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Guide to the Johnson family papers, 1798-1943

Abstract

Alabama family whose members were instrumental in founding the Alabama School for the Deaf in Talladega.

The Johnson family's papers chiefly contain letters (1927-1930) from Nellie Hall Johnson (wife of Joseph Henry Johnson Jr.), of Talladega, Alabama, to her son, Seaborn Johnson, while he was a student at Alabama Polytechnic Institute and elsewhere. Other papers represent three generations of the Johnson family in Alabama and Georgia, and include correspondence, some legal and financial papers, student papers from the University of Alabama, and printed material. Of particular interest is the 1861 muster roll of the Alabama Rifles, and items referring to the sale of slaves. Other topics in the family papers include life in Cave Spring, Georgia and the history of Hollins College. Persons represented include Abner Darden, Joseph Henry Johnson Jr., and the Asbury and Darden families.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Creator
Johnson family (Ala.)
Title
Johnson family papers, 1798-1943
Language of Material
English
Extent
3.0 Linear Feet, Approx. 758 Items
Location
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Contents of the Collection

Correspondence, 1839-1883
Box 1
Correspondence, 1884-1926
Box 2
Correspondence, 1883-1943
Box 1
Legal papers, 1798-1924
Box 2
Financial papers, 1836-1930
Box 2
Addresses and writings, 1863-1893
Box 2
Miscellaneous, 1861-1929

Includes Alabama Rifles muster roll, 1861.

Box 2
Printed material, 1857-1877
Box 2
Correspondence, 1883-1943
Box 2
Oversize papers
Ovsz. Folder 1

Historical Note

The Johnson family was an Alabama family whose members were instrumental in founding the Alabama School for the Deaf in Talladega. The younger Seaborn's namesake, Seaborn Johnson, was born deaf in 1845; his older brother, Joseph Henry Sr., worked at the Georgia School for the Deaf in Cave Spring, and founded the Alabama School for the Deaf in Talladega in 1858. Seaborn was the first student attending the school, then went on to Gallaudet University. Nellie's husband Joseph Henry was the son of Joseph Henry Sr. and Emily Johnson.

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Johnson family papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The Johnson family papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 1978.

Processing Information

Processed by Rubenstein Library staff

Encoded by Jen Snow, June 2011

Accession(s) described in this finding aid: 1-4-78 and unmarked addition.

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and local Style Guide.

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.