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Robert Underwood Johnson papers, 1848-1937

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#0678
Bib ID 4078958 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Johnson, Robert Underwood, 1853-1937 ; Johnson, Katharine McMahon ; Ward, Mary Augusta Arnold, 1851-1920
Title Robert Underwood Johnson papers, 1848-1937
Physical Description 6.3 linear feet (15 document boxes)
Language(s) English .

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Correspondence of Johnson with literary and other prominent people in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. There are letters from Annie Fields, John Burroughs, Witter Bynner, Mary Mapes Dodge, Edmund Gosse, Helen Hunt Jackson, Rudyard Kipling, Emma Lazarus, S.W. Mitchell, John Muir, Joseph Pennell, James Whitcomb Riley, Tommaso Salvini, Carlo Sforza, and William Watson. The correspondence deals with the business affairs of the CENTURY MAGAZINE (earlier SCRIBNER'S MAGAZINE), the American Copyright League, the American Embassy in Rome, and Johnson's interest in conservation. There are 600 letters between Johnson and his wife, Katherine McMahon John, which are not only personal but also concern literary and business matters. Among the manuscripts are poetry and prose of Robert Underwood Johnson and Katherine Johnson, poetry of Sir William Watson, Mary Mapes Dodge and John Muir, and sets of corrected proof of Mrs. Humphry Ward's (Mary Augusta Ward) SIR GEORGE TRESSADY. Also, one box of miscellaneous correspondence, American Copyright League materials, photographs, and printed memorabilia.

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Restrictions on Access

This collection is located on-site.

This collection has no restrictions.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Robert Underwood Johnson papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Related Materials - at Columbia University

Correspondence between Nikola Tesla and the Johnsons can be found in the Nikola Tesla Papers, Rare Book & Manuscript Library.


Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. Contact rbml@columbia.edu for more information.

Existence and Location of Copies

Royal Cortissoz correspondence is also available on microfilm. See MN# 11922 and 11923. This microfilm includes Cortissoz correspondence from other collections.

Josephine Shaw Lowell correspondence is also available on microfilm. See MN# 11355. This microfilm includes Lowell correspondence from other collections.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source of acquisition--Arbuckle, Anne Holden. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--1968. Accession number--M-68.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Cataloged Christina Hilton Fenn 07/--/89.

Revision Description

2021-05-18 EAD document created by CCR.

Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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Heading "CUL Archives:"
"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
Ambassadors Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
American Copyright League Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
American literature -- 19th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
American literature -- 20th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
American literature -- Periodicals Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Authors, American Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Burroughs, John, 1837-1921 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Bynner, Witter, 1881-1968 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Conservation of natural resources Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Copyright -- Societies, etc Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Diplomatic and consular service, American -- Italy -- Rome Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Diplomats Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Dodge, Mary Mapes, 1830-1905 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Editors Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Gosse, Edmund, 1849-1928 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Jackson, Helen Hunt, 1830-1885 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Kipling, Rudyard, 1865-1936 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lazarus, Emma, 1849-1887 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Literature publishing -- United States Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Mitchell, S. Weir (Silas Weir), 1829-1914 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Muir, John, 1838-1914 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Pennell, Joseph, 1857-1926 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Riley, James Whitcomb, 1849-1916 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Salvini, Tommaso, 1829-1915 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Sforza, Carlo, conte, 1872-1952 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
United States -- Foreign relations -- Italy Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Watson, William, 1858-1925 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

Editor of the CENTURY MAGAZINE and American Ambassador to Italy, 1920-1921.