Guide to the Reynold Marvin Kirby papers,
1867-1887

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Kirby, Reynold Marvin, 1790-1842.
Title: Reynold Marvin Kirby papers
Dates: 1867-1887 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 1 box (.4 linear ft.)
Collection Number: USU_CAINE COLL MSS 002
Summary: Primarily correspondence to Kirby concerning his being elected Episcopal bishop of Utah and Nevada in October of 1886. In addition there is a small amount of correspondence regarding Kirby's departure from Salt Lake City, where he had been an Episcopal priest from 1871-1882. Besides the correspondence, a small amount of biographical and genealogical information about Kirby is included. Significant correspondents include Daniel Sylvester Tuttle, George Y. Wallace, Fidelia B. Hamilton, and George M. Wallace.
Repository: Utah State University. Special Collections and Archives
Manuscript Collection

Merrill-Cazier Library
Utah State University
3000 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322-3000
Phone: 435 797-1663
Fax: 435 797-2880
Email: scweb@usu.edu

Languages: Collection materials are in English. 
Sponsor: Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008

Biographical Note

Episcopal priest Salt Lake City, Utah; declined position of Episcopal bishop of Utah and Nevada in 1886.

Content Description

The Reynold Marvin Kirby collection consists primarily of correspondence to Kirby concerning his election as Episcopal Bishop of Utah and Nevada in October of 1886. In addition there is a small amount of correspondence regarding Kirby's departure from Salt Lake City, where he had been an Episcopal priest from 1871 to 1882. The collection also contains biographical and genealogical information about Kirby and photographs of a fishing trip near Fish Kill Lake, New York.

The collection revolves around two specific time periods, the 1882 departure of Kirby and his 1886 election as Bishop of Utah, thus the decision was made to arrange the collection chronologically, allowing the researcher to reconstruct the events as they occurred. An index of correspondents has been created to allow access by name. The collection documents the importance of the Episcopal Church to its members in Salt Lake City, Utah. Kirby had become popular in Salt Lake while working as a priest there in the 1870s. His main contribution to the community came from his work on developing St. Mark's Hospital. Kirby returned to his home, in New York State, in 1882. When Utah's Bishop, Daniel Sylvester Tuttle, was called to become Bishop of Missouri, the most sought after replacement for Tuttle was the Reverend Kirby.

Kirby, in October of 1886, was elected by the Episcopal House of Bishops to succeed Tuttle as Bishop of Utah. This election generated a number of letters and telegrams from Episcopalians in Salt Lake, as well as several prominent Episcopal Bishops, urging Kirby to accept the position. These letters appear in the October 1866 folders. Kirby, due to family considerations, chose to decline the offer. This rejection caused a flurry of letters in November of 1886 from Salt Lake, encouraging Kirby to reconsider his decision. Kirby did not change his mind then, but apparently in the summer of 1887 he did reconsider the offer, as indicated by another series of letters written in June and July of 1887.

This collection documents an important event in the history of the Episcopal Church in Utah. The letters carry the signatures of many prominent non-LDS citizens of Salt Lake City. In addition, there are several letters penned by Bishop Tuttle. Most interesting is the letter written by Tuttle to Kirby, postmarked Silver Reef Utah, March 29, 1886. Tuttle at this time had just been notified that he had been elected Bishop of Missouri, and in his letter Tuttle described his surprise and anguish over the decision. Tuttle did not desire to leave Utah, but indicated that if Kirby would succeed him the decision to go would be much easier. The Kirby collection documents a the period of Utah history when the state was becoming less isolated

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  Restrictions

Open to public research.

Restrictions on Use :  Copyright

It is the responsibility of the user to obtain permission to publish from the owner of the copyright (the institution, the creator of the record, the author or his/her transferees, heirs, legates, or literary executors). The user agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Utah State University Libraries, its officers, employees, and agents from and against all claims made by any person asserting that he or she is an owner of copyright.

Permission to publish material from the Reynold Marvin Kirby papers must be obtained from the Special Collections Manuscript Curator and/or the Special Collections Department Head.

Preferred Citation :  

Reynold Marvin Kirby papers, 1867-1887. (CAINE COLL MSS 002). Utah State University. Special Collections and Archives Department.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information :  

This collection was purchased from Charles Apfelbaum in 1985 with funds from the Marie-Eccles-Caine Foundation.

Processing Note :  

Guide prepared by: Special Collections and Archives staff. The Kirby letters are part of the Marie Eccles Caine Archive of Intermountain Americana. Several conservation measures have been taken to insure the protection of this collection. The contents have been deacidified and repaired where needed. The telegrams have been encapsulated. The material has been placed in acid free folders and housed in Pohlig Brother Century boxes.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Incoming correspondence to R.M. Kirby, 1878 - 1883
Container(s)
Description
Dates
box
folder
1 1
W.G. Everett (Kirby's brother in law), Rye New York February 5, 1878
W.G. Everett, Rye, New York November 16, 1878
Daniel Sylvester Tuttle (Bishop of Utah) representing the vestry of St. Mark's Parish, Salt Lake City, Utah January 28, 1882
Samuel Unsworth, (priest at Good Shepherd, Ogden) representing the Missionary Committee of the Church of the Good Shepherd, Ogden, Utah January 28, 1882
Daniel Sylvester Tuttle, representing the board of directors of St. Mark's Hospital, Salt Lake City, Utah June 18, 1882
C. M. Armstrong, (priest at St. Paul's chapel, Salt Lake) Salt Lake City, Utah August 4, 1883

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Incoming correspondence to R.M. Kirby, March 1886
Container(s)
Description
Dates
box
folder
1 2
Daniel Sylvester Tuttle, Silver Reef, Utah March 29, 1886

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Incoming correspondence to R.M. Kirby, October 23 - 25, 1886
Container(s)
Description
Dates
box
folder
1 3
William Coswell Doane, (Bishop of Albany), House of Bishops, Albany, New York Oct 23, 1886
William Coswell Doane, (Bishop of Albany), House of Bishops, Albany, New York undated
William Coswell Doane, (Bishop of Albany), House of Bishops, Albany, New York undated
George Y. Wallace, telegram, Salt Lake City, Utah October 23, 1886
P. H. Lunnanes, (editor of the Salt Lake Tribune), telegram, Salt Lake City, Utah October 23, 1886
S. Chambers, (Mrs. R.C. Chambers) Salt Lake City, Utah October 23, 1886
Daniel Sylvester Tuttle, telegram Chicago, Illinois October 23, 1886
G.D.B. Miller, (priest and principal of St. Mark's School, Salt Lake City) Salt Lake City, Utah October 24, 1886
N.F. Putnam, (priest at St. Mark's Cathedral, Salt Lake City) Salt Lake City, Utah October 24, 1886
Daniel Sylvester Tuttle, Chicago , Illinois October 24, 1886
Unsworth, Samuel, Ogden, Utah October 24, 1886
Chris Diehl and Louis Cohn, telegram, Salt Lake city, Utah October 25, 1886
George Y. Wallace, Salt Lake City, Utah October 25, 1886
Arthur Cleveland Coxe, (Bishop of Western New York) October 25, [1886]

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Incoming correspondence to R.M. Kirby, October 26 - 31, 1886
Container(s)
Description
Dates
box
folder
1 4
Mahlon, Gilbert, (Bishop of Minnesota), [Chicago, Illinois?] October 26, 1886
William Tatlock, (Secretary of the General convention of the Protestant Episcopal Church), Chicago, Illinois October 26, 1886
Daniel Sylvester Tuttle, Chicago, Illinois October 27, 1886
Mary E. Seymour, Mount Vernon, Ohio October 31, 1886
Dr. John F. Hamilton, Salt Lake City, Utah [October?] 29, [1886?]
Fidelia B. Hamilton, [Salt Lake City, Utah?] October 29, 1886

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Incoming correspondence to R.M. Kirby, November 1 - 8, 1886
Container(s)
Description
Dates
box
folder
1 5
Arthur Cleveland Coxe, (Bishop of Western New York) November 1, 1886
Daniel Sylvester Tuttle, Chicago, Illinois November 3, 1886
Dr. John. F. Hamilton, Salt Lake City November 3, 1886
G. M. Scott, New York November 6, 1886
Mary Miller, Salt Lake City November 7, 1886
W. J. Ashley, Rochester, New York November 8, 1886
N. T. Putnam, Salt Lake City November 8, 1886

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Incoming correspondence to R.M. Kirby, November 12 - 31, 1886
Container(s)
Description
Dates
box
folder
1 6
Ozi Whitaker, (Bishop of Nevada), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania November 12, 1886
William H. Stoy, (former priest at St. Johns in Logan, Utah), San Rafael, California November 12, 1886
Alfred Lee, (Presiding Bishop, 1884 - 1887 and Bishop of Delaware), Washington, D.C. November 20, 1886
Benner, E(dward), Chicago , Illinois November 22, 1886
Leigh R. Brewer, (Bishop of Montana), Cincinnati, Ohio November 28, 1886
George Y. Wallace, Salt Lake City, Utah November 29, 1886
G.D.B. Miller, Salt Lake City, Utah November 30, 1886
George Y. Wallace, Salt Lake City, Utah [October - November 1886?]
Petition from Salt Lake City citizens urging Kirby to accept the position as Bishop of Utah November 31, 1886

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Incoming correspondence to R.M. Kirby, December 1886
Container(s)
Description
Dates
box
folder
1 7
George M. Scott, Fifth Avenue Hotel, Madison Square, New York, New York December 8, 1886
Fidelia B. Hamilton, Salt Lake City, Utah December 29, 1886

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Incoming correspondence to R.M. Kirby, June - July, 1887
Container(s)
Description
Dates
box
folder
1 8
Daniel Sylvester Tuttle, Salt Lake city, Utah June 28, 1887
Ozi Whitaker, Reno, Nevada July 9, 1887
Daniel Sylvester Tuttle, Brookfield, Missouri July 14, 1887
Fidelia B. Hamilton, Salt Lake City, Utah July 27, 1887
George M. Scott, Salt Lake City, Utah July 22, 1887

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Incoming correspondence to Daniel Sylvester Tuttle
Container(s)
Description
Dates
box
folder
1 9
John Williams, (Bishop of Connecticut), Middletown, Connecticut June 22, 1887

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Kirby Family genealogy
Container(s)
box
folder
1 10

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Kirby's funeral program
Container(s)
box
folder
1 11

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Photographs of fishing trip near Fish Kill Lake, New York and family photographs
Container(s)
box
folder
1 12

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Index:

  • Armstrong, C.M. folder 1
  • Ashley, W.J. folder 5
  • Benner, E. folder 6
  • Brewer, Leigh, R. folder 6
  • Chambers, S. folder 3
  • Cohn, Louis folder 3
  • Coxe, Arthur C. folder 3,5
  • Diehl, Chris folder 3
  • Doane, William C. folder 3
  • Everett, W.G. folder 1
  • Hamilton, Fidelia folder 6,7,8
  • Hamilton, John F. folder 4,5
  • Lee, Alfred folder 6
  • Mahlon, Gilbert folder 4
  • Miller, G.D.B. folder 3,6
  • Miller, Mary Foote folder 5
  • Putnam, N.F. folder 3,5
  • Scott, George M. folder 5,7,8
  • Seymour, Mary E. folder 4
  • Stoy, William folder 6
  • Tatlock, William folder 4
  • Tuttle, Daniel S. folder 1,2,4,5,8,9
  • Unsworth, Samuel folder 1,3
  • Wallace, George folder 3,6
  • Whitaker, Ozi folder 6,8

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Subjects

    • Personal Names :
    • Hamilton, Fidelia B.  ( contributor)
    • Kirby, Reynold Marvin, 1790-1842.
    • Tuttle, Daniel Sylvester, 1837-1923.  ( contributor)
    • Wallace, George Y.  ( contributor)
    • Family Names :
    • Kirby family.
    • Corporate Names :
    • Episcopal Church--Utah--Salt Lake City--Bishops--Appointment, call, and election.
    • Episcopal Church--Utah--Salt Lake City--Clergy--Correspondence.
    • Episcopal Church--Utah--Salt Lake City--History.

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