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Donald Q. Cannon research, 1950-2007

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 6154 Series 2

Scope and Contents

Contains research materials acquired by Donald Q. Cannon on various topics related to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Research topics include the city of Nauvoo, the legend of Zelph the Lamanite, the history of the Church in Germany, the Nauvoo pineries, and other general Church topics. Also includes photocopies of autobiographies and personal histories of Mormon pioneers collected by Donald Q. Cannon as part of his publication project Voices from the Past, and photocopies of newspapers from 19th century Nauvoo. Also contains a few manuscripts, including a dissertation by Donald Q. Cannon. Dated 1950-2007.


  • 1950-2007


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

From the Collection:

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.


5 folders

2 oversize folders

1 media box

15 cartons

Language of Materials



Contains nine subseries: 1. Donald Q. Cannon general research, 1950-2006. 2. Donald Q. Cannon research on Nauvoo, 1962-1993. 3. Donald Q. Cannon research about Zelph, 1976-2007. 4. Donald Q. Cannon research on Germany, 1998-2004. 5. Donald Q. Cannon research about pineries, 1981. 6. Donald Q. Cannon research for Voices from the Past, 1980. 7. Donald Q. Cannon dissertation, circa 1967. 8. Donald Q. Cannon miscellaneous manuscripts, 1982. 9. Donald Q. Cannon primary source materials, 1978-1992.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States