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V Jordan Tanner family papers, approximately 1930-2017

 Series — Box: 31
Identifier: MSS 2257 Series 8

Scope and Contents

Contains materials related to the family of V Jordan Tanner. Includes clippings, publications, writings, and other records on V Jordan Tanner's father, Vasco M. Tanner, and mother, Annie Atkin Tanner. Materials mostly relate to Vasco Tanner's professional activities at Brigham Young University, and writing produced by Annie Atkin Tanner. Dated approximately from 1930 to 2017.


  • approximately 1930-2017


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.


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