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Alan P. Johnson research collection on Aaron Johnson

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 9510

Scope and Contents

Collection of research materials, notes, and writings produced during the creation of Alan P. Johnson's book "Aaron Johnson, Faithful Steward: A Documentary History," written in 1991. Aaron Johnson was an early pioneer of Springville, Utah, and Alan Johnson's ancestor. Collection includes a folder called "Storm Clouds" that contains information surrounding the Parrish-Potter murder mystery in Springville in the 1850s. Also includes one photograph of Aaron Johnson's family, with his plural wives, in front of his home in Springville, and a printer's manuscript copy of the book. Materials are dated approximately 1980s to 1991.


  • approximately 1980s-1991


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to use material from this collection must be obtained from Reference Services at

Biographical / Historical

Alan Packard Johnson was born January 13, 1929. He wrote the book, "Aaron Johnson, Faithful Steward: A Documentary History," about his great-great-grandfather, Aaron Johnson. It was published in 1991. Alan is an author and historian from Springville, Utah.


9 boxes (4.5 linear ft.)

1 oversize box (0.5 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Originally donated by Alan P. Johnson to the Springville Daughters of Utah Pioneers Museum following the publication of his book on Aaron Johnson. The papers were then given to J. Karl Franson, who passed them on to Brenda A. Knowlton, daughter of Alan P. Johnson. Brenda A. Knowlton donated them to Brigham Young University in October 2021.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Brenda A. Knowlton; October 2021.


Utah History (Mormon and Western American Manuscripts Collection Development Policy V.B.5.b, 2020)

Processing Information

Processed; Sydney Gee; June 2022.

Alan P. Johnson research collection on Aaron Johnson
In Progress
Sydney Gee
2022 June 22
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