Kane family papers

Kane family papers

Dates: 1690-1982

Contains the papers of the Kane family of Philadelphia and Kane, Pennsylvania. Includes papers created and collected by John K. Kane and his wife, Jane Duval Kane; and their children, specifically Thomas L. Kane and his wife, Elizabeth Kane. Contains letters to and from several important American political and historical figures, including Alexander Hamilton, Aaron Burr, John Hancock, Andrew Jackson, Horace Greeley, and U.S. Grant. A large portion of the collection also deals with Thomas Kane's service in the American Civil War. The collection also includes Kane's correspondence with several Mormon leaders, including Brigham Young, and documentation of his relationship with the Mormons.

  • Extent: 40 microfilm reels (12 linear ft.). -- 80 boxes (40 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Kane (Family : Kane, Thomas L. (Thomas Leiper), 1822-1883)
  • Call Number: Vault MSS 792
  • 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
Arranged in twelve series: 1. John K. Kane papers. 2. Thomas L. Kane personal papers. 3. Thomas L. Kane papers on the Mormons. 4. Thomas L. Kane papers on the American West and politics. 5. Thomas L. Kane papers on the Civil War. 6. Elizabeth Wood Kane papers. 7. Kane family personal papers. 8. Kane family business papers. 9. E. Kent Kane papers. 10. Thomas L. Kane deeds, letters, and other material. 11. Kane family lithographs, clippings, and other material. 12. Kane family photographs.
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Kane family papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.
Publications derived from manuscripts in the collection include Elizabeth W. Kane, Twelve Mormon Homes (1874); A Gentile Account of Life in Utah's Dixie, 1872-73: Elizabeth Kane's St. George Journal (1995); and John K. Kane Autobiography (privately published, 1949).
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: Vault MSS 792; Thomas L. Kane papers; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: Vault MSS 792, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Acquired from Thomas L. Kane, great-grandson of Thomas & Elizabeth Kane, and Dorothy H. Kane, as brokered through Aquila Books 826 - 16 Avenue, NW, Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Purchased December 11, 1996.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Sybil Kane; 1978. Purchased; E. Kent Kane estate; November 1983. Purchased; Thomas L. and Dorothy Kane; 1996.
Other Finding Aids
File-level inventory available online. http://files.lib.byu.edu/ead/XML/VMSS792.xml
Related Material
See also the Thomas L. Kane autograph, 1846 (MSS 991), John Kintzing Kane letter, 1846 (MSS SC 2474), Brigham Young letter, 1873 (Vault MSS 144), Jesse C. Little letters received and pamphlets, 1844-1892 (MSS SC 1124), Samuel Allis statement, 1846 (MSS SC 187). See also Thomas L. and Elizabeth W. Kane Family Collection (MSS 3190)
Subject Terms
Immigration and American Expansion; Pioneers; Cain family
Genre / Form
Diaries; Letters; Photographs
Appraisal Information
19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.
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Kane family papers
Finding Aid Author
Leslie Evens
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This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2018-10-29 18:53:05 -0600.
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Biographical History

The Thomas L. Kane (1822-1883) and Elizabeth Kane (1836-1909) family was a prominent family from Pennsylvania, and friend of the Mormons in the 19th Century.

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: Harriet, Elisha, Evan, and William, who later changed his name to Thomas after the death of his father. Thomas L. Kane was a friend of Brigham Young and the Mormons and helped facilitate their migration to Utah, and forged a compromise that kept the Utah War of 1857-58 from escalating to bloodshed. Elizabeth Kane wrote a book on her visit to Utah and interaction with the Mormons during the winter of 1872-73, titled "Twelve Mormon Homes." Following the Civil War, the Kane family moved to western Pennsylvania to found the town of Kane, Pennsylvania.

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