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Robert M. Johnson Family Correspondence

Identifier: MSN/MN 10030

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of the correspondence between journalist Robert M. Johnson; his wife, Mary Urquhart Johnson; and their daughters Margaret and Esther. Also included are greeting cards, a broadside, telegrams, postcards, and clippings. Johnson wrote to his daughters about stories he was working on, including the 1910 street car strike in Philadelphia, and about his work as a political journalist in San Antonio, Texas. Materials include letters, cards, postcards, clippings, and a broadside.


  • Creation: 1904 - 1959
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1910 - 1930


Conditions Governing Access

There are no access restrictions on this collection.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright status for collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Biographical / Historical

Robert M. Johnson was born in San Francisco, California to a Justice of the Peace. He attended the University of Vermont and graduated in 1889. Johnson was a journalist and travelled extensively for his work, including to Portland, Oregon; San Antonio, Texas; Atlantic City, new Jersey; New York City; Philadelphia; Miami, Florida; and Baltimore, Maryland. Johnson wrote for a San Antonio newspaper, The Light, for many years before relocating with his family to Washington, D.C., to work for the International Correspondence Schools.

Biographical / Historical

Mary Urquhart Johnson, born Mary Thomas Urquhart, married Robert M. Johnson in 1888 and raised their two daughters as a housewife.

Biographical / Historical

Margaret M. Johnson, daughter of Mary and Robert, worked at the War Department in the 1920s before marrying Byron H. Carpenter in 1928.

Biographical / Historical

Esther H. Johnson, daughter of Mary and Robert, worked at the War Department in the 1920s and continued working for the U.S. Government into the 1930s as a clerk.


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Robert M. Johnson Family Correspondence
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Notre Dame Rare Books & Special Collections Repository

102 Hesburgh Library
Notre Dame IN 46556