Thomas L. Kane pocket diary and correspondence

Thomas L. Kane pocket diary and correspondence

Dates: 1852-1900

Pocket diary, 1852, 12 x 7.5 cm, one volume, bound, brass-clasped, black with gold lettering, pencil entries and pencil sketches throughout; Letter of Brigham Young to Kane, 15 Dec. 1859, 7 pp., encapsulated; three additional holographic letters: Thomas L. Kane to his aunt, Mrs. Constable, n.d. 1 p.; Kane to Samuel P. Bates, historian of Pennsylvania, 6 April 1867, 2 pp.; letter of Elizabeth W. Kane to her son Elisha, 24 February 1900. 2pp. Also a photocopy of letter of Thomas L. Kane to his son Lisha, 15 Dec. 1867, 2 pp.

  • Extent: 9 folders (0.9 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Kane, Thomas L. (Thomas Leiper), 1822-1883. -- Kane, Elizabeth Wood, 1836-1909. -- Young, Brigham, 1801-1877
  • Call Number: Vault MSS 796
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602;
  • Access Restrictions: Original pocket diary of Thomas Kane and the 1859 letter of Brigham Young are condition restricted. Photocopies are available for research.
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It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Pocket diary and correspondence must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: Vault MSS 796; Thomas L. Kane pocket diary and correspondence; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: Vault MSS 796, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Items were acquired by Ashworth from a variety of sources.
Acquisition Information
Acquisitions; Purchased from Brent Ashworth in June 2001.
Subject Terms
Immigration and American Expansion; Pioneers; Salt Lake City (Utah); Philadelphia (Pa.); West Indies; Mountain Meadows Massacre, Utah, 1857; Slavery--West Indies; Kane, Thomas L. (Thomas Leiper), 1822-1883; Kane, Elizabeth Wood, 1836-1909; Young, Brigham, 1801-1877
Genre / Form
Letters; Diaries
Appraisal Information
19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.
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Finding Aid Title
Kane (Thomas L.) pocket diary and correspondence
Finding Aid Author
Leslie Evens
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This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2016-03-23 09:24:24 -0600.
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Biographical / Historical

In 1852, Thomas Kane traveled to the West Indies to improve his health and to study the effects of the emancipation of slaves there. This pocket diary contains his observations in both writing and sketches. In July, 1859, Kane asked Brigham Young to give to the US Attorney, General J. Black, an account of Young's actions relating to the Mountain Meadows Massacre (11 Sept. 1857). Young's 15 December 1859 letter is this response.

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