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Annie Atkin Tanner papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 8835

Scope and Contents

Contains materials pertaining to the life of Annie Atkin Tanner. Some materials were written by Tanner, while others were contributed by family members after her death. Includes literary works, family histories, and correspondence. Contains handwritten, typewritten, and printed documents, as well as photographs. Materials, primarily from Utah, document her personal relationships and efforts as an author. Frequent subjects are family history, Utah life, and Mormonism. Dated approximately 1893-2001.


  • approximately 1893-2001


Conditions Governing Use

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

Biographical History

Annie Atkin Tanner (1891-1972) was a writer from Utah, and the wife of Brigham Young University professor Vasco M. Tanner.

Annie Atkin was born December 14, 1891 in St. George, Utah and remained fond of Dixie throughout her life. She graduated from the St. George Academy, and in 1928 she also graduated from Brigham Young University. She taught elementary school for several years at Woodward School in St. George. In 1917, Annie married Vasco Myron Tanner and the two eventually had five biological children. For most of their married life they lived Provo, Utah. The two traveled extensively in their later years. Throughout her life she wrote poems, essays, and short stories, some of which were published in magazines of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and other outlets. In 1965, she was asked to speak at Dixie College's homecoming. She was a member of the Women's Legislative Council, Pen Women, Utah Sorosis, Alice Louise Reynolds Club, BYU Women, and the Utah Historical Society. She passed away on November 6, 1972.


5 cartons (5 linear ft.)

1 oversize folder (0.25 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Donated by V. Jordan Tanner, February 2016.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; V. Jordan Tanner; February 2016.


LDS, Utah, and Western American women (20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy 5.IV, August 2007).

Register of Annie Atkin Tanner papers
Julie Anne Kohler
2016 June 01
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