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Bertha F. Johnson papers

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00084

Scope and Contents

Papers include reminiscences by Johnson's grandmother, Elvira Lightner Allen, of slavery and the abolition movement. One relates the experience of her father, Daniel Lightner, who witnessed the cruelty of slavery as a boy; another describes memories of her parent's Underground Railway station in Indiana. In addition, there is a description of Dr. John H. Kelloggs's Battle Creek Sanitarium written by a patient to Johnson's husband in 1900. Correspondence to Sophia Smith Collection Director Margaret Grierson from Dr. Bertha Johnson (circa 1949-57) include her own reminiscences of her professional life and acquaintances including Emma Goldman and Helen Tufts Bailie.

Dates of Materials

  • 1879-1957

Creator

Language of Materials

English

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright ownership for the Bertha F. Johnson Papers is unknown. For reproductions of materials that are governed by fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. Researchers are responsible for determining who may hold materials' copyrights and obtaining approval from them. Researchers do not need anything further from Smith College Special Collections to move forward with their use.

Biographical / Historical

Bertha F. Johnson graduated from medical school in 1905. She was married to a farmer and had no children. Her great-grandparents, Daniel Lightner and Polly Seward were abolitionists in Indiana. No other biographical information is available.

Extent

0.229 linear feet (1 container)

Abstract

Physician. Papers include reminiscences by Johnson's grandmother, Elvira Lightner Allen, of slavery and the abolition movement; a description of Dr. John H. Kelloggs's Battle Creek Sanitarium by a patient in 1900; and reminiscences of her professional life and acquaintences including Emma Goldman and Helen Tufts Bailie.

Processing Information

Finding aid revised by Carrie Baldwin (intern), 2008.

Title
Bertha F. Johnson papers
Subtitle
Finding Aid
Author
Finding aid prepared by Carrie Baldwin, Fraenkel Intern.
Date
2008
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Revision Statements

  • 07/26/2017: This resource was modified by the ArchivesSpace Preprocessor developed by the Harvard Library (https://github.com/harvard-library/archivesspace-preprocessor)
  • 2017-07-26T17:48:14-04:00: This record was migrated from InMagic DB Textworks to ArchivesSpace.

Repository Details

Part of the Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History Repository

Contact:
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