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Henry Johnson Papers

Henry Johnson papers, 1811-1945


Early family records, 1811-73
0.25 linear feet.
Catalog Number: M99.1

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Series Description:
Letters, deeds, receipts, agreements and other documents (1811-69) relating to Johnson's ancestors and family; followed by financial records (1838-73). Much of the earliest material relates to the town of Industry, Maine, its school and the family members living there. Later material concerns Professor Johnson's father, Richard Elliot Johnson, his father's family and his early education.
Arrangement:Arranged chronologically.
General Note:
Restrictions:None.


Correspondence, 1870-1918, n.d.
3.75 linear feet.
Catalog Number: M99.2

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Series Description:
Johnson's correspondence (1870-1918) includes personal, family and professional letters filed chronologically, beginning with his college years. It includes a regular, almost weekly, exchange with his father; letters from his fiancee‚ (1880-81); correspondence with publishers and with Bowdoin officers and colleagues. There are also letters from three of the four artists involved in decorating the rotunda of the Walker Art Museum: Kenyon Cox, Abbott Thayer and Elihu Vedder. A detailed chronological list and alphabetical name index of non-family correspondence is available for in-house use.
Arrangement:Arranged chronologically.
General Note:
Restrictions:None.


Personal records, 1870-1945
2.25 linear feet.
Catalog Number: M99.3

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Series Description:
Records relating to Johnson and his immediate family, including diaries, financial material, documents, essays, notes and genealogies; grouped by type, the material is arranged alphabetically. Sections include college themes, including his commencement part; scattered diaries and journals (1870-1905); documents (1881-1945), among them marriage certificates, deeds, wills, etc.; material concerning his immediate family (for more information see the Chase-Johnson Papers); financial records (1870-1914), including bank and royalty statements; notes and notebooks; travel records (1875-1913); and ephemera (1871-1917).
Arrangement:Arranged alphabetically.
General Note:
Restrictions:None.


Professional records, [ca. 1880-1915], n.d.
4.25 linear feet.
Catalog Number: M99.4

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Series Description:
Notes, drafts, lectures, proofs and other materials, mostly undated, relating to Johnson's career as professor, author, and member of the Bowdoin College staff. It includes scholarly notes on various subjects; lectures read before various groups; essays, poems and book drafts, published and unpublished. Grouped by material type (i.e. poems, essays, notes, or translations), it is arranged alphabetically. Special sections on the works of Dante and Shakespeare, his two major subjects of study, combine all types of material.
Arrangement:Arranged alphabetically.
General Note:
Restrictions:None.


Clippings, 1873-1945, n.d.
0.25 linear feet.
Catalog Number: M99.5

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Series Description:
Clippings on various subjects, both dated (1873-1945) and undated. Broken very broadly, they are largely unarranged, and include obituaries of Johnson, his family members and friends; articles and poems by Johnson; reports of art exhibits; reviews of his published works; and information on his hometown of Industry, Maine.
Arrangement:Not arranged.
General Note:
Restrictions:None.


Photographs, n.d.
0.25 linear feet.
Catalog Number: M99.6

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Series Description:
Photographs of Industry, Maine, the ancestral home of the Johnson family which is referred to in the early family records. The images, many of which are cyanotypes, record the town's buildings, daily life and people. The photographer is unknown.
Arrangement:Not arranged.
General Note:
Restrictions:None.


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