Johnson family journals and correspondence

Johnson family journals and correspondence

Dates: 1885-1914

Contains photocopies of the 1885-1887 journal of Benjamin F. Johnson; photocopies of seven journals/day books of Benjamin's son, James Francis Johnson (1894-1895, 1898-1900, 1900-1903, 1902, 1911, 1913-1914); photocopies of family correspondence, mostly from Benjamin (in St. George, Utah) to James Francis from 1885-1886; and a few legal documents relating to James Francis Johnson's estate.

  • Extent: 1 half box (0.25 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Johnson (Family : Johnson, Benjamin F. (Benjamin Franklin), 1818-1905)
  • Call Number: MSS 3095
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84606;
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
Languages and Scripts
Location of Originals
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Church History Library and Archives; 50 East North Temple Street, Salt Lake City, Utah 84150; 801-240-2745.
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Benjamin Franklin Johnson journals and correspondence must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS 3095; Benjamin Franklin Johnson journals and correspondence; 19th and 20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 3095, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated by Preston Johnson in 2004.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Preston Johnson; 2004.
Other Finding Aids
More detailed finding aid available in repository upon request.
Related Material
See also the Johnson family biographies, circa 1950 (MSS SC 172), and Ezekiel Johnson biographical sketch (MSS Film 920 no. 89).
Subject Terms
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Johnson family; Johnson, Benjamin F. (Benjamin Franklin), 1818-1905; Johnson, James Francis, 1856-1916; Immigration and American Expansion; Mesa (Ariz.); Polygamy--Utah; Saint George (Utah)
Genre / Form
Diaries; Legal documents; Letters
Processing Information
Processed; Elizabeth Ballif, student processor, and John Murphy, curator.
Appraisal Information
Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (19th and 20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy 5.VII, August 2007).
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
Johnson family journals and correspondence
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Elizabeth Ballif, student processor, and John Murphy, curator
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2011-06-09T17:16-0600
Finding Aid Language
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.
Biographical Info:

Biographical History

The Johnson family were early Mormon converts and pioneers in Utah and Arizona. Benjamin Franklin Johnson (1818-1905) was a private secretary to Joseph Smith and a member of Brigham Young's 1847 pioneer company. He later helped settle Summit Creek, Utah and Mesa, Arizona. His son, James Francis Johnson (1856-1916) was a farmer and wood contractor in Utah and Arizona.

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Ryan Lee
Curator - 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts