A Guide to the Andrew Percy and Barbara Gordon Johnson Papers, 1905-1967, 1986
Andrew Percy Johnson (1885-1945) was born in Zona, Louisiana, but moved to Texas for his health around 1905. He was admitted to the bar in 1912 and worked as a general practice and real estate attorney in Asherton and Carrizo Springs, Texas, before serving in the Texas Legislature from 1927 to 1934. While a state representative he became involved with the National Democratic Convention of 1928. Though it is unclear when or under what circumstances he met Barbara Gordan (b. 1890), the two had a long-distance courtship (he in Texas and she in Louisiana) that culminated in their marriage in 1911.
Source: Fifield, James Clark. The American Bar, Volume 1. J. C. Fifield Co., 1918.
The Andrew Percy and Barbara Gordon Johnson Papers, 1905-1967, 1986, contain correspondence, printed and photographic postcards, a spiral-bound book of transcripts, financial documents, notebooks, tributes, literary productions, photographs, clippings, maps, certificates, and printed material. The bulk of the collection consists of love letters between Andrew Percy Johnson and Barbara Gordon during their courtship and up to their marriage in 1911. These letters appear in both original form and as transcripts in a bound book entitled "In My Mother’s Trunk." The correspondence includes letters written after their marriage as well as a few from friends and family members. One letter contains a description of Uvalde, Texas, in 1909. Additionally, the papers relate to Andrew Percy Johnson’s election to and tenure with the Texas Legislature, including the Democratic National Convention of 1928, and contain Johnson’s political speeches, memorials, and correspondence.
The collection is open for research.
Andrew Percy and Barbara Gordon Johnson Papers, 1905-1967, 1986, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
Portions of this collection were processed by Holly King, August 1988. Portions of this collection are unprocessed. Contact repository for more information.
Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light project, 2009-2011.
Detailed Description of the Papers