Bertha F. Johnson papers
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
- Johnson, Bertha (Person)
Language of Materials
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.
0.229 linear feet (1 container)
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.
Finding aid revised by Carrie Baldwin (intern), 2008.
- African Americans
- Allen, Elvira Lightner Hull, 1837-1913
- Antislavery movements
- Battle Creek Sanitarium
- Johnson, Bertha
- Lightner, Daniel Dinkle, 1810-1888
- Lightner, Polly Seward, d. 1884
- Slavery -- United States -- 19th century
- Women in medicine
- Women physicians
- Bertha F. Johnson papers
- Finding Aid
- Finding aid prepared by Carrie Baldwin, Fraenkel Intern.
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- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
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