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V Jordan Tanner addendum, approximately 1931-2018, bulk: approximately 1996-2012

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2257 Series 7

Scope and Contents

Contains reports, correspondence, newspapers, memorabilia, and graphic materials related to the professional activities of V Jordan Tanner as a Foreign Service Officer, member of the Utah State Legislature, and member of the Provo Energy Board. Most reports, memorandums, and memorabilia are related to either the Utah Capitol Restoration Project: a bill sponsored and successfully passed by V Jordan Tanner during his years in the legislature, or projects completed for the International Visitor Program during his years in the Foreign Service. Dated approximately from 1931 to 2018, with the bulk of material dated from 1996 to 2012.


  • approximately 1931-2018
  • Majority of material found within approximately 1996-2012


Conditions Governing Access

Photographs in Box 22, OS folder 32 are condition restricted. Items kept in cold storage; access requires 24 hours advance notice. All other materials are 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 Jordan Tanner papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.

Biographical / Historical

From the Collection:

V Jordan Tanner (1931-) is a former naval officer, foreign service officer, legislator, and professor from Utah.

V Jordan Tanner was born on July 27, 1931, to Vasco Myron Tanner and Annie Atkin in Provo, Utah. He was named after David Starr Jordan, an entomologist and prolific philosopher from Stanford who happened to be his father's chief doctrinal advisor and friend. With what his father Vasco learned from David Jordan, Vasco eventually was hired to establish the Department of Zoology and Entomology at Brigham Young University.

Upon graduating high school, V Jordan attended the University of Utah to get his bachelors degree. While there, he was enlisted to serve in the United States Navy as an Ensign. He spent two years as a signal division head aboard the USS Hornet. Once discharged from service, V Jordan transferred to the University of California-Berkley, where he earned his masters in business administration. In Berkeley, he met and married his wife Pat in September 1960, and then reported to Washington D.C. the next month for Foreign Service training. While a Foreign Service officer he served in Korea, Indonesia, Pakistan, and Australia. He decided to return to the United States in 1988. In 1990, V Jordan was elected to the Utah House of Representatives, representing District sixty-three in east Provo. He served as a representative for ten years. He also volunteered as an adjunct professional at the David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies at Brigham Young University.


9 boxes

3 oversize folders

Language of Materials