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Elaine Cannon papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 8195

Scope and Contents

Contains correspondence, diaries, printed ephemera, clippings, photographs, and other material by Elaine Cannon and other members of the Cannon family. The clippings document Cannon's church service, writing, and family life. Also includes materials by D. James Cannon. Materials date from between 1832 and 2003.


  • 1832-2003


Conditions Governing Access

Donor restricted until 2032. Permission to use materials must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Elaine Cannon papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.

Biographical History

Elaine Cannon (1922-2003) was an author and editor in Utah.

Elaine Anderson Cannon was born on April 9, 1922 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Aldon Joseph Anderson and Minnie Evaline Egan. After earning a degree at the University of Utah, Elaine married Donald James Cannon on March 25, 1943 in Salt Lake City, Utah and they had six children. She worked as an editor for the Deseret News, wrote articles for a few magazines, and helped organize the LDS Student Association. Elaine served as the 8th Young Women General President in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1978 to 1984. On May 19, 2003 she died in Salt Lake City, Utah.


11 boxes (5.5 linear ft.)

36 cartons (36 linear ft.)

3 boxes (1.8 linear ft.)

1 box (1 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Other Finding Aids

Preliminary inventory available in case file.

Custodial History

Donated by Susan McOmber, daughter of D. James and Elaine Cannon, in 2007.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Susan McOmber; 2007.


20th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts Collection Development Policy.

Register of Elaine Cannon papers
2015 May 20
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