Thomas Kearns scrapbooks, 1899-1917  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Kearns, Thomas, 1862-1918
Thomas Kearns scrapbooks
1899-1917 (inclusive)
13 boxes, (32.5 linear feet)
Collection Number
The Thomas Kearns scrapbooks (1899-1917) consist mainly of news clippings with random inclusions of correspondence, personal ephemera, and certificates of award.
University of Utah Libraries, Special Collections.
Special Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library
University of Utah
295 South 1500 East
Salt Lake City, UT
Telephone: 801-581-8863
Access Restrictions

Twenty-four hour advanced notice encouraged. Materials must be used on-site. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

Born near Woodstock, Ontario, Canada, Thomas Kearns moved with his parents to O'Neill in Holt County, Nebraska, where he attended the public schools untill he was 17, worked on a farm, and engaged in the freighting business. He moved to Park City, Utah, in 1883, and worked in mining, prospected, and operated several mines. In 1889, he and his partner David Keith discovered the rich ore that became the famous Silver King Coalition Mine in Park City. THey would eventually own several mines throughout Utah, Nevada, Colorado and California. They also bought the Salt Lake Tribune in 1905. In Park City, Kearns, a Catholic, married Jennie Judge in 1890, with whom he would have three children. He was elected as a Republican to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy in the term commencing March 4, 1889. He served from January 23, 1901 to March 3, 1905, and lost a later bid. He is buried in Mount Calvary Cemetery. He and his wife's home, the Kearns Mansion, was donated to the state in 1937, and is still used as the official Governor's Mansion.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Thomas Kearns scrapbooks (1899-1917) consist mainly of news clippings with random inclusions of correspondence, personal ephemera, and certificates of award.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances.

Permission to publish material from the Thomas Kearns Scrapbooks must be obtained from the Special Collections Manuscript Curator.

Preferred Citation

Initial Citation: Thomas Kearns Scrapbooks, Accn 2626, Box [ ]. Special Collections and Archives. University of Utah, J. Willard Marriott. Salt Lake City, Utah.

Following Citations: Accn 2626.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
1 Financial records
This scrapbooks consists mainly of invoices.
2 News clippings scrapbook 1901-1902
3-4 News clippings scrapbook 1902
5-6 News clippings scrapbook 1903
7 News clippings scrapbook 1903-1904
8 News clippings scrapbook 1904
9 News clippings scrapbook 1904-1905
10 News clippings scrapbook 1906-1907
11 News clippings scrapbook 1907-1911
12 News clippings scrapbook 1911-1916
13 News clippings scrapbook 1916-1917

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Personal Names :
  • Kearns, Thomas,1862-1918--Archives
  • Corporate Names :
  • United States. Congress--Biography
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Certificates
  • Clippings
  • Correspondence
  • Ephemera
  • Scrapbooks