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Mark W. Cannon papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 3936

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of material documenting Mark Cannon's career in political science, including his service as assistant to Chief Justice Warren Burger and his involvement in the Commission on the Bicentennial of the United States Constitution, as well as with the Institute of Public Administration and the Supreme Court in general. This includes political research and correspondence, addresses and articles (written by Cannon or others), accounts of political travels, Bicentennial committee and planning papers and memorabilia (posters, newspapers and clippings, calendars, etc.), as well as general professional files and folders on various political topics, etc. Dated 1960-2006.


  • 1960-2006


Conditions Governing Access

Restricted. Closed by request of donor (2025). Written permission to use materials should be received from the donor or designated successors, along with the Supervisor of Reference Services.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Biographical History

Mark Wilcox Cannon (1928- ) was a Harvard graduate who served several political leadership positions.

Mark Wilcox Cannon was born in 1928. He earned his B.A. from the University of Utah in Political Science and Economics; an M.P.A. from Harvard in Public Administration; and his M.A. and Ph.D., also both from Harvard University, both in Political Science and Government.

Cannon has served as Administrative Assistant to Congressman Henry Aldous Dixon, 1956-1960; Legislative Assistant to Senator Wallace F. Bennett, 1961-1963; Chairman, BYU Political Science Department, 1961-1964; Director of the Venezuelan Urban Development Project, IPA, 1964-1965; Director of International Programs, IPA, 1965-1968. Most notably, Mark served as Administrative Assistant to the Chief Justice Warren Berger of the Supreme Court, 1972; Executive Director, Judicial Fellows Program, 1973-77; Staff director, Bicentennial commission, 1987; owner and co-partner, Geneva Steel Mill, Provo, 1988. Mark Cannon is the author or co-author of 5 political books and 25 articles.


104 cartons (104 linear ft.)

3 boxes (1.5 linear ft.)

2 media boxes (1 linear ft.)

2 oversize boxes (2 linear ft.)

1 oversize folder (0.3 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Donated by Mark Cannon in 1984, 1985, 1989, 1990, 2007, and 2016.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Mark Cannon; 1984, 1985, 1989, 1990, 2007, and 2016.


LDS scholarship (Collection development policy for 20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts, August 2007).

Related Materials

See also Letters received, 1961 (MSS 957).

Processing Information

Processed; Amanda Clark; 2008.

Register of Mark W. Cannon papers
Amanda Clark and Karen Glenn, student processors, and John 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