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Annie Wells Cannon journals

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2307

Scope and Contents note

Includes the journals of Annie Wells Cannon in Salt Lake City, Utah and typescript and photocopy copies covering June 30, 1877-September 4, 1881 and January 1, 1918-September 1, 1942, as well as some of her personal papers. The journals document her family life, her work for the Relief Society and her civic involvement.


  • 1877-1942


Conditions Governing Access note

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use note

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances.

Permission to publish material from the Annie Wells Cannon journals must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the Special Collections Coordinating Committee.

Biographical History

Annie Wells Cannon (1859-1942) was a prominent Mormon woman and active in local government in Utah.

Elizabeth Anne ("Annie") Wells was born to Emmeline B. and Daniel H. Wells in Salt Lake City, Utah on December 7, 1895 and attended the University of Deseret. She married John Quayle Cannon on March 17, 1880, and together they had twelve children.

During her life Annie was the first president of the War Mothers of Utah, served as president of the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers, and was actively involved in the Red Cross. From 1919 to the end of her life she was on the Relief Society General Board. She was a member of the Utah State Legislature in 1913-1915 and 1921. In 1921 she was appointed by President Herbert Hoover to be the chairman for Utah's European Relief Drive. She died on September 2, 1942 in Salt Lake City, Utah.


3 boxes (1.5 linear ft.)

1 carton (1 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



The collection contains the journals and typescript of the journals of Annie Wells Cannon from 30 June 1877 - 1 September 1942, papers, other miscellaneous materials.

Arrangement note

Original and photocopied journals are arranged chronologically.

Other Finding Aids note

A more detailed finding aid is available in print in the repository.

Item-level inventory available online.

Custodial History note

This collection was donated to the Brigham Young University Library on July 13, 1995 by Marian Bryan. All items have remained with the family until being donated to the BYU Library. Note: Several of the items contained in this collection came in September 1995 and were donated by Portia Whitmer, a great-granddaughter of the creator of the collection.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Donated; Marian Bryan; July 1995.

Donated; Portia Whitmer; September 1995.

Appraisal note

LDS cultural, family, social, intellectual, mission and religious history (19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts Collection Development Policy, IV a. i. 1, November 14, 2013).

Related Archival Materials note

The University of Utah Marriot Library contains photocopies of family history materials and the diaries in this collection as well as other documents that are not contained in this collection.

BYU Library owns the Emmeline B. Wells (Annie's mother) journals and papers (Vault MSS 510 and MSS 1407).

Processing Information note

Processed; David J. Whittaker and Erin Chapman; 2002.

Register of the Annie Wells Cannon journals
David J. Whittaker and Erin Chapman
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.
Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States