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Overton Johnson papers

 Collection — Folder: S736
Identifier: S0736

Scope and Contents

This collection includes photostats of autographed, signed official documents and letters from the Society of Friends in Ohio on 1820/12/06; Anne O'Neall in Crawfordsville, Indiana on February 15, 1842; and from John McCullough in Concord, Indiana ranging from 1848/03/01 to 1848/05/23 regarding marriage, friendship poetry and everyday life.


  • 1820-1848

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

Overton Johnson was born to James B. and Rhoda Oneall Johnson, who were married December 6, 1820 in Ohio, birth year unknown. His parents moved to the Crawfordsville, Indiana in 1834 and he was enrolled in the Wabash College preparatory program for 1834-1836. In 1836 they moved to Tippecanoe County, Indiana. He attended Wabash College in 1838-1840 and re-enrolled in 1845. His family moved to Concord, Indiana where his father was postmaster. He traveled west and co-authored Route across the Rocky Mountains in 1846 with William H. Winter, a classmate. He is said to have taught school in Dayton, Indiana during 1847-1848. He died February 15, 1849 in Indiana.

"Johnson, Overton". (1949) In Indiana Authors and their books, 1816-1916: biographical sketches of authors who published during the first century of Indiana statehood, with lists of their books. (pp. 168-9). Crawfordsville, IN: Wabash College. Print. ISLI 16.810 B291I


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation on 1932/02/05.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2015/02/18 by Edythe Huffman. EAD finding aid created 2015/02/18 by Edythe Huffman.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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