Guide to the Arthur W. Hart Papers,

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Overview of the Collection

Title: Arthur W. Hart Papers
Dates: 1855-1933 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 1 box (.5 linear feet)
Collection Number: USU_CAINE MSS 13
Summary: The material in this collection consists of correspondence (particularly with his brother, Charles), papers concerning A.W Hart vs. H.D. Maughan (a finical dispute between the Oneida Canal Company and H.D. Maughan), Hart family genealogy, and various papers of the Hart family.
Repository: Utah State University, Merrill-Cazier Library, Special Collections and Archives Division
Contact Information: Special Collections and Archives
Merrill-Cazier Library
Utah State University
Logan, UT
Telephone: 435-797-2663
Fax: 435-797-2880
Languages: Material in English 

Biographical Note

Arthur W. Hart was born October 16, 1869 in Bloomington, Bear Lake County, Idaho the son of James H. and Sabina "Scheib" Hart. Arthur's father was a prominent lawyer and politician. Arthur received his basic education at the Fielding Academy in Paris, Idaho and the Brigham Young College (BYC) in Logan, Utah. After finishing his studies at the BYC he enrolled in the University of Deseret (now University of Utah) during the 1880s. At the University of Deseret he studied law and graduated in 1890. After Arthur's graduation he continued to study law under his brother, Judge Charles H. Hart, who had a law office in Logan, Utah.

In 1896 Arthur was called by his church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, to serve as a missionary in Germany. Hart proselyted for two and a half years and served as president of the Stuttgart Conference. In addition to his time in Germany he also traveled to Switzerland, France, and England.

Arthur returned to Utah in 1898 and continued to pursue a career in law. Later that year he was admitted into a law firm in Preston, Idaho where he continued to work for the next forty-six years. In 1901 Arthur was elected County Attorney of Oneida County on the Democratic ticket. Arthur served as mayor of Preston and was active in local civic affairs. He was also instrumental in organizing the Oneida Irrigation Company and served as its secretary for many years.

On August 22, 1900 Arthur married Ada D. Lowe in Salt Lake City and they later had eleven children together. On August 21, 1903 he took a second wife when married Evadyna Henderson in Preston, Idaho. They later had thirteen children together. (Although the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints had publicly stated that it would no longer practice polygamy after 1890, it was often practiced in secret until 1903 when the Church officially stated that it would no longer allow plural marriages.)

Arthur retired in 1947 and moved to Salt Lake City, Utah. He died on April 7, 1949 in Salt Lake City.

Content Description

This one-box collection contains the papers of Arthur W. Hart and spans the period of 1892 to 1933. The material in this collection consists of correspondence (particularly with his brother, Charles), papers concerning A.W Hart vs. H.D. Maughan (a finical dispute between the Oneida Canal Company and H.D. Maughan), Hart family genealogy, and various papers of the Hart family.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

No restrictions on use, except: not available through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Use :  

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

Permission to publish material from the Arthur W. Hart Papers must be obtained from the Special Collections Manuscript Curator and/or the Special Collections Department Head.

Preferred Citation :  

Initial Citation: Arthur W. Hart Papers USU_CAINE MSS 13 Box [ ]. Special Collections and Archives. Utah State University Merrill-Cazier Library. Logan, Utah.

Following Citations:USU_CAINE MSS 13, USUSCA.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Correspondence is arranged chronologically.

Processing Note :  

Processed in May of 2006>

Acquisition Information :  

The materials in this collection were purchased in conjunction with the Newel Hart papers in 1984 by USU Special Collections & Archives for inclusion in the Marie Eccles-Caine Archive of Intermountain Americana.

Separated Materials :  

Folder 15 has been removed to OVERSIZED.

Bibliography :  Sources:
  • Progressive Men of Idaho A.W. Bowen & Co., Chicago, IL, 1904, pp 200-201. See USU SCA's call # 925 P943
  • Deseret News1949 April 9 Obit.

Detailed Description of the Collection

A.W. Hart correspondence. Also contains material relating to Hart's father and a law suit between A.W. Hart and H.D. Maughan, 1855-1933
(14 folders)

Folder 15 is placed in the OVERSIZED box.

1 1 A.W. Hart to Charles H. Hart 1892-1895
1 2 A.W. Hart to Charles Hart. Correspondence from A.W. Hart while on his mission in Germany
First Letter mentions Moses Thatcher Sr.
1 3 Alfred A. Hart to Charles H. Hart from Bloomington, Idaho 1900 April 16
1 4 A.W. Hart to Charles H. Hart
Correspondence mentions the Oneida Irrigation District court case
1 5 A. W. Hart to Charles H. Hart
Letters were written on Oneida Canal Company letterhead
1 6 A.W. Hart to Charles H. Hart
Concerns the dispersement of their father's (James H. Hart) estate
1913 May 23
1 7 A.W. Hart to Charles Hart 1920
1 8 A.W. Hart to Charles H. Hart
Also includes documents relating Hart genealogy
1921 February 19
1 9 A.W. Hart to Charles H. Hart 1928 February 16-1928, March
1 10 Halo Hart (A.W.'s son) to Charles H. Hart, while Charles was serving as mission president in Toronto, Canada
1 11 A.W. Hart to Charles H. Hart 1931-1933
1 12 James H. Hart to Alfred A. Hart, Bloomington, Idaho 1896 April 8
1 13 Brigham Young to James H. Hart, Fillmore City
(Photocopy of letter)
December 1855
1 14 Copy of blessing given to John Peter Scheib
Copy of certificate of citizenship to John Peter Scheib
1871 March 9
Oversized 15 Copy of the Preston News. The lead article is "Malad Trial of A.W. Hart vs H.D. Maughan"
Removed to OVERSIZED box
1910 June 30
1 16 U.S. Treasury Department to A.W. Hart
Concerns the payment of the judgement on John Winn's estate
1928 February 14

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    • Personal Names :
    • Hart, Alfred, 1871-1955--Correspondence
    • Hart, Arthur, 1869-1949--Correspondence
    • Hart, Charles, 1866-1934--Correspondence
    • Hart, James, 1825-1906--Correspondence
    • Maughn, Harrison 1861-1939--Correspondence
    • Scheib, John Peter 1802-1886
    • Young, Brigham 1801-1877--Correspondence
    • Corporate Names :
    • Oneida Irrigation District (Idaho)
    • Geographical Names :
    • Bloomington (Idaho)--History
    • Preston (Idaho)--History

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