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MS 408- James Canan Collection

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MS 408

Scope and Contents

This collection includes 105 folders that contain federal governement publications, newspaper clippings, publications of scholarly articles, materials from conferences, photographs, maps, and personal notes that James Canan collected during his years working for the Bureau of Indian Affairs.


  • Created: 1956-1994
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1958
  • Other: Date acquired: 01/18/2010


Conditions Governing Access

McCracken Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.  Restrictions may exist on reproduction, quotation or publication. Contact McCracken Research Library for more information.

Biographical or Historical Information

James Canan was born in 1926 in Pennsylvania. He fought during World War II, and in 1949 he joined the Bureau of Indian Affairs. During his time at the BIA he was the director for the Rocky Mountain Region from 1962-1979, afterwards he retired for two years. Then he was appointed as the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs from Janurary to May of 1981. He passed away in 2009.

Note written by Hunter Old Elk, Annie Stratton


11.00 Cubic Feet

Language of Materials



This collection contains the personal papers of James Canan. James Canan worked for the Bureau of Indian Affairs between the years of 1956-1994. The collection has a mixture of publications, personal notes, and federal governement records all pertaining to the Bureau of Indian Affairs and issues that affected that line of work. The pieces in this collection are helpful when researching the Bureau of Indian Affairs during the civil rights movement.

Arrangement Note

The collection is broken into seven series; government documents, publications, United States Department of the Interior Field Executives Management Conference, Social Programs and Economic Opportunities Conference, notes, correspondence and awards, and photographs. Within the series the folders are organized by year.

Source of Acquisition

MaryAnn Canan

Method of Acquisition

This collection was a gift from MaryAnn Canan.

AS, 2019
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Repository Details

Part of the McCracken Research Library Repository

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