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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.


    Open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, contact Reader Services.

    Administrative Information

    Publication Rights

    The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.

    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 (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.


    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.