Guide to the Lon Johnson Papers 1912-1967
Cage 195

Summary Information

Repository
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Creator
Johnson, William Lon
Title
Lon Johnson Papers
ID
Cage 195
Date [inclusive]
1912-1967
Extent
232.0 containers.
General Physical Description note
98 linear feet of shelf space. 71, 300 items.
Language
English
Abstract
Correspondence, business records, professional papers, working papers, legal instruments, clippings and miscellany, relating to personal affairs, Johnson's political career and public service, his law practice, the Superior Court of Stevens County, the Consolidated Mining and Smelting of Trail, British Columbia, the Dominion Silver-Lead Mining Company, and the International Joint Commission (of Canada and the United States).

Preferred Citation note

[Item Description]. Cage 195, Lon Johnson Papers. Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

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Biographical/Historical note

1882 Born, Spokane, Missouri
1903 Schoolteacher, Stevens County, Washington
1904 Student, Eastern Washington State College, Cheney
1907 Deputy Assessor, Stevens County
1908 Clerk of Stevens County
Law student
Married Iva Clara Dickey
1912 Admitted to the Washington State Bar
1913-1939 Attorney, Colville, Washington
1920-1924 Senator, Washington State Legislature
1925 Lieutenant Governor of Washington
1939 Judge of the Stevens County Superior Court
1958 Semi-retirement
Important General Retainers
1915 Dominion Silver-Lead Mining Company
1920 Northwest Magnisite Company
1922 Northport Smelting and Refining Company
1926 Consolidated Mining and Smelting Company, Ltd. (Contains the litigation brought before the International Joint Commission that extended over a period of eleven years.)

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Scope and Contents note

The papers in this collection are those accruing from more than fifty years of private, public, and professional services, consisting of:

  • Correspondence, working papers, newspaper clippings, and miscellany related to Mr. Johnson's public service and political career, arranged alphabetically and by subject;
  • Personal and office correspondence interfiled with business records, arranged alphabetically by year;
  • Professional papers, materials, and legal instruments used in litigation and other services composing the practice of law, - claims, estate probate, wills, guardianships, counsel, and miscellaneous matters interfiled and arranged in a single alphabet; and,
  • Correspondence and official and legal papers from the Bench of the Superior Court of Stevens County.

The correspondence contains letters to and from Herbert Hoover, Miles Poindexter, Wesley Livsey Jones, Stephen Beasley Linnard Penrose, Clarence Daniel Martin, Roland Hill Hartley, J. Edgar Hoover, Ernest O. Holland, Fred Thomas Dubois; to and from a long list of national and state politicians and persons of regional importance.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries © 1966

http://www.wsulibs.wsu.edu/masc
Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610
509-335-6691
mascref@wsu.edu

Conditions Governing Access note

This collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use note

The literary rights in the unpublished writings of Mr. Johnson in these papers have been dedicated to the public, except that these rights are reserved to Mr Johnson's daughters Mrs. Doris Johnson Edwards and Mrs. Evelyn Johnson Hawes during their lifetimes.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

The papers of William Lon Johnson, Attorney, Senator, Lieutenant Governor, and Superior Court Judge, were given to the Washington State University Library over the period 1963-1966 by Mr. Johnson. A further set of papers was donated after Mr. Johnson's death in 1967, and was added as an extension at the end of this collection.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Consolidated Mining and Smelting Company of Canada Ltd.
  • Dominion Silver-Lead Mining Company
  • International Joint Commission
  • Washington (State). Superior Court (Stevens County)

Geographic Name(s)

  • Washington (State)--Politics and government

Occupation(s)

  • Legislators -- Washington (State)--Archives
  • Legislators -- Washington (State)--Correspondence

Personal Name(s)

  • Johnson, W. Lon, 1882-1967 --Archives

Subject(s)

  • Government and Politics
  • Irrigation
  • Mines and Mineral Resources
  • Washington (State)

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Collection Inventory

Series 1: Political and Public Service 

Box

Autobiography (1963), portraits, certificates, and miscellany. 

1

Senate campaigns 1918 1921 

2

Lieutenant Governor campaign: Correspondence and miscellany 1924 

Box

A-J 

3

K-Z 

4

Lieutenant Governor 1925-1928 

Correspondence 

Box

A-F 

5

G-K 

6

L-O 

7

P-Z 

8
Box

Senate business, Committees 

9

Salary and expenditures 

10

Scrapbooks (microfilm), newspaper clippings, speeches, rosters, roll-calls, and miscellany 

11-12
Box

Republican Party business and affairs Political campaigns 1927-1936 

13

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Series 2: Correspondence and Business Records 

Box

 1912-1914 

14

 1915-1916 

15

 1919 

Box

A-G 

16

H-M 

17

N-Z 

18

 1920 

Box

A-L 

19

M-Z 

20
Box

American Legion and Veteran's Affairs 1920-1922 

21

 1921 

22

Columbia Basin Project (gravity plan) 1921-1928 

23

 1922 

24

 1923 

25

 1924 

26

 1925 

27

 1926-1928 

Box

A-C 

28

D-Q 

29

R-Z 

30

 1929 

Box

A-F 

31

G-Z 

32
Box

Farm and city residence 1929-1939 

33

 1930 

Box

A-F 

34

G-Z 

35

 1931 

Box

A-H 

36

I-Z 

37

 1932 

Box

A-I 

38

K-Z 

39
Box

 1933 

40

 1934 

41

 1935 

Box

A-S 

42

T-Z 

43

 1936 

Box

A-L 

44

M-Z 

45
Box

 1937 

46

 1938 

47

 1939 

48

 1958 

49

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Series 3: Professional File 

Box

Abbey - Alderson 

50

Allen - Anderson 

51

Andrews - Auto 

52

Bahm - Bartol 

53

Barton - Bevins 

54

Bisbee - Bosworth 

55

Bouch - Bozarth 

56

Bradley - Brogan 

57

Brown - Bunker 

58

Burcham - Butler 

59

Cagle - Campbell 

60

Cannon - Cartwright 

61

Case - Charlton 

62

Chelan - Coffin 

63

Cole - Columbia 

64

Colville - Consolidated District 

65

Consolidated Mining and Smelting Company, Ltd. 

Box

Correspondence 

66-68

Litigation 

69-82

Reports 

83-86

Appraisals 

87-89
Box

Corbett - Crowe 

90

Cuff - Curry 

91

Dailey - Delaney 

92

Delva - Dingle 

93

Dominion Silver-Lead Mining Company 

94-95

Domitrovich - Draper 

96

Dronkers - Dyes 

97

Earhart - Ehorn 

98

Eldred - Elsaesser 

99

Empey - Exley 

100

Fager - Feulner 

101

First - Fortune 

102

Foster - Fuhr 

103

Gagnon - Gillingham 

104

Gilmore - Gleason 

105

Gookey - Gottbeheut 

106

Graham - Gwinnup 

107

Haas - Hansen 

108

Harbour - Harvey 

109

Hatcher - Hauver 

110

Hayden - Hays 

111

Heide - Holbrook 

112

Holford - Hubert 

113

Huffman - Hyytiainen 

114

Ickes - Ireland 

115

Jackson - Janneck 

116

Janni - Jett 

117

Johnson 

118

Jones - Juvet 

119

Karasek - King 

120

Kirk - Klement 

121

Knapp - Kruchman 

122

Laface - Lawson 

123

Leader - Littleton 

124

Lockhart - Lyons 

125

McAvin - McCumber 

126

McDonald - Mackey 

127

McLoughlin - McWilliam 

128

Madden - Malley 

129

Marble - Mastling 

130

Mathis - Meyers 

131

Michaels - Mitchell 

132

Mohler - Mowrey 

133

Mulford - Myhr 

134

Naff - Nelson 

135

Netherlands-American Mortgage Bank 

136

Neumann - Newton 

137

Nichols - Niles 

138

Noble - Norman 

139

Northport Power and Light Company 

140-141

Northport State Bank 

142

Northwest Magnisite Company 

143-144

Nugent - Nuse 

145

Oakshott - Ogden 

146

Old Dominion Mining and Milling Company 

147

Old National - O'Toole 

148

Paglini - Paulsen 

149

Pearson - Penzig 

150

Perkins - Peterson, Mabel 

151

Peterson, Ole 

152

Peterson, Otto - Pitman 

153

Plantz - Prall, Lucretia 

154

Prall, W.J. - Quinn 

155

Rader - Reynolds 

156

Rhinehart - Rioth 

157

Roath - Rogers 

158

Rose - Rotter 

159

Rule - Ryan 

160

Sacher - Sax 

161

Schall - Scott 

162

Seale - Shriner 

163

Silke - Sophion 

164

Spokane - State Highway 

165

State of Washington 

Box

Ayers - Guenther 

166

Hartley - Prouty 

167

Rapp - Westensee 

168
Box

Stayner - Stensger 

169

Stevens - Storkan 

170

Strange - Sweezy 

171

Tait - Terrio 

172

Terry - Thomas 

173

Thompson - Townsend 

174

Traders - Twenty 

175

Uderman - Union 

176

United - Upton 

177

Van Allen - Voss 

178

Waddell - Watkins 

179

Weatherlow - Weitensteiner 

180

Welk - Western 

181

Wheatley - Winslow 

182

Wold - Wynn 

183

Yaeger - Zwang 

184

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Series 4: Legal File 

Box

Instructions to juries 

185

Correspondence 1938-1958 

Box

A-B 

186

C-F 

187

G-I 

188

189

Johnson: Political 

190

K-M 

191

N-Q 

192

R-S 

193

T-V 

194

195

X-Z 

196

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Series 5: Later Extension 

Box

Business and Professional Correspondence A-D 1939-1943 

1

Business and Professional Correspondence E-K 1939-1943 

2

Business and Professional Correspondence L-P 1939-1943 

3

Business and Professional Correspondence Q -S 1939-1.943 

4

Business and Professional Correspondence T-Z 1939-1943 

5

Business and Professional Correspondence A-D 1952-1967 

6

Business and Professional Correspondence E-I 1952-1967 

7

Business and Professional Correspondence J 1952-1967 

8

Business and Professional Correspondence K-P 1952-1967 

9

Business and Professional Correspondence S-Z 1952-1967 

10

Business Records and Correspondence 1920-1949 

11

Business Records and Correspondence 1925-1954 

12

Business Records and Correspondence 1937-1945 

13

Business Records and Correspondence 1937-1952 

14

Business Records and Correspondence 1949-1965 

15

Professional Papers - Legal Materials 1913-1924 

16

Professional Papers - Legal Materials 1960-1966 

17

Professional Papers - Legal Materials 1960-1966 

18

Misc. Legal Record Books 

19

Misc. Legal Record Books 

20

Misc. Legal Record Books 

21

Business Records, Publications, and Documents 1902-1948 

22

Dominian Silver Lead Mining Company: 

Box

Business Records 1949-1958 

23

Misc. record Books 

24

Misc. Record Books 

25

Misc. Record Books 

26

Misc. Record Books 

27

Professional and Business Correspondence 1947-1957 

28

Professional and Business Correspondence 1947-1957 

29
Box

Misc. Personal Correspondence 1932-1967 

30

Misc. Publications and Newspaper Clippings 1925-1967 

31

Professional Books 

32

Correspondence and Records Pertaining to Doris M. Johnson (daughter) 1928-1931 

33

Letters of sympathy following Lon Johnson's Death May, 1967 

34

Misc. Photographs 1906-1964 

35

Certificates: 

Box

U.S. Supreme Court Attorney 1928 

36

Attorney and Law Counselor 1912 

36

Attorney at Law 1915 

36

Lieutenant Governor 1925 

36

Superior Court Judge 1939 

36

Superior Court Judge 1956 

36

Photos: 

Box

Washington State Legislature 1927 

Oversized

Washington State Senate 1921 

Oversized

Washington State Senate 1925 

Oversized

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