Inventory of the Isabella Cannon Collection, 1904 - 2000 Mss.Coll.013

Inventory of the Isabella Cannon Collection, 1904 - 2000
Mss.Coll.013


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Belk Library Archives and Special Collections
Elon University
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Descriptive Summary

Repository: Elon University. Belk Library Archives and Special Collections
Creator: Isabella Walton Cannon
Title: Isabella Cannon Collection, 1904 - 2000
Language of Material: Material in English
Location: The collection is located in Belk Library Archives Satellite Shelving at Elon University. Please contact the Archivist and Special Collections Librarian for further details about the location.
Abstract: The collection spans the life of Isabella Cannon and includes correspondence, photographs, mayoral papers, speeches, public and civic organizations, family documents and personal records. Most notable about the collection are the letters (correspondence) that include writings of Isabella Walton Cannon and her husband, C.M. Cannon while at Elon College, as well as the correspondence written by Isabella Cannon on her residency in Liberia and Iraq. The photograph collection includes C.M. Cannon's diplomatic service in China, Liberia and Iraq.
Extent: 16.5 linear feet, 28 archival boxes

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Some restrictions may apply to collection. Please consult the Archivist and Special Collections Librarian for restriction information.


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Copyright Notice

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Isabella Cannon Collection, Belk Library Archives and Special Collections, Elon University, Elon, NC, USA.


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Gift or Purchase Note

Acquired circa 2002. Please refer to the Correspondence Legal file for more information.


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Accession Information

Not applicable


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Processing Information

Processed by Caroline J. Walters, June, 2004

Encoded by Katie Nash, February, 2009


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Biographical Note

Involved in public service most of her life, Isabella Cannon made history in 1977 when, at age 73, she became the first woman elected mayor of Raleigh and to a large metropolitan city in the United States. Known as the "little old lady in tennis shoes," she had never run for office before her election. Working 16-hour days and using a no-nonsense style, she developed a comprehensive plan that still guides the growth of the city.

Born May 12, 1904 in Dunfermline, Scotland, Cannon emigrated with her family to the United States at age 12. She graduated from Winecoff High School in Concord, N.C., before graduating from Elon in 1924. She was awarded an honorary doctor of laws degree from Elon in 1978. She married Claude (C.M.) Cannon, Elon's registrar and business manager, in 1924. His subsequent career in diplomatic service took the couple around the state and the world. They lived in Liberia, West Africa and Iraq before returning to Raleigh, where Claude Cannon died in 1954.

Isabella Cannon held jobs in a variety of fields related to education and community service. She was a teacher at Elon College High School and Burlington Business College, served as assistant registrar and manager of the bookstore at Elon College, and was a bookkeeper and payroll manager at WRAL radio station in Raleigh. She also worked in Washington, D.C., as a supervisor with the French Supply Council and as an interviewer with the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration. Cannon was also active in many community organizations and a member of the Community United Church of Christ in Raleigh.

Cannon's commitment to service earned her recognition and accolades around the state, nation and world. In 1999, she was awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine by Governor Jim Hunt for her dedicated service to North Carolina. She was elected to the National Women's Hall of Fame in 1998.

She was devoted to her alma mater and served Elon in many ways. In 1999, her $1 million gift endowed the Isabella Cannon Centre for International Studies at Elon, which offers extensive study abroad opportunities for students and recruits international students and visiting scholars to campus. She also endowed two scholarships; the Isabella Cannon Room, which serves as the university's art gallery and formal meeting space; and the Isabella Cannon Leadership Program, which identifies and prepares students to share their leadership skills with others. She received Elon's Distinguished Alumni Award in 1983 and was awarded the Elon Medallion by President J. Fred Young in 1991.

Cannon was a frequent visitor to Elon and loved to meet students and talk about their life plans. In 2000, at age 96, she delivered the commencement address at Elon, reflecting on her life's experiences. She urged graduates to think globally and act locally, getting involved in their communities and neighborhoods.

Please see Isabella Cannon's partial resume below for specific organizations and honors.



PARTIAL RESUME
Birth:
* May 12, 1904 in Dunfermline, Scotland
Education:
* 1920, Winecoff High School, Concord, N.C.
* 1924, Elon College, Bachelor of Arts (English and Science Majors)
* Elon College Post-Graduate work, Religious Education, Dramatics and Speech
* 1944-45, Graduate Study, American University, Washington, D.C.
* Graduate Study, North Carolina State University (Anthropology and Creative Writing)
Employment:
* 1924-1925, Elon College High School, High School teacher
* 1925-1928, Elon College, Director of weekday experimental school of religious education
* 1928-1930, Elon Banking and Trust Company, Cashier
* 1932-1935, Elon College Book Store, Assistant registrar and manager
* 1936, Burlington Business College, English teacher
* 1936-1941, Elon, N.C.; Washington, D.C.; Raleigh, N.C., Volunteer work (church and community/civic activities). Husband's work necessitated several moves to different cities
* 1942-1943, WRAL Radio Station, Raleigh, N.C., bookkeeper, payroll manager, managed broadcast log for billing
* 1944-1945, French Supply Council, Washington, D.C., supervisor with the Department of Statistics (a lend-lease procurement operation, with much contact with both French government officials and U.S. government officials)
* 1945-1947, United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration, Washington, D.C., interviewer for overseas financial clearance for returning and terminating personnel
* 1947-1954, Overseas with husband in diplomatic service
* 1955-1970, Library, North Carolina State University (NCSU), Office of the Director - budget, payroll, and personnel assistant
* 1977-1979, Mayor of Raleigh, N.C.
Honors and Activities:
* 1978, Honorary Degree-Doctor of Laws, Elon College
* 1978, Nominated for Woman of the Year by Ladies Home Journal
* 1979, First Vice President of the Women in Business Advisory Council, Inc.
* 1979, Served on the Project Advisory Committee for Conserva, Inc. (National Program for Volunteers in Vocational Education, funded by U.S. Department of Education)
* 1979-81, Vice President of the North Carolina Senior Citizens Association, Inc.
* 1980, Member of the Board of Advocates for the Wake County Y.W.C.A.
* 1980, Appointed to Mayor's Committee for the United Nations and served for the Wake County Chapter of the United Nations
* 1980-81, Woman of the Year, September Days Club (National recognition through selection by September Days Clubs, Senior Citizens Organization)
* 1981, President and Organizer of the University Park Homeowners Association, Inc.
* 1981, Member of the Board of Directors for the North Carolina State University Humanities Foundation, Inc.
* 1981, Initiator and member of the Hillsborough Street Task Force, Raleigh, N.C.
* 1981, Member of the Board of Directors and Governor's appointee for the North Carolina State Youth Council
* 1981, Member of the Executive Board of Directors for the Friends of Wake Library System
* 1982, President of the North Carolina Senior Citizens Association, Inc.
* 1982, Member of the Board of Directors for the Committee on Constitutional Integrity, Inc.
* 1982, Initiator and member of the Long Range Study from State Capitol to State Fairgrounds
* 1982, Member of the Chancellor's Committee (N.C. State University) for University Neighborhood Study of Policies and Programs
* First Vice President several times for the Precinct #1 in Raleigh, N.C.
* Member of the Executive Committee for the Wake County Democrats (several times)
Organizations:
* Women's Forum of North Carolina
* League of Women Voters
* Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce
* Delta Kappa Gamma, Honorary Member (National Teachers Honor Sorority)
* Mordecai Square Historical Society
* Triangle Older Women's League
* Raleigh National Organization for Women (N.O.W.)
* North Carolina State University Friends of the Library
* St. Mary's College Friends of the Library
* Beaufort Historical Association
* Research Triangle International Visitors Center - Steering Committee
* Wake County Democratic Women - Charter Member
* Wake County Democratic Men - Associate Member
* Wake County Young Democrats - Associate Member
* Wake Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
* North Carolina Conservation Council
* Elon College Alumni Association - Executive Committee
Biographical Sources:
Biographical write-up taken directly from the Elon University Isabella Cannon Centre for International Studies website.


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Scope and Content Note

The collection spans the life of Isabella Cannon and includes correspondence, photographs, mayoral papers, speeches, public and civic organizations, family documents and personal records. Most notable about the collection are the letters (correspondence) that include writings of Isabella Walton Cannon and her husband, C.M. Cannon while at Elon College, as well as the correspondence written by Isabella Cannon on her residency in Liberia and Iraq. The photograph collection includes C.M. Cannon’s diplomatic service in China, Liberia and Iraq.

The collection is arranged into record storage boxes, in which each box is given a number. Within each box, the general headings include (in order of boxes): Isabella W. Cannon and C.M. Cannon Personal Documents; Correspondence; Long Term Correspondence; General Correspondence; Travel, Calendars, Autobiography; Autobiography and Essays; Community Activities; Meetings and Events; Publicity; Speeches, 1965-2000; Mayoral Papers; Photographs; Slides. There are an additional two headings, Small Storage Boxes and Large Storage Box.


Arrangement

The collection is arranged into record storage boxes, in which each box is given a number. Within each box, the general headings include (in order of boxes): Isabella W. Cannon and C.M. Cannon Personal Documents; Correspondence; Long Term Correspondence; General Correspondence; Travel, Calendars, Autobiography; Autobiography and Essays; Community Activities; Meetings and Events; Publicity; Speeches, 1965-2000; Mayoral Papers; Photographs; Slides. There are an additional two headings, Small Storage Boxes and Large Storage Box.


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Online Catalog Headings

These and related materials may be found under the following headings in online catalogs.

Cannon, Isabella
Cannon, C.M. (Claude Marcus)
Isabella Cannon Centre for International Studies -- Elon University
Elon (N.C.)
Elon College
Letters
Politicians -- North Carolina
Mayors
Mayors -- North Carolina
Educators
Women in community organization -- United States
Diplomats' spouses -- United States
Elon University -- Archival resources

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Related Material

Please consult with the Archivist and Special Collections Librarian for additional information about related materials to this collection.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Box 1: Isabella W. Cannon and C.M. Cannon Personal Documents.
Isabella W. Cannon
* Personal Documents
* Diaries, 1949 and 1985-1999 (3 Folders)
* United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation, 1945-1948
* North Carolina State University, 1955-1970 (4 Folders)
* Duke University Career and Personal Counseling Center, 1974
* Scottish News Clippings, 1953-1967
* Financial and Investments (2 Folders)
* Medical and Insurance, 1986-1990
* Room Rental, Brooks Avenue, 1958-1960
* ADT/Brooks Avenue, Raleigh, 1998
* 1962 Ford Galaxie, 1962-1987
* Bank Robbery, Elon College, 1928
* Centennial, Elon College, 1988-1989
* Sculpture, Elon College, 1992
* Endowment, Elon College, 1990
* 80th Birthday, 1984 (2 Folders)
* 90th Birthday Guest Book, 1994
* Estate Planning
* Triangle Memorial Society, 1996
* Delta Kappa Gamma, 1979-1984
* Raleigh Oral History Project, 1993
* Raleigh Oral History Project, 1993
* Drawing, undated
* President Clinton Picture and Note, 1996
C.M. Cannon
* Personal Documents (Passports, etc.)
* Elon Records, 1920-1940
* Foreign Service, 1943-1954
* India Diary, 1945
* Miscellaneous notes and postcards, 1940s -1950s
* Death, 1954
Box 2: Correspondence.
* C.M. Cannon to Isabella Walton, 1920s
* Isabella Walton to C.M. Cannon, 1920s
Box 3: Correspondence.
* Family Letters, 1920s
* Harper Letters, 1931
* C.M. Cannon Letters, 1943-1953
* Isabella W. Cannon to Family
* Letters from Liberia, 1948-1949
* Letters from Iraq, 1950-1952
Box 4: Long Term Correspondence.
* Elizabeth Scholz Ruggs Falks, 1923-1981 (1 folder)
* Scottish Relatives, 1943-1985 (2 folders)
* George A. Crabb, Jr., 1949-1985 (2 folders)
* Jean Funck Ariano, 1953-1999 (9 folders)
* Monica Vizoso, 1960-1972 (1 folder)
* Kathie Weaver, 1976-1989 (2 folders)
* Rose H. Holder, 1966-1986 (1 folder)
* Roger McQueen, 1982-1987 (5 folders)
* Marie Ferre, 1982-1988 (1 folder)
* Millie Davis, 1988-1997 (1 folder)
Box 5: General Correspondence.
* Eunice McCrary, 1977
* Jeff Emma, 1979, 1990, and undated
* Alan Alda, 1979
* Steve Pender, 1979-1980
* Jim Hunt, 1980-1989
* Al Gore, 1987 and 1994-2000
* Isabella Cannon Christmas letters, 1955-1972 and 1982-1998
* General Correspondence, 1960s, 1973-1976, 1980-2000, and undated (20 folders)
Box 6: Travel, Calendars, Autobiography.
Travel
* Venezuela, 1956
* Mexico, 1959
* Nova Scotia, 1960
* Charleston, S.C., 1962
* Michigan, 1962
* New England Autumn Foliage Tour, 1962?
* Scotland, 1968
* Plymouth, N.C., 1960s
* Romania, 1975
* Austria/Hungry, 1980
* Scandinavia, 1982
* Scotland, 1984
* Nevada, 1988
Travel Diaries
* Kenya, 1973
* Scotland, 1984
* Alaska, 1985
* China, 1989
* Scotland, 1990
Calendars. 1980-1990. 2 folders.
Autobiography. Drafts and Notes. 13 folders.
Box 7: Autobiography and Essays.
* Liberia Essays (7 folders)
* Baghdad, Iraq (1 folder)
* Israel (1 folder)
* Dracula (1 folder)
* Biographer, Rebecca Duncan, 1999-2001 (2 folders) - SEE RESTRICTIONS
* Macedonia Book, 1972 (8 folders)
* Autobiography Publishing Notes (1 folder)
* Revised Correspondence (original dates written Feb. 1948 - Feb. 1949)
Box 8: Community Activities.
* Wake County Democratic Women, 1961
* English Classes for Foreign Wives, 1972-1975 (2 folders)
* North Carolina Women's Political Caucus, 1977
* Moredecai House Docent Information, 1986
* U.S. Constitution Bicentennial, 1989
* Clan Cameron, 1979-1985
* Girl Scouts, 1988
* Crabtree Creek Clean-Up, 1988-1989
* Committee on Constitutional Integrity, 1982-1988
* "Under Milkwood" (Meredith College), 1983
* "The Crucible" (Meredith College), 1990-1991
* "Peter and the Wolf" (w/ NC Symphony), 1981
* Community United Church of Christ, 1961-1988 and 1990s (2 folders)
* Who's Who Among American Women
* Prison Volunteers, 1988-1990
* NCSU Humanities Foundation, 1982-1985
* Dickens' Christmas Sampler, 1983-1984
* Women's Forum of North Carolina, 1981-1999
* University Neighborhood Planning Council, 1982-1993 (5 folders)
* University Park Homeowners Association, 1976-1994 (7 folders)
Box 9: Community Activities.
* Hillsborough Street Planning, 1983
* Pedestrian Business Overlay, 1983-1986
* Hillsborough Street Task Force, 1982-1983 (2 folders)
* Neighborhood Planning, 1988
* University Planning District Committee, 1984-1987
* Aquatics Center, 1989
* Electric Company Mini Mall, 1984-1989
* Miscellaneous Urban/Neighborhood Documents, 1981-1985
* Women's Center of Raleigh, 1978-1988
* N.C. Senior Citizen Association, 1977-1997
* Distinguished Women of North Carolina Award, 1984-1988
* Alumni Association, Elon College, 1939 and 1964-1988
* Jimmy Carter Visit to Elon College, 1989
Box 10: Meetings and Events. 1980-1998. 19 folders.
Box 11. Publicity.
* News Clippings, 1977-2000 (11 files)
* Magazines, 1978-1979
* People magazine, 1979
* Good Housekeeping magazine, 1980
* Donahue Television Show, 1979-1980
* Tomorrow Show on Television, 1978
* Oklahoma Speech, 1979
* Senior Hall of Fame, 1980-1981
* Credo, 1981
* Asheville Mall, 1980
Box 12: Speeches. 1965-2000.
* Indexes by A-Z order, date, theme, and file number
* Speeches and Notes, (17 folders)
* Research for Speeches (3 folders)
* Speech Edits and Notes
* Speeches and biographies of others
Box 13: Mayoral Papers.
* Calendars, 1977-1979
* Presidential Inauguration, 1977
* Governor Inauguration, 1977
* Meetings and Events, 1977-1979 (14 folders)
Box 14: Mayoral Papers.
* Campaign, 1977
* Financial Disclosure, 1977
* Inauguration, 1977
* Mayoral Accomplishments, 1977-1979
* Re-Election Campaign, 1979
* Miscellaneous Items
* Correspondence, 1977-1979 (12 folders)
* Special Letters
* Unusual Letters
PHOTOGRAPHS AND SLIDES
Box 15: Photographs.
* Antique Photographs (includes Tin Type, Cabinet Cards)
* Walton Family, ca. 1927
* Isabella W. Cannon, ca. 1920s
* Cannon Family, 1918-ca. 1930
* Miscellaneous Unidentified, ca. 1920s
* C. M. Cannon, 1922
* Elon/Walton Family, ca. 1920
* C.M. and Isabella W. Cannon, 1930s
* Cannon and Walton Families, 1920s-1960s
* Washington, D.C., 1940s
* Liberia, 1947-1949
* C.M. Cannon Foreign Service, 1940s-1950s
* C.M. Cannon Death, 1954
* Romania, 1975
* English Classes for Foreign Wives, 1972-1975
* China, 1989 (2 folders)
* Family and Friends, (5 folders)
* Roger McQueen, 1982-1983
* Brooks Avenue Residence, 1956-1999
* Civic Activities, 1960s-1976
* Political, 1977-1979 (3 folders)
* Public Events, 1980-1999 (2 folders)
Negatives: (safety film negatives of photographs in collection - need to be sleeved, sorted, identified and filed).
SLIDES
Book 1: Slides.
* Travel 1950-1973 (includes Middle East, Africa, and Scotland)
Book 2: Slides.
* Travel 1973-1989 (includes Africa, Turkey, and Russia)
* Mayoral, 1977-1979
Book 3: Slides.
* Family and Brooks Avenue Residence, 1950-ca. 1980
SMALL STORAGE BOXES
Box 16.
* Elon Bible, 1924
* Inaugural Bible, 1977
* Small Photo Album, ca. 1922
* Walton Family Photo (Framed), ca. 1918
Box 17.
* C.M. Cannon FEA Album (China, Burma and India), Feb. 1945 - Aug. 1945
* Isabella Cannon Day, City of Raleigh Proclamation, May 12, 1999
Box 18 (Please note: Isabella Cannon's scrapbook has been removed from this collection and added to the University Scrapbook Collection).
* Isabella Walton (Cannon) Elon College Scrapbook, 1920-1924
Box 19: Children's Letters and Cards to Isabella W. Cannon, ca. 1990.
* C.M. Cannon FEA Album (vol. 2-India, China, Liberia), Jan, 1945-June 1946
* Liberia Photo Album, 1946-1950
* Iraq Photo Album, 1950-1951
LARGE STORAGE BOX
Box 20: Miscellaneous Non-Document Items.
* State Fair Ribbons, 1997-1999
* WPTF 50th Anniversary Single Record, 1974
* Bett Padgett CD (2)
* Elon Convocation Video (Isabella Cannon Speech), 2001
* The Preacher's Three, 1963
* The Highland Scots of North Carolina, 1961
* Ralph Trulock's Christmas Roses (Awarded to Isabella Cannon), ca. 1910
* Riley Farm Rhymes, ca. 1920
* Riley Songs of Home, ca. 1909
* Through the Garden Gate
* Curtain Up
* Journey into China
Other: Document Folders and Boxes Need to be assigned numbers.
* Contains Elon College and High School diplomas and degrees for both Isabella Cannon and C.M. Cannon