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Johnson Family papers

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: IWA0717

Scope and Contents

This Johnson Family papers consist primarily of letters written by Justine Norton Johnson of Cresco, Iowa to her oldest and youngest sons, Justus and Donald Johnson, respectively. Occasional letters from the father, brothers and a cousin of these young men are also included. Justine Johnson's letters include suggestions to her sons about health, schoolwork, clothing, and nutrition. They also detail family affairs and other events on the farm and in the community. Her guidance in developing her son Justin's career in business is as apparent as the prominence of church and school activities in the everyday lives of this family.  Also included are biographical sketches of Justine Norton Johnson, Justus Johnson, and his wife Lulu Grinde Johnson, written by Justus Johnson's daughter Arlene Brainard.


  • Creation: 1903-1925


Conditions Governing Access

The papers are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright held by the donor has been transferred to the University of Iowa.

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Biographical / Historical

The Johnson family lived and farmed near Cresco, Iowa in the early twentieth century. Justine Norton Johnson's oldest son Justus, called Jettie, attended the Cedar Rapids Business College in 1905. In 1924-25, her youngest son Donald attended Annapolis and was a crew member ofthe USS New York. See biographical sketches in the collection.


1.00 linear inch

Language of Materials



Letters exchanged among members of this Cresco, Iowa, family.


2 folders, shelved in SCVF.

Method of Acquisition

The papers(donor no. 618) were donated by Arlene Brainard in 1999.

Doris Malkmus, 1999.
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Repository Details

Part of the Iowa Women's Archives Repository

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University of Iowa Libraries
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