Jean McElwee Cannon

Jean McElwee Cannon

Curator for North American Collections
Biography: 

Jean M. Cannon is Curator for North American Collections at the Hoover Institution Library & Archives at Stanford University, where she specializes in acquisitions, education, exhibitions, and scholarly publications. She received a PhD in English Literature from the University of Texas at Austin, with a focus on WWI poetry and fiction, and holds a BA in English from Duke University. Prior to her current position, she was the Literary Collections Research Associate at the Harry Ransom Center, where she co-curated the 2014 exhibition The World at War, 1914-1918. She was also the curator of Hoover’s 2017 exhibition, Weapon on the Wall: American Political Posters of WWI. Cannon has also worked extensively in book publishing and advertising and as a freelance writer and editor.

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Stanford and the Great War

by Jean McElwee Cannonvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Collections in the Hoover Archives tell the stories of the Stanford students who were eager to go “over there,” driving battlefield ambulances and flying over the front lines.

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A Stitch in Time

by Jean McElwee Cannonvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Belgian women, rescued by US aid during World War I, thanked Americans by sending messages made from traditional lace and needlework. Lou Henry Hoover gathered those fragile reminders of a historic humanitarian moment.

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Weapon on the Wall

by Jean McElwee Cannonvia Hoover Digest
Monday, April 24, 2017

As World War I raged, posters encouraged, enticed, and even shamed young Americans into joining the great conflict.

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Hoover and the Great Outdoors

by Jean McElwee Cannon featuring Herbert Hoovervia Hoover Digest
Monday, April 24, 2017

A lifelong outdoorsman, Herbert Hoover praised nature as a font of inspiration, relaxation, and American values. Naturally, Hoover played an energetic role in developing America’s national parks. 

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A Bomb to Remember

by Jean McElwee Cannon, James Samvia Hoover Digest
Friday, January 27, 2017

The 1946 nuclear tests at Bikini Atoll were a shocking introduction to the perils of the atomic age. Rare artifacts and records tell the story. 

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On the Firing Line: A Fiftieth Anniversary

by Jean McElwee Cannonvia Hoover Digest
Monday, April 18, 2016

Where have you gone, William F. Buckley? A new Hoover exhibit highlights unforgettable exchanges with America’s most public intellectual.

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War Is . . . Soccer?

by Jean McElwee Cannonvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Historic posters show how World War I combatants wove the beautiful game into images, and memories, of a far-from-beautiful war.

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Bridge of Spies

by Jean McElwee Cannonvia Hoover Digest
Friday, October 16, 2015

The Hoover Archives holds the papers of James Donovan, the key figure in a celebrated Cold War spy swap. Now a new Steven Spielberg film, starring Tom Hanks as Donovan, tells Donovan’s story.