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Johnson-Bushnell family papers

Identifier: Coll 171

Scope and Contents note

The Johnson-Bushnell Family Papers contain genealogical information, correspondence, reminiscences, documents, and memorabilia. Correspondence of the Johnson family appears first, followed by that of the Woods family.

The Johnson-Bushnell family correspondence is arranged first by individual, then chronologically, the earliest date being 1852, the latest 1885. A biography of Esther Ann Johnson Koontz (author unknown) and the reminiscences of Julia Lee Johnson Snyder Ramsey appear later in the collection.

Tribe correspondence of Clarissa Johnson Woods and her husband, Isaac, is also arranged first by individual, then chronologically, the earliest date being 1846, the latest, 1855. Recommendations and evaluations of Isaac F. Woods, dated 1839 to 1842, appear in the documents series.

A photograph of Julia Bushnell Herrick Johnson, Julia Lee Johnson Snyder Ramsey, and Isabell Johnson Martin, along with four photos of Kenyon College are inluded in the Photographs series.


  • 1846-1885, 1974

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open to the public. Collection must be used in Special Collections and University Archives Reading Room. Collection or parts of collection may be stored offsite. Please contact Special Collections and University Archives in advance of your visit to allow for transportation time.

Conditions Governing Use note

Property rights reside with Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections and University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Biographical/Historical note

The Johnson-Bushnell collection is comprised of the papers of two families, joined by the marriage of Horatio Van Veighton Johnson to Mary J. Bushnell in 1850. H. V. V. Johnson (1825-1901), a physician from Indiana, moved his family west after a typhoid epidemic struck that state. They settled in McMinnville, Oregon, later moving to Portland. Johnson is a direct line descendent of Rev. Robert Johnson of England who settled in New Haven in 1636.

Also represented are Clarissa F. Johnson Woods (sister of Horatio) and her husband, Isaac F. Woods (married 1851), and his family. Isaac F. Woods, a teacher originally from Massachusetts, also moved west, settling with his family in Stockton, California in 1852.

In addition, other people who appear in the collection are: Gurdon Collins Johnson, father of Horatio; Esther Ann Johnson Koontz, sister; Julia and Isabella Johnson, daughters; and Julia Bushnell Herreck, sister of Mary J. Bushnell Johnson and second wife of Horatio. Letters also appear from Samuel T. Woods, father of Isaac.


1.5 linear feet (3 containers)

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Contains genealogical information, correspondence of various family members, reminiscences, documents, and other memorabilia of the Johnson-Bushnell family of McMinnville, Oregon.

Arrangement note

Collection is organized into the following series: Series I: Correspondence; Series II: Reminiscences; Series III: Documents; Series IV: Photographs.

General Physical Description note

3 containers

Processing Information note

Collection processed by Mary Anteaux and Megan Dazey.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

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Finding aid written in English.
Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Part of the University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives Repository

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1299 USA