Guide to the Johnson family papers, 1798-1943
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.
- David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
- Johnson family (Ala.)
- Johnson family papers, 1798-1943
- Language of Material
- 3.0 Linear Feet, Approx. 758 Items
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Includes Alabama Rifles muster roll, 1861.
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.
- Asbury family
- Confederate States of America. Army. Alabama Infantry Regiment, 1st
- Darden, Abner
- Darden family
- Johnson family (Ala.)
- Johnson, Joseph Henry Jr., 1864-1914
- Johnson, Nellie Hall
- Johnson, Seaborn
- Alabama Polytechnic Institute -- Students
- Hollins College -- Students
- University of Alabama -- Students
- College students -- Correspondents
- Mothers and sons -- Southern States
- Slavery -- Southern States
- Universities and colleges -- Alabama
- Alabama -- History
- Alabama -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865
- Georgia -- History
- Cave Spring (Ga.)
- Talladega (Ala.)
[Identification of item], Johnson family papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.
The Johnson family papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 1978.
Processed by Rubenstein Library staff
Encoded by Jen Snow, June 2011
Accession(s) described in this finding aid: 1-4-78 and unmarked addition.
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