CANNON, Joseph Gurney, 1836-1926


Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
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Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
Manuscripts Section Springfield, IL
Papers: ca. 1859-1912, 7 feet.
These papers contain chiefly correspondence (1906-1910) concerning national political and legislative issues, including Joseph Cannon’s tenure as Speaker of the House, the Stevens bill (duty free print paper and wood pulp), and the Payne and Sterling anti-injunction bills. The papers also include material from Joseph Cannon’s service on the Lincoln Memorial Commission, as well as several political scrapbooks concerning his political career, an autobiographical fragment (80 pages), and photographs. A finding aid for the papers is available in the repository.

Papers: ca. 1879-1940, 4.2 linear feet.
Correspondence mostly from 1906-1910 dealing with political issues both national and in Illinois. Nine letters from Theodore Roosevelt concerning currency legislation, labor policy, tariff problems with Germany, immigration and Cannon’s outspoken hostility towards Samuel Gompers. Many letters about the Stevens Bill, the Payne Bill and the 1907 Illinois reform bill(Ogelsby Bill). Correspondence with major political persons of the time. Letter to President Taft re: the political strengths of Len Small and Charles Deneen. Copies of speeches. Minutes of Lincoln Commission meetings. Published Congressional Record of Cannon. Scrapbooks contain clippings and broadsides related to Cannon’s political career. Clippings concerning family. Portions of Joe Cannon’s autobiography. A finding aid is available in the repository.

Papers: 1890-1926, 62 items.
The letters are primarily from Joseph Cannon to Asa J. Baber of Paris, Edgar County, Illinois. Topics covered in the letters include Republican party politics and the making of political appointees, primarily postmasters.

Papers: In the Joseph Wilson Fifer Papers, 1861-1951, 1.9 linear feet.
Persons represented include Joseph Cannon. A finding aid is available in the repository.


Cornell University Library
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
Ithaca, NY
Papers: 1906-1911, 1 folder.
This material of Joseph G. Cannon miscellany includes photographs, sketches, and newspaper clippings of Joseph Cannon in his home in Danville, Illinois.


Minnesota Historical Society
St. Paul, MN
Papers; In the Louis E. Larson and family papers, 1857-1916, 0.25 cubic foot.
Correspondents include Joseph Gurney Cannon. An inventory for the papers is available in the repository.


National Archives and Records Administration
Center for Legislative Archives
Washington, DC
Papers: 1901-1909, approximately 5 cubic feet.
The papers are from Joseph Cannon while he served as Speaker of the House of Representatives. The papers mainly deal with Joseph Cannon’s committee appointment decisions: http://arcweb.archives.gov/arc/action/ExternalDOSearch?searchExpression=Joseph%20Cannon%20Trunk%20Files&hitLimit=2000.


University of Michigan
Bentley Historical Library
Ann Arbor, MI
Papers: In the Edwin Denby Papers, ca. 1845-1929, 2.4 linear feet.
Correspondents include Joseph G. Cannon. A finding aid for the papers is available in the library.

Papers: In the Henry Wirt Newkirk Papers, 1893-1931, 0.5 linear foot.
Other authors include Joseph Gurney Cannon. A finding aid for the papers is available in the library.

Papers: In the Arthur H. Vandenberg Papers, 1884-1974, 8 linear feet and 25 volumes.
Other authors include Joseph Gurney Cannon. Portions of the papers, excluding the scrapbooks, have been microfilmed. A finding aid for the papers is available in the library and online.


University of North Carolina
Southern Historical Collection
Chapel Hill, NC
Papers: 1916. 1 item.
A speech by Joseph Gurney Cannon given at Guilford College Meeting House. The speech concerns the contributions to American life of North Carolina Quakers and the responsibilities of the Caucasian race.


Vermilion County Museum
Danville, IL
Papers: Dates and amount unknown.
The museum has a room dedicated to Joseph Cannon containing furniture, artifacts, clothing, and small personal artifacts, have a large photographs, and an oil painting that originally hung in the Cannon office building. Also included at the museum are copies of Cannon’s books, the manuscript from his autobiography, and a large range of paper documents detailing his life that include, letters, newspapers, documents, and speeches.


Wisconsin Historical Society
Archives Division
Madison, WI
Papers: In the William D. Connor Scrapbooks, 1904-1924, 0.1 cubic foot.
Subjects covered in the scrapbooks include Joseph Cannon. Much of the collection is available only on microfilm.


Yale University Library
Manuscripts and Archives
New Haven, CT
Papers: In the Charles Dewey Hilles Papers, 1823-1955, 63.5 linear feet.
Subjects covered in the papers include Joseph Gurney Cannon. An unpublished finding aid is available in the repository.