indiana. She and her family joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and moved to Nauvoo, Illinois in 1833. She married John Carson in 1841, and together they had eleven children. She arrived with her family in Utah in 1851.

Elvira Egbert Carson died on February 28, 1908 in Provo, Utah.

Biographical History

Elizabeth Elvira Earl Cordner (1877-1949) was a Mormon farmer's wife in Utah.

She was born in Fairfield, Utah to Albert Galliton Earl and Mary Emma Carson Earl. She was married to Samuel Cordner and was the mother of five children.

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