Scope and Content
Title: Parish B. Johnson Papers
Collection Number: mssJohnson papers
Johnson, Parish B. (Parish Barkydt), 1838-
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Abstract: Diary of Captain
Parish Barhydt Johnson (born 1838), Western newspaper publisher, covering a trip from
Wilmington, California, to Tucson, Arizona during his time in the United States Army in 1864,
as well as 38 pieces of correspondence related to the newspaper business in Northern California and Washington Territory
and family concerns in the 1870s and 1880s.
Language of Material: The records are in English.
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The collection was purchased from Mrs. O. C. Hodges in December 1946.
Parish B. Johnson (born 1838), 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 United States
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.
Johnson, Parish B.
(Parish Barkydt), 1838- -- Archives.
United States. Army --
Officers -- Diaries.
Newspaper editors -- Washington (State)
-- Walla Walla -- Correspondence.
Newspaper publishing -- Washington
(State) -- Walla Walla.
Southwest, New --
History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Personal narratives.
Diaries West (U.S.) 19th
Letters (correspondence) West (U.S.)