Joe L. Cannon Papers, 1941-2012


Joe Cannon

Document Type

Finding Aid

Publication Date


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Scope and Content Note

This collection includes paper (correspondence, bulletins, and teaching materials) materials from, about, or pertaining to the missions and teaching of Joe Cannon and his family. The collection includes photo albums, video cassettes, and other miscellaneous items. This collection also includes notebooks and several booklets authored by Joe Cannon, video tapes, and photographs. Several books were originally included but have been removed to Rare books and REST collections.

Biographical Note

Joe Cannon (1927-2012) served as a missionary in Japan, Papua New Guinea, and Ukraine. Cannon began preaching in 1943. Four years later, after World War II, he and his first wife, RosaBelle, moved to Japan as missionaries. The Cannons worked in Japan for 24 years. They planted 15 churches and helped launch Ibaraki Christian University, four kindergartens and four orphanages. In 1971, the family moved to Papua New Guinea, where they founded Melanesian Bible College. In 1983 they moved to Memphis, Tenn., and began a training program, Mission/1000. After RosaBelle Cannon’s death, Joe Cannon married Betty Dollar and they left to do mission work in Ukraine. The couple ministered in the city of Bila Tserkva. Cannon died in Memphis, Tennessee in October of 2012.

Donor Note

Betty Dollar Cannon (Joe's wife)


This collection is arranged by subject.

Content List

Box 1: Papua New Guinea Box 2: Papua New Guinea Box 3: Okinawa/Japan Box 4: Mission/1000 Box 5: Mission/1000 Box 6: Mission/1000 Box 7: Lessons Box 8: Lessons



Extent of Collection

Eight Boxes

Manuscript Number

Center for Restoration Studies Manuscript #224

Physical Location

Center for Restoration Studies

Use Restrictions

Closed to public research. Contact Milliken Special Collections for assistance

Processing Status


Finding Aid created by

ACU StaffAudrey Schaffner

Subjects--Personal Names

Cannon, Joe; Cannon, Rosabelle; Cannon, Betty Dollar


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