Arthur W. Hart Papers, 1855-1933

Overview of the Collection

Hart, Arthur, 1869-1949
Arthur W. Hart Papers
1855-1933 (inclusive)
1 box, (.5 linear feet)
Collection Number
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.
Utah State University, Merrill-Cazier Library, Special Collections and Archives Division
Special Collections & Archives
Merrill-Cazier Library
Utah State University
Logan, UT
Telephone: 4357978248
Fax: 4357972880
Access Restrictions

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


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

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 DescriptionReturn to Top

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 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 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 InformationReturn to Top


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.


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 CollectionReturn to Top

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

Container(s): Box 1

(14 folders)

Folder 15 is placed in the OVERSIZED box.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1
A.W. Hart to Charles H. Hart
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
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
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)
1855 December
1 14
Copy of blessing given to John Peter Scheib
Copy of certificate of citizenship to John Peter Scheib
1871 March 09
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

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

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