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J. Edward Johnson papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: UA 97

Scope and Contents

Contains a draft of a biography of George H. Brimhall, which includes Johnson's personal recollections of Brigham Young University. Also contains a loose leaf manuscript of the biography composed by J. Edward Johnson entitled "George H. Brimhall: An Attempted Approximation of His Genius, Accomplishments, Stature," and a letter from Johnson concerning the manuscript. Materials date from approximately 1975.


  • 1975


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 publish material from the J. Edward Johnson papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

J. Edward Johnson (1890-1976) was an attorney in California.

John Edward Johnson was born on October 2, 1890 in Murray, Utah to John Johnson and Edla Wilhelmina Lundell. He attended school as a child in Benjamin, Utah, and later high school in Provo. He continued his education at Brigham Young University, where he served as student body president. In 1915 he graduated with a bachelor's degree and took the position of principal at Snowflake Academy in Arizona, remaining in the position until 1917. In 1916 he married Mary Elma Huish, and they had four children.

In 1917 Johnson moved to California to study law, and graduated from the University of California with his juris doctorate in 1920. He worked primarily as a property and banking lawyer, eventually helping to establish the law firm Johnson, Ruggeri and Harmon in San Francisco in 1931. In 1933 his wife Mary died; he remarried the following year to Ethel Lavon Brockbank in Salt Lake City, and they had four children together. Johnson died on April 4, 1976 in Berkeley, California.


1 box (0.5 linear ft.)




Drafts were set in individual folders.

Custodial History

Donated by J. Edward Johnson in 1977.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; J. Edward Johnson; 1977.


University records (University Archives Collecting Policy February 2010).

Processing Information

Processed; Stephanie Laabs; May 2010.

Register of J. Edward Johnson papers
Stephanie Laabs
2010 May 3
Description rules
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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. University Archives Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo UT 84602 US