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John Q. Cannon collection

 File — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2348

Scope and Contents

This collection contains the 1881 diary of John Q. Cannon, including a typescript, the agenda book of John Q. Cannon (though written in by Annie Wells Cannon), a talk titled, "Spirituality in the Sunday School, and two portraits of John Q. Cannon and George Q. Cannon.


  • 1881


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 Collection must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical / Historical

John Quayle Cannon was born on 19 April 1857 to George Q. Cannon and Elizabeth Hoagland. He married Elizabeth Anne Wells on 17 March 1880. They had twelve children. He served in the Swiss and German Mission from 1881-1884. Later, he served as second counselor in the Presiding Bishopric to William B. Preston. He was excommunicated from the LDS Church in 1886, but was later rebaptized in 1888. He served as editor-in-chief of the Deseret News and as a lietenant-colonel of cavalry during the Spanish-American War. He died on 14 January 1931 in Salt Lake City, Utah.


6 folders (0.6 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Other Finding Aids

File-level inventory available online.

Custodial History

The material in this collection was donated on 12 September 1995 and has remained with the Cannon family and Carol Cornwall Madsen until being donated to the BYU library. Portia Whitmer (Delivered by Carol Cornwall Madsen)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Carol Cornwall Madsen.


19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.

Existence and Location of Copies

Transcription of diary available in Folder 2.


A complete item-level guide is available. (3 pp.) Worksheet drafted by David Whittaker

Register of John Q. Cannon collection
Rose Frank
3 March 2011
Description rules
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