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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

OCLC Number

Description of Series

Inventory

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

Robert Underwood Johnson Papers, 1898-1963



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Johnson, Robert Underwood, 1853-1937
Title: Robert Underwood Johnson papers
Dates: 1898-1963
Abstract: Consisting primarily of correspondence, the Robert Underwood Johnson Papers, 1898-1963, document his connections with notable literary and political figures.
Identification: urn:taro:utexas.cah.03123
Extent: 8.5 inches
Language: English , French , Italian , Polish .
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Born in Washington, D.C. on January 12, 1853, poet, editor, and diplomat, Robert Underwood Johnson spent his childhood in Indiana, where his father served as a judge. He graduated from Earlham College in 1871, and then joined the staff of The Century Magazine, becoming associate editor in 1881, a position he occupied until 1913. A prolific poet, Johnson wrote several volumes including The Winter Hour, and Other Poems (1891) and Poems, first published in 1902 with several subsequent editions. He also served as the permanent secretary of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Additionally, Johnson dedicated himself to the conservation of America's natural resources. With John Muir, he began the movement that created Yosemite National Park as well as applying pressure to President Roosevelt, which resulted in White House conferences on conservation.

Johnson's interests included Italian art and culture. He served as president of the New York Committee of the Italian War Relief Fund of America and the "American Poets Ambulances in Italy" which provided the Italian army with 112 ambulances. From April 1920 to July 1921, Johnson was the U. S. Ambassador to Italy while also representing the United States as observer at the San Remo Conference and the Supreme Council of the League.

After returning to the United States, Johnson focused on publishing poetry and his memoirs, Remembered Yesterdays, until his death in 1937.

Source:

Robert Underwood Johnson Collection." University of Delaware Library, Special Collections Department. Accessed December 5, 2011.

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Scope and Contents

Consisting primarily of correspondence, the Robert Underwood Johnson Papers, 1898-1963, document his connections with notable literary and political figures. Notable individuals include Helen Keller; Rudyard Kipling; Orville Wright; Andrew Carnegie; World War I generals Joseph Joffre, Ferdinand Foch, and John J. Pershing; Henry Cabot Lodge; Herbert Hoover; and Edith Bolling Wilson. Letters concern both personal and professional issues, such as accepting an award from the Italian government, fundraising for various organizations, and congratulatory notes.

A collection of materials from three alphabetized office file boxes, 1898-1937, includes materials from Johnson's service as U.S. Ambassador to Italy, as well as correspondence with literary and political figures. This collection includes both letters received by Johnson and carbon copies of outgoing letters. Noted items include a 1918 concert program for the blinded soldiers of Italy, held at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City; official correspondence with Franklin Delano Roosevelt as well as U.S. and foreign diplomatic officials; and a 1928 patent by Nicola Tesla for an "apparatus for aerial transportation."

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Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

There are no use restrictions on this collection. Publisher is responsible for complying with copyright law.

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Index Terms

Personal Names
Carnegie, Andrew, 1835-1919.
Foch, Ferdinand, 1851-1929
Hoover, Herbert, 1874-1964
Joffre, Joseph Jacques Céssaire, 1852-1931
Johnson, Robert Underwood, 1853-1937
Keller, Helen, 1880-1968.
Kipling, Rudyard, 1865-1936
Lodge, Henry Cabot, Jr., 1902-1985
Pershing, John J. (John Joseph), 1860-1948
Tesla, Nikola, 1856-1943.
Wilson, Edith Bolling Galt, 1872-1961
Wright, Orville, 1871-1948.
Subjects
Letters
Places
Italy

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Robert Underwood Johnson Papers, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Accession Number(s)

2011-370; 2016-080

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Ryder Kouba, December 2011.

AR 2016-080 added by Colleen Hobbs, March 2016.

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OCLC Number

768773677

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Inventory

box
3D126 [SRH1230015514] Correspondence
Butler, Nicholas Murray, October 21, 1926
Butler, Nicholas Murray, October 23, 1924
Borah, William, October 22, 1913
Carnegie, Andrew, April 23, 1913
Foch, Ferdinand, illegible date
Davis, John W., November 6, 1924
Glasgow, Ellen, January 11, 1932
Hughes, Charles Evan, August 11, 1921
Hoover, Herbert, December 27, 1920
Hoover, Herbert, June 19, 1928
Joffre, Joseph, September 15, 1924
Kellogg, Frank B., June 16, 1928
Kellogg, Frank B., March 10, 1925
Empty envelope from Secretary of Commerce office, June 20, 1928
Garland, Hamlin, February 28, 1925
Pershing, John J., November 17, 1924
Masefield, John, undated
Channing, Edward, January 5, 1925
Root, Elihu, Jr., November 1, 1924
Glasgow, Ellen, postcard from Richmond, undated
Hughes, Charles Evans, May 22, 1925
Lodge, Henry Cabot, May 31, 1921
Hoover, Herbert, June 17, 1963
American Foundation for the Blind pamphlet, undated
Keller, Helen, March 22, 1968
Wilson, Edith Bolling, December 18, 1924
Wright, Orville, June 5, 1931
Howells, William Dean, May 5, 1906
Smith, Alfred E., May 2, 1927
Root, Elihu Jr., February 21, 1925
box
2F510 [SRH1230007558] Alphabetized filing box #1, folder 1 of 2
Correspondence, clippings, and misc., 1908-1937, undated
Alphabetized filing box #1, folder 2 of 2
Correspondence, clippings, and misc., 1908-1937, undated
Alphabetized filing box #2
Correspondence, clippings, and misc., 1908-1931, undated
Alphabetized filing box #3, folder 1 of 3
Correspondence, clippings, and misc., 1898-1937, undated
Alphabetized filing box #3, folder 2 of 3
Correspondence, clippings, and misc., 1898-1937, undated
Alphabetized filing box #3, folder 3 of 3
Correspondence, clippings, and misc., 1898-1937, undated

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