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Johnson family journals and correspondence

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSS 3095

Scope and Contents note

Contains photocopies of the 1885-1887 journal of Benjamin F. Johnson; photocopies of seven journals/day books of Benjamin's son, James Francis Johnson (1894-1895, 1898-1900, 1900-1903, 1902, 1911, 1913-1914); photocopies of family correspondence, mostly from Benjamin (in St. George, Utah) to James Francis from 1885-1886; and a few legal documents relating to James Francis Johnson's estate.


  • 1885-1914


Conditions Governing Access note

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use note

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

Biographical History

The Johnson family were early Mormon converts and pioneers in Utah and Arizona. Benjamin Franklin Johnson (1818-1905) was a private secretary to Joseph Smith and a member of Brigham Young's 1847 pioneer company. He later helped settle Summit Creek, Utah and Mesa, Arizona. His son, James Francis Johnson (1856-1916) was a farmer and wood contractor in Utah and Arizona.


1 half box (0.25 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Contains letters to James Francis Johnson from his father, Benjamin Franklin Johnson, and the journals of Benjamin Franklin Johnson. The collection has some legal documents pertaining to the death of James Francis Johnson.

Other Finding Aids note

More detailed finding aid available in repository upon request.

Custodial History note

Donated; Preston Johnson in 2004.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Donated; Preston Johnson; 2004.

Appraisal note

19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.

Existence and Location of Originals

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Church History Library and Archives; 50 East North Temple Street, Salt Lake City, Utah 84150; 801-240-2745.

Related Archival Materials note

See also the Johnson family biographies, circa 1950 (MSS SC 172), and Ezekiel Johnson biographical sketch (MSS Film 920 no. 89).

Processing Information

Processed; Jana Lloyd; 2006.

Processing Information note

Processed; Elizabeth Ballif, student processor, and John Murphy, curator.

Register of Johnson family journals and correspondence
Elizabeth Ballif, student processor, and John Murphy, curator
2009 August 13
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States