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Clawson Y. Cannon papers

Identifier: MSS 7793

Scope and Contents

Contains the papers accumulated by Clawson Y. Cannon during his life and career. Those papers include family histories, photographs, letters, official correspondence, missionary accounts, personal journals, patriarchal blessings, and Cannon's publications and research. The majority of the papers come from his work as an animal husbandry professor at Brigham Young University, as a government worker in Lebanon, and as a husband and father. Many relate to his wife, Winnifred Clawson. The papers date between 1859 and 2001.


  • 1859-2001


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 use material from this collection must be obtained from Reference Services at

Biographical History

Clawson Y. Cannon (1885-1977) was a high school teacher, college professor, and government worker who specialized in animal husbandry (especially dairy husbandry) and agriculture. Clawson Young Cannon was the son of George Q. and Caroline Young Cannon. He was born on October 27, 1885, in Millcreek, Salt Lake County, Utah and died on November 3, 1977, in Provo, Utah County, Utah. Cannon was buried on November 7, 1977, in Salt Lake City Cemetery, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah. On September 11, 1913, Cannon married Winnifred Morrell in Logan, Utah. She died on March 12, 1974. They had four children: Rowland Morrell Cannon, Robert Young Cannon, Winnifred Cannon, and Clawson Young Cannon Jr. During his career, Cannon taught at Iowa State University, Brigham Young University, Utah State University, and a high school in Boise, Idaho. He earned his master's and doctor's degree from Iowa State; he was the first to earn a Ph.D. in Dairy Husbandry from that school. He spent 4 1/2 years in Beirut, Lebanon working for the U.S. Office of Foreign Agriculture Relations, where he helped develop the dairy program of that country. After returning to the United States, he taught at BYU until his retirement in 1971. Cannon was a member of several prestigious honor societies and national dairy science associations. He received several service and teaching awards for his work at BYU. He was recognized as a "Pioneer in the Dairy Industry by the Journal of Dairy Science in 1955 and authored more than sixty publications. He passed away in 1977.

Biographical History

Winnifred Morrell Cannon was born February 7, 1888, in Logan, Cache County, Utah. She married Clawson Y. Cannon on September 11, 1913, in the Logan Utah Temple. She died after a short battle with illness on March 12, 1974. Mrs. Cannon was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving frequently as an organist and as both a youth organization and Relief Society Ward president and as Relief Society president of the Iowa District for many years. She served as president of the Brigham Young University Women from 1929 to 1930, and was a member of the Nelke Reading Club and Thursday Club. She resided in Provo for eighteen years while her husband was a faculty member of Brigham Young University. In 1965, Mrs. Cannon with her husband were awarded the Joseph F. Smith Family Living Award by Brigham Young University. Winnifred passed away in 1974.


2 oversize folders (0.6 linear ft.)

5 cartons (5 linear ft.)

1 box (0.5 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



The collection has been arranged in seven series: 1. Clawson Y. Cannon family scrapbook, 1859-1976. 2. Clawson Y. Cannon personal journals, 1953-1976. 3. Clawson Y. Cannon correspondence, 1948-1976. 4. Clawson Y. Cannon papers from Lebanon, 1950-1956. 5. Clawson Y. Cannon papers from Brigham Young University, 1957-1976. 6. Clawson Y. Cannon publications, 1930-1960. 7. Clawson Y. Cannon ephemera and correspondence, undated. 8. Clawson Y. Cannon awards, 1932-1972.

Other Finding Aids

Preliminary inventory available online.

Custodial History

The collection was donated by the creator in 1977. A later installment was donated by Clawson's daughter, Winnifred C. Jardine, in 1986.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Clawson Y. Cannon; 1977.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Winnifred C. Jardine; 1986.


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

Processing Information

Series-level processing; Parker Huber; 2012.

Processing Information

Addendum added and collection consolidated; Karen Glenn; 2022.

Register of the Clawson Y. Cannon papers
Parker Huber
2012 May 14
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