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Emmeline B. Wells and Annie Wells Cannon collection

Identifier: MSS 2344

Scope and Contents

Collection contains papers and photographs from the lives of Emmeline B. Wells and Annie Wells Cannon. The papers mostly include 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 approximately 1877 to 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 use material from this collection must be obtained from Reference Services at

Biographical History

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 to 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 Blanche (Woodward) Wells was born February 29, 1828, at Petersham, Massachusetts to David Woodward and Deiadama Hare. She joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 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 oversize boxes (2.3 linear ft.)

6 oversize folders (1.3 linear ft.)

1 folder (0.02 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Arranged in two series: 1. Emmeline B. Wells and Annie Wells Cannon papers, approximately 1877-1963. 2. Emmeline B. Wells and Annie Wells Cannon photographs, approximately 1877-1963.

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.

Processing Information

Processed; Jamie Wiser; 2022 August.

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