Skip to main content

Emmeline B. Wells and Annie Wells Cannon collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2344

Scope and Contents

Collection contains papers and photographs from the lives of both Emmeline B. Wells and Annie Wells Cannon. The papers mostly consist of short biographies, though a pedigree chart and a medal of service are also of note. Most of the photographs are connected to Cannon, with several coming from a large scrapbook. Dated 1877-1963.


  • approximately 1877-1963


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 Emmeline B. Wells and Annie Wells Cannon collection must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Annie Wells Cannon (1859-1942) was a Latter-day Saint and a women's suffrage activist.

Annie Wells Cannon was born September 7, 1859 in Salt Lake City to Daniel Hanmer Wells and Emmeline Blanche Woodward. She married John Q. Cannon and had twelve children. She was an activist for women's suffrage and was a member of the Utah State Legislature from 1913-1915 and again in 1921. In addition, she was chosen by President Herbert Hoover to be Utah's chairman for the European Relief Drive, being the only woman member. She also served in many church callings and was influential in the Relief Society of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She died on September 2, 1942.

Biographical History

Emmeline B. Wells (1828-1921) was a prominant Mormon suffraget and church leader.

Emmeline Blanche (Woodward) Wells was born February 29, 1828 at Petersham, Massachusetts to David Woodward and Deiadama Hare. She joined the LDS Church on her fourteenth birthday and then moved to Nauvoo, Illinois. She married James Harvey Harris, Newell K. Whitney, and Daniel Hanmer Wells. She played a major role nationally and internationally regarding the Church and women's suffrage. She served as the fifth president of the Relief Society from 1910-1921. She died on April 25, 1921 in Salt Lake City, Utah.


2 cartons (2 linear ft.)

4 oversize boxes (6.64 linear ft.)

1 half box (0.25 linear ft.)



Other Finding Aids

Item level finding aid available at the repository.

Custodial History

Materials donated to Brigham Young University by Portia Whitmer in 1995.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Portia Whitmer; 1995.


19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.

Processing Information

Processed; Sarah Flinders; 2013.
Register of Emmeline B. Wells and Annie Wells Cannon collection
In Progress
Sarah Flinders
2013 April 17
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