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Clawson Y. Cannon papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 7793

Scope and Contents

Contains the papers accumulated by Cannon during his life and career. Those papers include family histories, photographs, letters, official correspondence, missionary accounts, personal journals, patriarchal blessings, and Cannon's publications and research. The majority of the papers come from his work as an animal husbandry professor at Brigham Young University, as a government worker in Lebanon, and as a husband and father. The papers date between 1859 and 1976.


  • 1859-1976


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

Biographical History

Clawson Y. Cannon (1885-1977) was a high school teacher, college professor, and government worker who specialized in animal husbandry (especially dairy husbandry) and agriculture.

Clawson Y. Cannon was the son of George Q. and Caroline Young Cannon. He was born on October 27, 1885 in Millcreek, Salt Lake County, Utah and died on November 3, 1977 in Provo, Utah County, Utah. Cannon was buried on November 7, 1977 in Salt Lake City Cemetery, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah. On September 11, 1913, Cannon married Winnifred Morrell in Logan, Utah. She died on March 12, 1974. They had four children: Rowland Morrell Cannon, Robert Young Cannon, Winnifred Cannon, and Clawson Young Cannon, Jr.

During his career, Cannon taught at Iowa State University, Brigham Young University, Utah State University, and an high school in Boise, ID. He earned his master's and doctor's degree from Iowa State; he was the first to earn a Ph.D. in Dairy Husbandry from that school. He spent 4 1/2 years in Beirut, Lebanon, working for the U.S. Office of Foreign Agriculture Relations, where he helped develop the dairy program of that country. After returning to the United States, he taught at Brigham Young University until his retirement in 1971.

Cannon was a member of several prestigious honor societies and national dairy science associations. He received several service and teaching awards for his work at BYU. He was recognized as a "Pioneer in the Dairy Industry" by the Journal of Dairy Science in 1955, and authored more than sixty publications.


1 oversize folder (0.3 linear ft.)

6 cartons (6 linear ft.)

1 box (0.5 linear ft.)




The collection contains personal and family histories, diaries, correspondence, professional writings, and drafts of Clawson Y. Cannon's writings.


The collection has been arranged in seven series: 1. Clawson Y. Cannon family scrapbook, 1859-1976. 2. Clawson Y. Cannon personal journals, 1953-1976. 3. Clawson Y. Cannon correspondence, 1948-1976. 4. Clawson Y. Cannon papers from Lebanon, 1950-1956. 5. Clawson Y. Cannon papers from Brigham Young University, 1957-1976. 6. Clawson Y. Cannon publications, 1930-1960. 7. Clawson Y. Cannon ephemera and correspondence, undated. 8. Clawson Y. Cannon awards, 1932-1972.

Other Finding Aids

Preliminary inventory available online.

Custodial History

The collection was donated by the creator in 1977. A later installment was donated by his daughter Winnifred C. Jardine in 1986.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Clawson Y. Cannon; 1977. Donated; Winnifred C. Jardine; 1986.


Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.VII, 2007).

Separated Materials

An Album of Abyssinian Birds and Mammals, a series of published art prints, was transfered to the Rare Books Collection.

Processing Information

Series-level processing; Parker Huber; 2012.
Register of the Clawson Y. Cannon papers
Parker Huber
2012 May 14
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