Finding Aid to the Photographs from the Walter S. Johnson Papers, circa 1870-circa 1975

Chris McDonald
The Bancroft Library
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
Phone: (510) 642-6481
Fax: (510) 642-7589
Email: bancref@library.berkeley.edu
URL: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/
© 2013
The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Finding Aid to the Photographs from the Walter S. Johnson Papers, circa 1870-circa 1975

Collection number: BANC PIC 2012.103

The Bancroft Library

University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
Phone: (510) 642-6481
Fax: (510) 642-7589
Email: bancref@library.berkeley.edu
URL: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/
Finding Aid Author(s):
Chris McDonald
Date Completed:
2013
Finding Aid Encoded By:
GenX
© 2014 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Collection Summary

Collection Title: Photographs from the Walter S. Johnson papers
Date (inclusive): circa 1870-circa 1975
Collection Number: BANC PIC 2012.103
Collector: Johnson, Walter S.
Extent: 3 boxes, 3 oversize folers, 3 albums (circa 1,100 photographic prints, including 2 tintypes), 4 framed photographs, 67 negatives and 1 cased photograph : b&w and color ; 53 x 43 cm or smaller.
Repository: The Bancroft Library.
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
Phone: (510) 642-6481
Fax: (510) 642-7589
Email: bancref@library.berkeley.edu
URL: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/
Languages Represented: Collection materials are in English

Information for Researchers

Access Information

NITRATE NEGATIVES CLOSED TO RESEARCH DUE TO HAZARDOUS MATERIALS RESTRICTIONS.
FRAMED PHOTOGRAPHS AND AMBROTYPE RESTRICTED. Use of framed and cased photographs only by permission of the appropriate curator. Inquiries regarding these materials should be directed, in writing, to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library.
COLLECTION STORED, IN PART, OFF-SITE: Advance notice required for use.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Photographs from the Walter S. Johnson Papers, BANC PIC 2012.103, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog
Johnson, Walter Samuel--1884-1978--Archives.
Box making--California--Photographs.
Photograph albums.

Administrative Information

Gift ; of Walter S. Johnson Foundation ; 2011.

Biography/Organization History

Walter S. Johnson (1884-1978) was a businessman and philanthropist based in San Francisco, California. An early partner in the Stockton Box Corporation, he helped to develop the company into the American Box Corporation, which later became the American Forest Products Corporation. He also helped establish the Friden Calculuating Machine Company (Friden, Inc.). In 1959 Johnson donated $2 million for the preservation of the Palace of Fine Arts, and continued to support the Palace financially for the rest of his life. In tribute, the city named the surrounding grounds the Walter S. Johnson Park. In 1968 Johnson established the Walter S. Johnson Foundation to support his various philanthropic interests.

Scope and Content Note

Includes formal portrait photographs and snapshots of Walter S. Johnson; his family, friends and other associates; and events pertaining to his business and philanthropic pursuits. Also includes photograph albums pertaining to Johnson's early career as a lawyer and partner in the Stockton Box Corporation; to his leadership of the American Box Corporation; and to the Panama Pacific International Exposition. Some material depicts logging, lumbering and other aspects of wooden box manufacturing. Also includes other photographs depicting P.P.I.E. and the Palace of Fine Arts, as well as portraits of architect Bernard Maybeck. Ambrotype depicts Alfred A. Johnson, father of Walter S. Johnson.

Container Listing

PIC_box 1

Photographic prints: Walter S. Johnson portraits, personal, family and career. BANC PIC 2012.103

folder 1

Walter S. Johnson: personal portraits.

folder 2

Walter S. Johnson: tintype portraits.

folder 3

Personal and family.

folder 4

Personal and family (ct’d).

folder 5

Career.

folder 6

Career (ct’d).

PIC_box 2

Photographic prints: disbound albums, P.P.I.E, events, leisure and travel, military, etc BANC PIC 2012.103

folder 1

Photograph album (disbound): Forestry.

folder 2

Photograph album (disbound) : Forestry (ct’d).

folder 3

Photograph album (disbound) : “Corporate”.

folder 4

Loose photographs from PPIE album (--fALB vol. 1).

folder 5

Events.

folder 6

Leisure and travel.

folder 7

Military.

folder 8

Palace of Fine Arts.

folder 9

Numbered and listed photographs (as received).

folder 10

Loose photographs from --fALB vol.3 (group portraits).

folder 11

Sarah Bernhardt commercial studio portrait.

folder 12

PPIE photograph exhibit labels.

folder 13

Miscellaneous papers.

AX_box 1

Oversize photographic prints: various subjects BANC PIC 2012.103--AX

folder 1

American Forestry Products Corp. scrapbook leaves.

folder 2

American Forestry Products Corp. group portrait.

folder 3

Family portraits.

folder 4

Family photograph album (disbound).

folder 5

Family photograph album (disbound)(ct’d).

folder 6

Walter S. Johnson portraits.

folder 7

Walter S. Johnson portraits (ct’d).

folder 8

Bernard Maybeck portraits.

folder 9

Photograph album (disbound): Friden Corp.

 

Oversize photographic print: Walter S. Johnson portrait. BANC PIC 2012.103--B

B_folder 1

Walter S. Johnson portrait.

 

Oversize photographic prints: portrait and Friden event. BANC PIC 2012.103--C

C_folder 1

Walter S. Johnson portrait.

C_folder 2

[Friden Corp. event in Italy: bouquet room. 1953.]

 

Photograph albums

fALB_vol. 1

Volume 1. BANC PIC 2012.103--fALB

Scope and Content Note

Album of Panama-Pacific International Exposition photographs.
ALB_vol. 2

Volume 2 BANC PIC 2012.103--ALB

Scope and Content Note

Volume 2. Snapshot photograph album pertaining to post-World War I activities of Walter S. Johnson, including the early development of the Stockton Box Corporation. Photographs depict Johnson (wearing soldier’s uniform in many images), business associates, construction of company building(s), logging and lumbering, a company town, and possibly friends and family.
fALB_vol. 3

Volume 3 BANC PIC 2012.103--fALB

Scope and Content Note

Photograph album pertaining to the American Box Corporation and affiliate companies (e.g. General Box Distributors, Associated Lumber and Box Company, etc.). Includes portraits of Walter S. Johnson and company staff, and snapshots depicting company facilities throughout California, logging, lumbering, manufacturing, and company products.
 

Framed P.P.I.E. photographs

 

[Panama Pacific International Exposition. Festival Hall. Photograph by Theodore Lewis Lenzen.] BANC PIC 2012.103--FR

 

[Panama Pacific International Exposition. Tower of Jewels. Photograph by Theodore Lewis Lenzen.] BANC PIC 2012.103--FR

 

[Panama Pacific International Exposition. Italian Tower. Photograph by Theodore Lewis Lenzen.] BANC PIC 2012.103--FR

 

[Panama Pacific International Exposition. Tower to the Court of Abundance. Photograph by Theodore Lewis Lenzen.] BANC PIC 2012.103--FR

 

Cased photograph

 

Ambrotype portrait of Alfred A. Johnson, Sr. Taken circa 1860. BANC PIC 2012.103--CASE

 

Negatives

 

Miscellaneous copy negatives of portraits, family snapshots, etc., 4x5 in. or smaller. BANC PIC 2012.103--NNEG

Shelving location: NNEG misc. box 10
 

Miscellaneous copy negatives of portraits, family snapshots, etc. in 5x7 sleeves. BANC PIC 2012.103--NNEG(5x7)

Shelving location: NNEG(5x7) misc. box 11
 

Miscellaneous copy negatives of portraits, family snapshots, etc. in 8x10 in. sleeves. BANC PIC 2012.103--NNEG(8x10)

Shelving location: NNEG(8x10) misc. box 12
 

Miscellaneous copy negatives of portraits, family snapshots, etc. in 35mm strip sleeves. BANC PIC 2012.103--NNEG(strip)

Physical Description: Shelving location: NNEG(strip) misc. box 13