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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Inventory

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Andrew Percy and Barbara Gordon Johnson Papers, 1905-1967, 1986



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Johnson, Andrew Percy
Creator: Johnson, Barbara Gordon
Title: Johnson (Andrew Percy and Barbara Gordon) Papers
Dates: 1905-1967, 1986
Abstract: The Andrew Percy and Barbara Gordon Johnson Papers 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.
Accession No.: 88-166; 90-314
Extent: 3 ft., 4 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Sketch

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.

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Scope and Contents

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.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Johnson, Andrew Percy--Archives.
Johnson, Barbara Gordon--Archives.
Subjects (Organizations)
Texas. Legislature. House of Representatives
Subjects
Democratic National Convention (1928 : Houston, Tex.)
Courtship--1900-1910
Lawyers--Texas
Places
Carrizo Springs (Tex.)
Uvalde (Tex.)
Arcola (La.)

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Andrew Percy and Barbara Gordon Johnson Papers, 1905-1967, 1986, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

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.

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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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3J323 "In My Mother's Trunk," transcriptions of letters, 1986
Correspondence:
Feb. 1909 - Sept. 1909
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3J324 Oct. 1909 - May 1910
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3J325 June 1910 - Sept. 1910
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3J326 Oct. 1910 - Feb. 1911
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3J327 Mar. 1911 - Aug. 1911
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3J328 Sept. 1911 - Sept. 1917
Postcards
Memorabilia
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3Y98 Photographs
Postcards
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2.325/A182-183 Unprocessed papers, 1905-1967
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2.325/V63 Unprocessed papers, 1905-1967

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