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Robert J. Johnson family papers

 File — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 4112
Robert J. Johnson Family Papers, 1871-1928 include correspondence, photographs, and other items from Robert J. Johnson, his son Jacob John, his daughter Grace Susan Bowen, and his son-in-law James Charles Bowen.


  • 1871-1928


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public access; Photos kept in cold access; requires 24 hours advance notice.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Robert J. Johnson family papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.


2 boxes (2.0 linear ft.)

Biographical / Historical

Robert Joseph Johnson was born circa 1828 in England. While living in Hereford, he served as a manager for G. R. Herron and Son for 21 years. He had two sons (Robert and Jacob John) and two daughters (Elizabeth Penbridge and Grace Susan Bowen) before immigrating to Utah in June 1884. He died 11 April 1903 in Salt Lake City, where he had settled.

Custodial History

The material in this collection was bought at the auction of Steve Kovacich material by Lyn Knight Currency Auctions in Salt Lake City, November 1999. This material was separated from a larger collection, Milas E. Johnson Family Papers (MSS 2204), because it comprised a different Johnson family. While every attempt to identify which items belonged to which Johnson family were made, some materials had no identifying information to distinguish them.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donation; 1999.


19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.

Related Materials

See Johnson-Bowen photographs housed in photo archives.
Related Materials These items are part of the 19th Century Western and Mormon Archives.
Register of Robert J. Johnson family papers
Rose Frank
2011 June 21
Description rules
Language of description

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States