Preliminary Guide to the Carl Johnson and Lenore Emerson Papers 1917-1920

Summary Information

Washington State University Libraries, Manuscripts, Archives and Special Collections
Johnson, Carl.
Preliminary Guide to the Carl Johnson and Lenore Emerson Papers
Date [inclusive]
1.25 Linear feet of shelf space, 3 Boxes
(MASC staff use): 1-38-4-5
Collection materials are in English.
This collection consists of correspondence between Carl Johnson and Lenore Emerson.

Preferred Citation

[Item description]

Preliminary Guide to the Carl Johnson and Lenore Emerson Papers, 1917-1920 (MS.2017.09)

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

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Lenore Emerson and Carl Johnson met as students in a history class at Washington State College, and when Carl joined the Navy in 1917 they began an active correspondence. They married in 1920.

Carl graduated from the preparatory school at WSC in 1916, and entered the college that fall He was a member of the Sigma Nu fraternity. Resuming his studies after the war, he graduated in 1925 and went on to a career as a teacher and school administrator, serving as school superintendent in Battle Ground, WA from 1939 to 1956.

Lenore Emerson was the daughter of a Pullman, WA merchant. She graduated from Pullman High School in 1915, and earned her degree in Home Economics from WSC in 1919. She was a member of the Pi Beta Phi sorority.

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Scope and Content

This collection consists of correspondence between Carl Johnson and Lenore Emerson during and shortly after World War I (1917-1920), and a set of transcriptions created by their daughter, Barbara Potter, in the 1990s.

Preliminary inventory:

Box 1. Letters from Carl Johnson to Lenore Emerson, 1917-1920.

Box 2. Letters from Lenore Emerson to Carl Johnson, 1917-1920.

Box 3. Transcriptions of letters (transcribed and with an introduction by Barbara Potter), 1990s.

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Carl Johnson's letters to Lenore Emerson, and her letters to him, are arranged in separate sequences and filed chronologically.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Washington State University Libraries Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections  © 2020

Terrell Library

P.O. Box 645610

Pullman, WA, 99164-5610 USA


Restrictions on Access

This collection is open and available for research use.

Restrictions on Use

Copyright restrictions may apply.

Acquisition Information

Barbara Johnson Potter donated this collection to the Washington State University Libraries in 2017 (MS.2017.09).

Processing Information

This is a unprocessed collection. Any arrangement reflects either a pre-existing order from the records' creators or previous custodians, or preliminary sorting performed by staff.

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Names and Subjects

Corporate Name(s)

Subject(s) :
  • Washington State University -- Students -- Archives.
  • Washington State University -- Students -- History -- Sources.

Family Name(s)

Geographic Name(s)

  • Pullman (Wash.) -- History -- Sources.

Personal Name(s)

Subject(s) :
  • Johnson, Carl -- Records and correspondence.
  • Emerson, Lenore -- Records and correspondence.
Creator(s) :
  • Emerson, Lenore.


  • World War, 1914-1918 -- Sailors -- Correspondence.
  • World War, 1914-1918 -- Social aspects -- United States
  • Military
  • Washington (State)

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