Preliminary Guide to the Carl Johnson and Lenore Emerson Papers
MS.2017.09

Summary Information

Repository
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Title
Carl Johnson and Lenore Emerson papers
ID
MS.2017.09
Date [inclusive]
1917-1920
Extent
1.25 Linear feet 3 boxes.
Location Note
(MASC staff use): 1-38-4-5.
Language
English

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Biographical/Historical note

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 Contents

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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Organization of Collection

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

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

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

Access

This collection is open and available for research use.

Acquisition Information

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

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Washington State University -- Students -- Archives
  • Washington State University -- Students -- History -- Sources

Geographic Name(s)

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

Subject(s)

  • World War, 1914-1918 -- Sailors -- Correspondence
  • World War, 1914-1918 -- Social aspects -- United States

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