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August J. Johnson papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 3166

Scope and Contents

The bulk of the collection consists of the personal records of August J. Johnson while he was serving an Eastern States Mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1908-1910. It includes journals, some of which appear to be duplicates, correspondence with family members, expense records, a photograph album, hymn books, and missionary record form books. In addition there are a few items dated later in his life. The Photo Album is photocopied in the collection; the original has been transferred to Photo Archives.


  • 1908-1970


Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

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

Biographical History

August Jeremiah Johnson was born on Feb. 4, 1889, in Lake View, Utah County, Utah. He is the son of John Johnson. He served in the Eastern States Mission as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from Nov. 24, 1908 to Feb. 14, 1911. Johnson was married to Ruth Elva Taylor on May 14, 1913 in the Salt Lake Temple. She died on July 4, 1949. August then married Beatrice A. Henderson on Sept. 11, 1950 in the Salt Lake Temple. He was an active church leader, including serving as Bishop of the Lake View Ward from 1936-1941. Johnson's entire life was devoted to farming and dairying. He served as President of the Geneva Dairy Association in Utah from 1940-1945 and as a member of the S.C.E.R.A. Board of Directors from 1941-1957. He served as a member of the Taylor Brothers Quartet for 35 years and as a member of the Mendelssohn Chorus from the time of its organization in 1918 until 1965. Johnson served as Program Chairman of the Stake Old Folks Committee for fifteen years, retiring in 1964, at the age of seventy-five. August J. Johnson died on Feb. 7, 1970.


5 boxes (2 linear ft.)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Nanalee Johnson Stratton, Kathleen McClellan; 2004.


Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.VII, 2007).

Related Materials

See also the August J. Johnson photograph album in the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Photograph Archives.

Register of August J. Johnson papers
Garrett Schroath
2011 April 8
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