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William Samuel Johnson papers, 1834-1868

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#0681
Bib ID 4078959 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Johnson, William Samuel, 1795-1883
Title William Samuel Johnson papers, 1834-1868
Physical Description 1 box (estimate of 250 items)
Language(s) English .

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Papers dealing with Johnson's public life in New York City and in the New York State Senate. While Assistant Alderman, Johnson received numerous letters of application from citizens seeking patronage for a variety of municipal offices, ranging from requests to be a night watchman to a position as a municipal court justice. Also, letters, reports, and other documents relating to various municipal services such as health, welfare, fire fighting, street maintenance, water, sewers, railroads, ferries, and stage coaches. Some letters and documents concern Whig Party politics in the 3rd Ward. Johnson's correspondence as a New York Society Library Trustee refers to the proposed merger with the New York Athenaeum. Also, twelve items relating to his term in the State Senate, covering taxation and control of foreign laborers.

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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); William Samuel Johnson papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.


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Ownership and Custodial History

Gift of Mrs Robert D. Nuir in memory of Jarvis McAlpine Johnson, 1986.

Gift of the Carmalt estate.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number--M-59.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Cataloged Christina Hilton Fenn 07/--/1989.

Revision Description

November 2020 PDF replaced with full finding aid, YH

Subject Headings

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"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
Addresses Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Annual reports Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Applications Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Bylaws (administrative records) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Contracts Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Indentures Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Licenses Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lists (document genres) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Maps (documents) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Mortgages Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Petitions Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Posters Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Reports Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Resolutions (administrative records) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
minutes (administrative records) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID


Heading "CUL Archives:"
"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
Edwards, Charles, 1797-1868 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Edwards, Ogden, 1781-1862 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Ferries -- New York (State) -- New York Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Fire extinction -- New York (State) -- New York Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Foreign workers Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Hart, James H., 1825-1906 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Haviland, John, 1792-1852 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Hoffman, Ogden, 1793-1856 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Inglis, William, 1804?-1863 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Johnson, Laura Woolsey, 1800-1880 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Johnson, Susan Edwards, 1771-1856 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lafever, Minard Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Laight, Edward William, 1773-1852 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Libraries -- New York (State) -- New York Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lord, Daniel, 1795-1868 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lynch, James, 1781-1853 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Meriam, E. (Ebenezer), 1794-1864 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
New York (N.Y.). Board of Health Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
New York (N.Y.). Metropolitan Fire Department Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
New York (State). Legislature. Senate Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
New York Society Library Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
New-York Athenæum Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Parker, John Mason, 1805-1873 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Politicans Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Public utilities -- New York (State) -- New York Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Public welfare -- New York (State) -- New York Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Railroads -- New York (State) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Ruggles, Samuel B (Samuel Bulkley), 1800-1881 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Smith, John Augustine, 1782-1865 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Streets -- New York (State) -- New York Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Tallmadge, James, 1778-1853 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Taxation -- New York (State) -- New York Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Transportation -- New York (State) -- New York Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Verplanck, Gulian C (Gulian Crommelin), 1786-1870 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Whig Party (N.Y.) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Whitney, Eli, 1787-1850 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Woolsey, Theodore Dwight, 1801-1889 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Woolsey, William Walton, 1766-1839 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

William Samuel Johnson was a grandson of Columbia College President William Samuel Johnson (1727-1819); Assistant Alderman, 35d Ward, 1834-1835, Trustee of the New York Society Library, 1837-1840; and a member of the New York State Senate, 1848-1849.

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William Samuel Johnson papers, 1834-1868

Box 1 Haviland, John

Re: architecture of Alms House for Blackwell's Island and the House of Detention: see autograph letter and manuscript/document catalogs

Box 1 Board of Health, 1834-1835

Box 1 Ferries, 1834

Box 1 Fire Department, 1834-1836

3rd Ward Hose Company; Departmental reorganization

Box 1 Licenses, 1834

Applications for liquor and other business licenses

Box 1 New York Society Library, 1837-1838

Re: proposed union with New York Athenaeum

Box 1 Patronage (9 folders), undated, 1834-1835; 1837

Box 1 Railroads, 1834

Broad Street R.R.; Erie R.R.; Williams Street R.R.

Box 1 Sewers, 1834

Box 1 Stage coaches, 1834

Box 1 State Senate, 1848-1849

Box 1 Street Committee, 1834-1835

Box 1 Water, circa 1834-1835

Box 1 Welfare, 1834-1835

Box 1 Welfare (Alms house on Blackwell's, i.e., Welfare Island), 1835-1836

Box 1 Whig Party (3rd Ward), 1834; 1836; 1838

Box 1 Miscellaneous topics, 1834-1835

Box 1 Bothell, Larry Lee. Cloak and Gown: A Study of Religion and Learning In the Early Career of Samuel Johnson of Connecticut, Unpublished thesis (Ph.D.) Princeton University, 1966

Microfilm copy (F4933) in Microform Reading Room