Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

William Whipple Johnson:

An Inventory of His Papers, 1855-1946 and undated, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library



Descriptive Summary

Creator Johnson, William Whipple, 1843-1914
Title: William Whipple Johnson Papers,
Dates: 1855-1946 and undated
Abstract: The papers of William Whipple Johnson, who was active in mining, lumber, banking, and oil and gas interests in Thurber, Texas until his death in 1914.
Collection # S 496.1
Quantity: 7 boxes and 19 ledgers (11.0 linear feet)
Language English.
Repository: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

William Whipple Johnson, born in Ionia, Michigan, in 1853, was a mine owner and entrepreneur. He moved to Texas with his brother, Harvey Johnson, and settled near Strawn, Texas, where they supplied lumber to the Texas and Pacific Railroad. During the 1880s, the Johnsons established the Johnson Coal Mining Company, which was sold to the Texas and Pacific Coal Company in 1888. Johnson remained active in mining, lumber, banking, and oil and gas interests until his death in 1914.


Scope and Contents

The collection consists of correspondence, financial materials, legal materials, literary productions, printed materials, photographs, diagrams and fragments. A large portion of the collection is correspondence and financial materials regarding Johnson's business interests. Also includes information on his activities in Strawn, Texas, and his earlier businesses in Ionia, Michigan. Most of the collection is also available on microfilm.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Open for research


Index Terms

The subject headings used by the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library are derived from the Library of Congress and/or locally developed.
Subjects (Persons)
Johnson, William Whipple, 1843-1914
Johnson, Harvey E.
Johnson, Anna Fatzinger, d. 1922
Subjects (Organizations)
Johnson Coal Mining Company (Tex.)
American Coal Mining Company
San Antonio, Llano, and Northern Railroad
Texas and Pacific Coal Company
Places
Ionia (Mich.)--History
Palo Pinto County (Tex.)--History
Strawn (Tex.)--History
Subjects
Banks and banking--Michigan--History
Coal mines and mining--Texas--History
General stores--Michigan--History
Lumber trade--Texas--History

Related Material

For related materials located in the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, see the following collections:

  • William Whipple Johnson Photographs, 1905-1915
  • Robert W. Spoede Papers, 1800-1968
  • Robert W. Spoede Photographs, 1905-1915

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

William Whipple Johnson Papers, 1855-1946 and undated, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

Gifts, 1967-1968

Processed by

Abel Ramirez, 2000


Additional Sources

Spoede, Robert W. William Whipple Johnson: an Enterprising Man. Thesis (Ph. D.)-- Hardin-Simmons, 1968


Collection Inventory

 
box
1 Correspondence, 1870-1897
1 Letters Received, 1870-1878
2 Letters Received, 1879-1881
3 Letters Received, 1882-1883
4 Letters Received, 1884-1885
5 Letters Received, 1886-1887
6 Letters Received, 1887
7 Letters Received, 1887-1888
8 Letters Received, 1888
9 Letters Received, 1889
10 Letters Received, 1889-1890
11 Letters Received, 1891-1892
12 Letters Received, 1892-1894
13 Letters Received, 1894-1895
14 Letters Received, 1895-1896
15 Letters Received, 1897



 
box
2 Correspondence, 1898-1904 and undated
1 Letters Received, 1898
2 Letters Received, 1899
3 Letters Received, 1900
4 Letters Received, 1900
5 Letters Received, 1900
6 Letters Received, 1901
7 Letters Received, 1901
8 Letters Received, 1901-1902
9 Letters Received, 1902
10 Letters Received, June-August 1902
11 Letters Received, September 1902-January 1903
12 Letters Received, February 1903-January 1904
13 Letters Received, undated



 
box
3 Correspondence, 1888-1894
1 Letters Sent, 1888-1897
2 Letters Sent, 1890-1894



 
box
3 Legal Documents, 1855-1896
3 1855-1875
4 1876-1880
5 1880-1883
6 1883-1885
7 1886-1887
8 1888
9 1888
10 1889-1890
11 1891-1893
12 1894-1896



 
box
4 Legal Documents, 1897-1908 and undated
1 1897-1899
2 1900-1908 and undated



 
box
4 Printed Material, 1894-1928 and undated
3 1894-1904 and undated
4 1887-1902 and undated
5 1897-1902 and undated
6 1894-1902 and undated
7 1884-1928 and undated



 
box
4 Diagrams
8 undated



 
box
4 Fragments
9 1884-1889 and undated



 
box
4 Papers
10 1888-1946 and undated



 
box
4 Financial Documents, 1859-1883
11 1859-1868
12 1870-1876
13 1877-1879
14 1880
15 1881
16 1882
17 1883



 
box
5 Financial Documents, 1884-1903 and undated
1 1884
2 1885
3 1886
4 1887
5 1888
6 1889
7 1890
8 1891
9 1892
10 1893
11 1894-1895
12 1896-1897
13 1898-1899
14 1900-1901
15 1902-1903
16 undated
17 undated, notebooks



 
box
6 Financial Documents, Ledgers 1876-1901
Assorted Business Activities
1 Address Book, 1884-1885 and undated
2 Papers, 1876-1877
3 Notebooks, Quantity 6, c.1882
4 Ledger of Accounts Payable/Receivable, 1888-1892
5 Ledger of Accounts Payable/Receivable, 1890
6 By-Tours and Day Book, 1887-1898
7 Expenses Ledger, 1889-1892
8 Expenses Ledger, 1895-1901



 
box
7 Financial Documents, Ledgers, 1887-1890
W. W. Johnson coal Mining Company
1 Notes and Bills Payable, 1887-1888
2 Coal Book 1888
3 Notes and Bills, 1887-1890



 
oversize
Oversized, Financial Documents, Ledgers,
Assorted Business Activities
Expenses Ledger, 1888
Expenses Ledger, 1892-1896
Expenses Ledger, 1893-1896
Expenses Ledger, 1893-1896
Expenses Ledger, 1891-1896
American National Bank
Register of Drafts, 1893-1894
The Stock Traders Bank
Checkbook, 1895-1901
W.W. Johnson Coal Mining Company
Checkbook, June-October 1888