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  • Administration Information
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  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Papers of Parish B. Johnson, 1864-1886
    Dates: 1864-1886
    Collection Number: Consult repository.
    Creator: Johnson, Parish B. (Parish Barkydt), b. 1838
    Extent: 43 items
    Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens Manuscripts Department
    The Huntington Library
    1151 Oxford Road
    San Marino, California 91108
    Phone: (626) 405-2203
    Fax: (626) 449-5720
    Email: manuscripts@huntington.org
    URL: http://www.huntington.org
    Abstract: Diary and correspondence of Captain Parish Barhydt Johnson, Western newspaper publisher, covering a trip from Wilmington, California to Tucson, Arizona during his time in the United States Army, as well as newspaper matters.
    Language of Material: The records are in English.

    Administration Information


    Collection is open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, please go to following web site .

    Publication Rights

    In order to quote from, publish, or reproduce any of the manuscripts or visual materials, researchers must obtain formal permission from the office of the Library Director. In most instances, permission is given by the Huntington as owner of the physical property rights only, and researchers must also obtain permission from the holder of the literary rights. In some instances, the Huntington owns the literary rights, as well as the physical property rights. Researchers may contact the appropriate curator for further information.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Parish B. Johnson Papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Acquisition Information

    The collection was purchased from Mrs. O. C. Hodges in December 1946.


    Parish B. Johnson, a Western newspaper publisher, became a member of the general committee which controlled the Walla Walla Union when it was founded in 1868. He assumed full editorship of the paper from 1876-1890.

    Scope and Content

    The papers include a diary kept by Parish B. Johnson when he was a captain in the US Army during a trip from Drum Barracks, Wilmington, California to Tucson, Arizona, in 1864. There are also 38 pieces of correspondence (arranged alphabetically by author) primarily written within the Johnson family. The authors include Johnson himself, his wife Libbie, their son Smith S. Johnson, Parish’s brother Grove L. Johnson, Grove’s daughter Josephine and son Albert M. Johnson as well as Libbie Johnson’s aunt and uncle, Mary and Park Waterbury. The subjects covered are limited to family concerns and the newspaper business in Northern California and Washington Territory. The ephemera consists of four items.

    Indexing Terms

    Personal Names

    Johnson, Parish B. (Parish Barkydt), b. 1838 -- Archives.

    Corporate Names

    United States. Army -- Officers -- Diaries.


    Newspaper editors -- Washington (State) -- Walla Walla -- Correspondence.
    Newspaper publishing -- Washington (State) -- Walla Walla.

    Geographic Areas

    Southwest, New -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Personal narratives.


    Diaries West (U.S.) 19th century.
    Letters (correspondence) West (U.S.) 19th century.