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Jordan Tanner papers

Identifier: MSS 2257
Contains newspapers, clippings, reports, correspondence, newsletters, audio-visual materials, pamphlets, articles, and other materials documenting the professional service of Jordan Tanner. The majority of the collection is Tanner's legislative papers from his service as a Utah State Representative from 1990 to 2000. It also contains materials from his career in the Foreign Service and other memorabilia from his life. Collection spans from circa 1930 to 2018, with the bulk from 1989 to 2012.


  • approximately 1930-2018
  • Majority of material found within 1989-2012


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 the Jordan Tanner papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.


3 oversize boxes (3 linear ft.)

28 cartons (28 linear ft.)

2 boxes (1 linear ft.)

1 folder (0.08 linear ft.)

Biographical History

Jordan Tanner (1931-) is a former naval officer, foreign service officer, legislator, and professor from Utah.

Vasco Jordan Tanner was born on July 27, 1931 to Vasco Myron Tanner and Annie Atkin in Provo, Utah. He was named after David Starr Jordan, an entomologist and prolific philosopher from Stanford who happened to be his father's chief doctrinal advisor and friend. With what his father learned from David Jordan, Vasco M. eventually was hired to establish the Department of Zoology and Entomology at Brigham Young University.

Upon graduating high school, Vasco J. attended the University of Utah to get his bachelors degree. While there, he was enlisted to serve in the US Navy as an Ensign. He spent two years as a signal division head aboard the USS Hornet. Once discharged from service, Vasco transferred to the University of California-Berkley, where he earned his masters in Business Administration. In Berkeley, he met and married his wife Pat in September 1960, and then reported to Washington D.C. the next month for Foreign Service training. While a Foreign Service officer he served in Korea, Indonesia, Pakistan, and Australia. He decided to return to the United States in 1988. In 1990 he was elected to the Utah House of Representatives, representing District sixty-three in east Provo. He served as a representative for ten years. He also volunteered as an adjunct professional at the David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies at Brigham Young University.


Arranged into eight series: 1. Jordan Tanner papers, 1989-1992. 2. Jordan Tanner papers, 1993-1994. 3. Jordan Tanner papers, 1995-1996. 4. Jordan Tanner papers 1997. 5. Jordan Tanner papers, 1998-1999. 6. Jordan Tanner papers, 2000-2001. 7. Jordan Tanner addendum, 1931-2018. 8. Jordan Tanner family papers, 1930-2017.

Other Finding Aids

Partial inventory available in repository.
Other Finding Aids File-level inventory available online.

Custodial History

Donated by Jordan Tanner in 2000, 2004, 2005, and 2018.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Jordan Tanner; 2000, 2004, 2005, and 2018.


Utah political history (20th and 21st Century Western and Mormon Americana collection development policy, II, B, 5, I; 2020).

Processing Information

Processed; Melissa Cowles, student processor and John Murphy, curator; 2008.

Series created; Garrett Schroath; 2011.

Series seven and eight processed; Chelsea McNeil; 2019.

Processed; Meghan Hoesch, student manuscript processor, and John Murphy, curator; 2020.


Register of Jordan Tanner papers
Melissa Cowles
Description rules
Language of description

Revision Statements

  • 2011 August 4: Series level description added by Garrett Schroath.
  • 2019 August 9: Addition of series 7 and 8 processed; Chelsea McNeil; August 2019

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States