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Donald Q. Cannon faculty and family papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 6154

Scope and Contents

Contains the missionary journals of Donald Q. Cannon, Quayle Cannon, Jr., Quayle Cannon, and the journals of others. It also includes research notes, newspaper clippings, articles and other materials on general and specific research topics, handouts and lecture notes, memorabilia from study abroad programs, and manuscripts and bound copies of dissertations. Materials are dated 1888-2006.


  • 1888-2006


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Donald Q. Cannon faculty and family papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.

Biographical History

Donald Q. Cannon (1936- ) was a religion professor at Brigham Young University.

Donald Q. Cannon was born in Washington, D.C., on December 24, 1936, to Quayle Jr. and Fay Allred Cannon. He was raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, and graduated from East High School in 1954, after which he attended the University of Utah as a Ford Foundation Scholar, graduating with a B.A. in history in 1961.

He served as a missionary in the North German Mission from 1957 to 1959. In 1961, he received an M.A. in history from the University of Utah, and in 1967 received a Ph.D. in American Colonial History from Clark University.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1965 to 1967 and was stationed at the Pentagon. In 1967, he was promoted to rank of Captain in Intelligence and awarded the U.S. Army Commendation Medal. Following his military service, he taught U.S. History at the University of Maine in Portland (1967-1973).

Donald Q. Cannon joined the LDS Church History and Doctrine Faculty at Brigham Young University in 1973. He taught LDS Church History and Doctrine and Covenants, as well as other courses. He has published over seventy articles and book reviews and twenty books on LDS Church History and doctrine, including the Encyclopedia of Joseph Smith's Teachings. He served as Associate Dean and Acting Dean of Religious Education at BYU. Cannon retired from BYU in 2007.

His LDS Church service includes high councilor, bishop, and a counselor in a stake presidency. He married JoAnn McGinnis in the Salt Lake Temple in 1960. They are the parents of six children: Brian (1961), Kelly and Sean (1964), Patrick (1971), Brendon (1973), and Erin (1974). He enjoys gardening, travel, and current events.


22 cartons (22 linear ft.)

1 box (0.5 linear ft.)

1 media box (0.5 linear ft.)

2 oversize folders (0.3 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Arranged in six series: 1. Cannon family journals and papers, 1881-1959. 2. Donald Q. Cannon research, 1950-2007. 3. Donald Q. Cannon teaching and instructional materials, 1951-2000. 4. Donald Q. Cannon professional organizations and activities, 1983-2006. 5. Donald Q. Cannon publications, 1938-2001. 6. Donald Q. Cannon photographs, date of production not identified.

Custodial History

The collection was donated by Donald Q. Cannon in 2007.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donation: Donald Q. Cannon, 2007.


Utah and American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.VII, 2007).

Related Materials

See also MSS 6197 for collection of student research papers on the International History of the Church.

Processing Information

Processed; John Murphy, curator; 2008.

Register of Donald Q. Cannon faculty and family papers
John M. Murphy, curator
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States