William A. Carter papers

William A. Carter papers

Dates: 1863-1925

This collection includes several personal and business letters between 1863 and 1925 and letters of condolence at the time of Carter's death in 1881. Many of the letters are from William A. Carter to his wife Mary. Some letters are to and from various associates of Carter's, and the condolences are from General George Crook, General William Harney and Ellen McClellan, wife of General McClellan. In addition, there is a map detailing the water lines and buildings in Fort Bridger, Wyoming. Newspaper clippings are included to tell about events such as Carter's death, and when the first threshing machine arrived in Fort Bridger, Wyoming.

  • Extent: 5 folders (0.08 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Carter, William A. (William Alexander), 1818-1881
  • Call Number: MSS SC 490
  • 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.
Languages and Scripts
William A. Carter papers are arranged in two series: 1. William A. Carter correspondence; 2. William A. Carter collected materials.
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from William A. Carter Papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the Special Collections Board of Curators.
Preferred Citation
Initial Citation: MSS SC 490; William A. Carter Papers; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following Citations: MSS SC 490, LTPSC.
Acquisition Information
Purchased from Fred A. Rosenstock, 1974.
Other Finding Aids
Folder-level inventory available online. http://files.lib.byu.edu/ead/XML/MSSSC490.xml
Related Material
See also Letter, 1864 (Vault MSS 102, Brigham Young University); William Alexander Carter papers, 1837-1975 (bulk 1860-1869) (MSS 99/75 p. University of California, Bancroft Library); and William H. Foote letters to W.A. Carter and related papers, 1846-1884 (MSS P-M 204, University of California, Berkeley).
Subject Terms
Carter, Mary E., 1830-1904; Carter, William A. (William Alexander), 1818-1881; Correspondence; Fort Bridger (Wyo.)--History; Maps; Material Types
Processing Information
Processed; Dennis Rowley; 1995.
Appraisal Information
19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts.
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
Carter (William A.) papers
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Dennis Rowley
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013-11-10T04:03-0700
Finding Aid Language
Finding aid encoded in English.
Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008; National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Western Waters (WWDL)Grant, 2007-2010
Biographical Info:

Biographical/Historical note

William A. Carter was born April 15, 1818 in Virginia. Around 1857 to 1858 William A. Carter came with Johnston's Army as a sutler or storekeeper to Fort Bridger, Wyoming. Carter and his wife, Mary E. Carter, had six children: Ada, Anna, Lulie, Roberta, William A. and Edgar. He stayed at Fort Bridger with his family rebuilding and restocking the fort. One of the region's early businessmen, Carter was involved in mining, oil, logging, and cattle ranching, and he also operated a sawmill. He raised hay and grain on the land surrounding the Fort to fill contracts with the government. Carter was soon known as Mr. Fort Bridger, and became Wyoming's first millionaire. In addition to his business activities Carter was justice of the peace and probate judge for Green River County.

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