Parish B. Johnson Papers

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Parish B. Johnson Papers
Dates: 1864-1886
Collection Number: mssJohnson papers
Creator: Johnson, Parish B. (Parish Barkydt), 1838-
Extent: 43 items
Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Manuscripts Department
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, California 91108
Phone: (626) 405-2191
Email: reference@huntington.org
URL: http://www.huntington.org
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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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.

Biography

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.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Huntington Library's Online Catalog.  

Personal Names

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

Corporate Names

United States. Army -- Officers -- Diaries.

Subjects

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

Geographic Areas

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

Genre

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


Collection Contents

Box 1

Papers

Folder 1

Johnson, Parish B. (Parish Barkydt), b. 1838. Journal. 1 item 1864

Folder 2

Fink, A. R. 3 telegrams to Parish B. (Parish Barkydt) Johnson, b. 1838. 3 items. undated

Folder 3

Fink, Josephine Johnson. 2 letters to Libbie Johnson. 3 items. 1881-1884

Scope and Content Note

Includes budget.
Folder 4

Fink, Josephine Johnson. 1 letter to Parish B. (Parish Barkydt) Johnson, b. 1838. 1 item. 1877, Jan. 5

Folder 5

Freeman, Nellie. 2 letters to Libbie Johnson. 2 items. 1885

Folder 6

Johnson, Albert M. 1 letter to Parish B. (Parish Barkydt) Johnson, b. 1838. 1 item. 1877, July 25

Folder 7

Johnson, Grove Lawrence, 1841-. 12 letters to Parish B. (Parish Barkydt) Johnson, b. 1838. 12 items. 1884-1886

Folder 8

Johnson, Libbie. 4 letters to Parish B. (Parish Barkydt) Johnson, b. 1838. 4 items. 1876-1877

Folder 9

Johnson, Parish B. (Parish Barkydt), b. 1838. 2 letters to Libbie Johnson. 2 items. 1883-1885

Folder 10

Johnson, Smith S. 3 letters to Libbie Johnson. 3 items. 1885

Folder 11

Moore, Miles C. 1 letter to A. R. Fink. 1 item. 1884, Nov. 10

Folder 12

Perkins, J. A. 1 letter to A. R. Fink. 1 item. 1876, Sep. 7

Folder 13

Spud?, Dolly. 1 letter to Libbie Johnson. 1 item. 1885, Mar. 3

Folder 14

Waterbury, Mary. 1 letter to Libbie Johnson. Includes letter from Park N. Waterbury to Parish B. (Parish Barkydt) Johnson, b. 1838. 2 items. 1885, Mar. 16 - 17

Folder 15

-----, Clem. 1 letter to Libbie Johnson. 1 item. 1885, Aug. 10

Folder 16

-----, Henrietta. 1 letter to Libbie Johnson. 1 item. 1885, Nov. 10

Folder 17

Ephemera. 4 items. 1885