Myrtle Elizabeth Johnson Papers MS-0347

Special Collections & University Archives
5500 Campanile Dr. MC 8050
San Diego, CA 92182-8050

Contributing Institution: Special Collections & University Archives
Title: Myrtle Elizabeth Johnson Papers
Creator: Johnson, Myrtle Elizabeth
Identifier/Call Number: MS-0347
Physical Description: 3.75 Linear Feet
Date (inclusive): 1904-1928
Language of Material: English .

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of manuscript drafts for the book Seashore Animals of the Pacific Coast, photographs, and scrapbooks. The scrapbooks are particularly noteworthy, and contain images of the 1915-1916 San Diego Exposition and other scenes of life in the early city. The photograph albums document Johnson's frequent participation in the annual Sierra Club outings to Yosemite and other national parks between 1914 and 1928, and include photographs of wilderness scenery, wildlife, and scenes from camp such as games, campfires, hikes, and meals with outing participants.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in these materials have not been transferred to San Diego State University. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. The nature of historical archival and manuscript collections is such that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine.  Requests for permission to publish must be submitted to the Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University, Library and Information Access. When granted, permission is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained in order to publish. Materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials.

Related Materials

San Diego Scrapbook Collection
Sierra Club Collection
San Diego Photograph Collection

Preferred Citation

Identification of item, folder title, box number, Myrtle Elizabeth Johnson Papers, Special Collections and University Archives, San Diego State University Library.

Biographical Note

Myrtle Johnson was professor of biology at San Diego State Teachers College from 1921 to 1946, and served as chair of the biology department from 1928 until 1940. Her field of specialization was marine biology, and she authored several books on the subject, Seashore Animals of the Pacific Coast, and West Coast Marine Shells. She received her B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.
Johnson was instrumental in initiating on-campus training for student nurses at Mercy Hospital, the forerunner of the present day School of Nursing.
Dr. Johnson was a fellow of three prestigious organizations: the American Association for the Advancement of Science, California Academy of Sciences, and the San Diego Society of Natural History. In addition, she was an active outdoors-woman, and was a member of several nature organizations such as the San Diego Zoological Society, Sierra Club, and Audubon Society. She died in 1967.



Subjects and Indexing Terms

Personal Papers
Photograph albums--Specimens
Marine animals--Pacific Coast (America)
Johnson, Myrtle Elizabeth, 1881-1967--Archives
Johnson, Myrtle Elizabeth, 1881-1967--Travel
San Diego State University--Faculty--Biography--Sources

box 1, folder 1

Final draft, chapters 1-7 Folder 1

box 1, folder 2

Final draft, chapters 8-10 Folder 2

box 1, folder 3

Final draft, chapters, 11-12 Folder 3

box 1, folder 4

Final draft, bibliography and glossary Folder 4

box 1, folder 5

Publication proof Folder 5

box 1, folder 6

Chapter 1, "The Collecting Grounds & How to Collect" Folder 6

box 1, folder 7

Chapter 2, "Classification of Animals" Folder 7

box 1, folder 8

Chapter 3, "Life in Ocean" Folder 8

box 1, folder 9

Chapter 4, "Phylum Porifera" Folder 9

box 1, folder 10

Chapter 5, " Phylum Coelenterata" Folder 10

box 2, folder 1

Chapter 6, "Phylum Vermes" Folder 1

box 2, folder 2

Chapter 7, " Phylum Mollusca" Folder 2

box 2, folder 3

Chapter 7, "Phylum Mollusca" (cont'd) Folder 3

box 2, folder 4

Chapter 9, "Phylum Echinodermata" Folder 4

box 2, folder 5

Chapter 9," Phylum Echinodermata" (cont'd) Folder 5

box 2, folder 6

Chapter 10, " Phylum Arthropoda" Folder 6

box 2, folder 7

Chapter 10, "Phylum Athropoda" (cont'd) Folder 7

box 2, folder 8

Chapter 11, " Phylum Mollusca" Folder 8

box 2, folder 9

Chapter 12," Phylum Chordata" Folder 9

box 2, folder 10

Bibliography Folder 10

box 2, folder 11

Glossary Folder 11

box 3, item 1

Photo/Scrapbook Album, University of California (Berkeley). Scrapbook pages "bound in" with photo album pages to give a complete picture of Johnson's University education years Item 1

box 3, item 2

Photo album, ca. 1906, University of California (Berkeley). Campus views, house, and housemates, Capitola Item 2

box 4, item 1

Photo album, ca. 1907-1919. California travels: Tournament of Roses Parade (1914); Pasadena High School field trips; San Diego Exposition (1915); La Jolla; Pasadena home, family, friends; family pictures; Santa Barbara; Biological Station and Scripps Institute, La Jolla (1907, 1910), Mission Bay Item 1

box 4, item 2

Photo album, 1914 Yosemite (Photos by Shepp or Johnson-not clear) Item 2

box 5, item 1

Photo album, 1926, Yellowstone outing of the Sierra Club Item 1

box 5, item 2

Loose purchased print, Mossbrae Falls, California Item 2

box 6, item 1

Photo album, Pala Mission; winter mountains; family type cabin scenes Item 1 n.d.

box 6, item 2

Photo album, camping scenes; Nellie Post Office Item 2 1920s

box 6, item 3

Photo album, La Jolla caves; Hotel del Coronado; San Diego County camping (probably local mountains); group of women (possibly teachers); 3 group class photos; family photo? (some duplicates of book 1 above) Item 3

box 6, item 4

Photo album, various bird photos (possibly Berkeley, 1904) Item 4

box 7, item 1

Scrapbook, Berkeley campus; Yosemite photos; Panama-California Exposition photos and M. Johnson parents tickets; Sierra Club Southern California roster Item 1 c. 1920s

box 7, item 2

Scrapbook, M. Johnson's parents trip back east, 1916, many photos missing, there are some letters included from mother to children Item 2

box 8, item 1

Photo album, 1928 Sierra Club trip Item 1

box 8, item 2

Photo album, trip to East Coast along southern states Item 2 n.d.

box 9, item 2

Photo album, trip up west coast Item 2 n.d.

box 9, item 3

Photo album, 1929 Sierra Club outing (Sierras) Item 3

box 10, item 1

Photo album, 1913 Sierra Club outing (Sierras) Item 1

box 10, item 2

Photo album, 1924 (Sierra Club)? outing (Glacier Park) Item 2