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William R. Johnson papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: S0739

Scope and Contents

This collection includes photocopies of autographed, signed letters and a diary from William R. Johnson in the United States and the Phillipines ranging from 1898 to 1902 regarding war and family matters.


  • 1898-1902


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

William Roscoe Johnson was born in Indiana on December 5, 1880 to Gideon and Eliza E. Duke Johnson, and he had seven brothers and sisters. He married Elizabeth Estelle Sellers, and they had two children. He served as a private in Company E, 158th Indiana Volunteer Infantry from April 26, 1898 to November 4, 1898 in the Spanish American War and as a QM Sergeant in Company K, 22nd, United States Infantry, from December 5, 1989 to December 4, 1901 in the Phillipines Insurrection and Boxer Rebellion. He later worked in a bank and became a bank president. He died March 18, 1952 and is buried in the Greenlawn Cemetery in Franklin, Indiana.

Information found within the collection.

"Johnson, Daisy". 1900 United States Federal Census. Retrieved 2015/03/02.

"Johnson, Gideon". 188 0 United States Federal Census. Retrieved 2015/03/02.

"Johnson, William R.". 1930 United States Federal Census. Retrieved 2015/03/02.

"Johnson, William R.". Find a Grave Memorial. Retrieved 2015/03/02.

"Johnson, Wm R.". 1940 United States Federal Census. Retrieved 2015/03/02.

"Johnson, William Roscoe". U.S., Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970. Retrieved 2015/03/02.


0.03 Cubic Feet (2 folders)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged by subject.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Mrs. William Johnson on 1967/07/13 and 1967/11/21.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2015/03/02 by Edythe Huffman. EAD finding aid created 2015/03/02 by Edythe Huffman.
William R. Johnson papers
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.