Claudius Osborne Johnson Papers, 1901-1978  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Johnson, Claudius Osborne Papers
Title
Claudius Osborne Johnson Papers
Dates
1901-1978 (inclusive)
Quantity
10 containers., (9.5 linear feet of shelf space.), (11,200 items.)
Collection Number
Cage 214
Summary
Correspondence with William E. Borah, Irvin E. Rockwell, Thomas Stanford and others re: Senator Borah and Rockwell's book manuscript; notes, drafts, correspondence and other papers re: Johnson's Borah of Idaho (1936); also personal and professional correspondence, notes, clippings, and other papers and printed materials. Included are records of Johnson's proposed debate with Will Rogers and his service on the Washington State Department of Social Security Board of Sponsors.
Repository
Washington State University Libraries, Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections.
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections
Terrell Library Suite 12
Pullman WA
99164-5610
Telephone: 509-335-6691
mascref@wsu.edu
Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

Languages
English
Sponsor
Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Claudius Osborne Johnson was born in Greenville, Virginia, January 6, l894. He attended the University of Richmond from 1913 to 1917, receiving an A.B. in 1917. His education was interrupted by service overseas with the United States Army in World War I, where he attained the rank of first sergeant of infantry. Upon his return he took his masters degree from the University of Chicago, 1920-1921, and received his doctorate from that institution in l927. Johnson taught at the University of North Dakota from 1921 through 1926 and at the University of Chattanooga from 1926 through 1928. He came to WSU in 1928 as the first full-time political science professor and chairman of the newly formed Department of History and Political Science. At WSU he met Mary Wilson Maxwell, whom he married in 1929. He served as chair of the department until 1951 and retired from the faculty in 1960. He had been described as "one of the most stimulating people who ever entered a classroom at WSU." (Obituary, Idahonian, February 28, 1976.)

In addition to his teaching career at WSU, Johnson was professionally active in several capacities. Governor Clarence D. Martin appointed him to the state Constitutional Revision Committee, 1935-1936. He received a governor's certificate for contributions to the cultural life of the State of Washington in 1967. Johnson served as the Vice-President of the American Political Science Association in 1958. He was honored by his faculty colleagues in being asked to deliver one of the first Invited Addresses at WSU. He traveled widely and was a Fulbright lecturer at the universities of Sydney and Melbourne in Australia in 1953-1954 as well as visiting professor at the universities of Minnesota, Illinois, Colorado and California at Berkeley. He was a Fulbright visiting professor at the University of Athens in 1961-1962.

Johnson authored many books and scholarly articles. His textbooks have been used nationwide. Government in the United States, American National Government, and American State and Local Government all have appeared in several editions. He wrote several monographs, Carter Henry Harrison I: Political Leader (published by the University of Chicago Press, 1928) and Borah of Idaho (published by Longmans, Green & Co., 1936, and reissued by the University of Washington Press, 1967) and scores of articles for scholarly publications.

Dr. Johnson was a frequent speaker on political and international themes and was a delegate to the peace conference at Geneva, Switzerland, in 1926 as a guest of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and a number of other professional and honorary groups. He received an honorary Doctor of Letters degree from the University of Richmond in 1961. He belonged to Lambda Chi Alpha social fraternity.

Although he retired in 1960, Johnson remained active. He continued to teach on visiting professor appointments and to publish. In 1967, WSU's eight-story Claudius O. Johnson Tower, where the political science department is now located, was dedicated in his honor. Dr. Johnson died in February, 1976.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

[Item Description]. Cage 214, Claudius Osborne Johnson Papers . Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

Series 1: Borah Of Idaho, 1908-1940Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Research and Chapter Notes
Box/Folder
1 / 1
Manuscript Notes (on cards)
4300 items.
undated
Chapter Notes
Box/Folder
2 / 1
I: Illinois (1924-1934)
20 items.
1935
2 / 2
III: Idaho (1909-1934)
20 items.
1935
2 / 3
IV: W.E.B. Attorney at Law, (1910-1929)
10 items.
1935
2 / 4
VII: The Election of a Senator - Old Style, (1902-1908)
18 items.
1935
2 / 5
VIII: The Voice of the People (1918-1934)
18 items.
1935
2 / 6
IX: Dynamite and Politics (1930-1934)
14 items.
1935
2 / 7
X: Idaho's Dividends (1908-1934)
44 items.
1935
2 / 8
XI: The National Statesman Emerges (1909-1911)
7 items.
1935
2 / 9
XI: New Horizons (1940-1936)
7 items.
1935
2 / 10
XIII: Who Is a Republican (1912-1933)
30 items.
1935
2 / 11
XIV: New Freedom Politics (1913-1916)
95 items.
1935
2 / 12
XV: The Apostle of Free Speech (1918-1925)
75 items.
1935
2 / 13
XVI: A Conception of States' Rights (1914-1926)
20 items.
1935
2 / 14
XVII: The Mirabeau of the Battalion of Death (1919 -1934)
115
1935
2 / 15
XVIII: Swords and Ploughshares (1919-1935)
140
1935
2 / 16
XIX: Cleaning the Augean Stables (1921-1928)
50 items.
1935
2 / 17
XX: The Idaho Stalemate (1917-1924)
90 items.
1935
2 / 18
XXI: Borah-Russian Relations (1922-1932)
70 items.
1935
2 / 19
XXII: We Have Scotched the Snake (1923-1929)
35 items.
1935
2 / 20
XXIII: Anti-Imperialism (1909-1928)
50 items.
1935
2 / 21
XXIV: The Outlawry of War (1922-1929)
85 items.
1935
2 / 22
XXV: The Hammer of Thor (1926-1929)
135
1935
2 / 23
XXVI: Borah and Hoover (1929-1932)
150
1935
2 / 24
XXVII: Achilles in His Tent (1932)
35 items.
1935
2 / 25
XXVIII: The New Deal (1932-1935)
150
1935
2 / 26
XXIX: Characteristics (1909-1934)
40 items.
1935
2 / 27
XXX: Newspapers, Technique & Correspondence With Other Statesmen (1923-1926)
15 items.
1935
Box/Folder
2 / 28
Manuscript of Borah of Idaho
1 item.
1936
Subject File
Box/Folder
3 / 29
Bibliography and Outline
35 items.
undated
Correspondence
Box/Folder
3 / 30
Borah in Kansas
20 items.
1934-1935
3 / 30
General
Box/Folder
3 / 31
123
1929-1936
3 / 32-33
161
1934-1940
3 / 34
150
1940-1949
3 / 35
Reprint of Borah Cartoons
35 items.
1935-1936
3 / 36
Reprint of Borah Material
27 items.
1935-1936
3 / 37
Revisions
20 items.
1934-1940
Box/Folder
3 / 38
Election Returns, Idaho
25 items.
1890-1922
3 / 39
Interview, Johnson and Borah
4 items.
1935
3 / 40
Memorial Service for Borah
12 items.
1940
3 / 41
Newspaper Article on Borah
1 item.
1942
3 / 42
Newspaper Clippings
35 items.
1907-1940
3 / 43
Notes on Borah
27 items.
1939
3 / 44
Photographs and Drawings of Borah
8 items.
1932-1936
3 / 45
Political Cartoons
8 items.
undated
3 / 46
Reviews of Borah of Idaho
49 items.
1936-1943
3 / 47
The Roosevelt Club Debate
1 item.
1927
3 / 48
Speeches About Borah
3 items.
1935-1942
Borah Files
Correspondence
Box/Folder
3 / 49
General (carbon and transcribed copies, and originals)
133
1901-1934
3 / 50
C. O. Johnson (transcribed copies)
31 items.
1934-1936
3 / 51
Irvin E. Rockwell (transcribed copies)
155
1911-1940
3 / 52
Rockwell, Stanford, and Johnson (carbon and transcribed copies, and originals)
175
1934-1943
3 / 53
Thomas C. Stanford (transcribed copies)
115
1901-1939
Box/Folder
3 / 54
Correspondence, Speeches, and Newspaper Articles (transcribed copies)
75 items.
1914-1930
3 / 55
Foreign Relations Committee, Letters and Newspaper Articles (transcribed copies)
50 items.
1922-1929
3 / 56
Oratory, Newspaper Articles (transcribed copies)
14 items.
1924-1929
3 / 58
Personal Relationships in Senate, Letters (transcribed copies)
17 items.
1927-1934
3 / 58
Speeches and Articles (carbon and transcribed copies)
50 items.
1908-1934
3 / 59
Speeches and Articles Since 1920 (transcribed copies and originals)
100 items.
1922-1935

Series 2: Professional and Personal PapersReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
General
American Political Science Association Annual Meeting:
Box/Folder
4 / 60
Atlanta, Georgia
25 items.
1935
4 / 61
Political Parties Session
150
1941-1942
Box/Folder
4 / 62
Army Insignia
2 items.
1918
4 / 63
Blanket Primary Notes
50 items.
1932-1938
4 / 64
Christmas Cards (photographs)
9 items.
1960; 1966; 1970; 1971
Correspondence:
Box/Folder
4 / 65
Condolences and Memorials
70 items.
1976-1977
4 / 66
T.Y. Crowell, and Harper and Row
15 items.
1958-1978
4 / 67
Former Colleagues
24 items.
1943-1970
4 / 68-69
Former Students
350
1942-1970
4 / 70
General
140
1938-1960
4 / 71
Paulino Maximo Sebastian
13 items.
1941-1945
Box/Folder
4 / 72
County Government Conference
92 items.
1936
4 / 73
Distinguished Virginians' Homecoming
10 items.
1957
4 / 74
Documents
3 items.
1926; 1948; 1949
4 / 75
Family and Other Intimates (correspondence and clippings)
25 items.
1972-1978
4 / 76
The Girl Graduate Book
1 item.
1917
4 / 77
Johnson Tower (congratulations and correspondence)
75 items.
1964-1967
4 / 78
Letters to Johnson Upon His Retirement
1 item.
1960
Manuscripts:
Box/Folder
4 / 79-81
From Dawn to Sunup
441
undated
4 / 82
From Dawn to Sunup
194
1966
4 / 83
George Douglas Minnick
18 items.
undated
4 / 84
Honor Thy Father and Thy Mother
54 items.
undated
Box/Folder
5 / 85
Memorial Service
14 items.
1976
Newspaper Clippings:
Box/Folder
5 / 86
General
83 items.
1928-1960
5 / 87
Obituaries and Tributes
18 items.
1976
Box/Folder
5 / 88
Odd and Rare Material
65 items.
1922-1960
5 / 89
Photographs
86 items.
1904-1969
5 / 89.5
Pi Sigma Alpha
6 items.
1939-1951
5 / 90
Professional Recognition I
120 items.
1935-1970
5 / 91
Professional Recognition II
180 items.
1942-1971
5 / 92
Resume
4 items.
1972
Rogers-Johnson Debate
Box/Folder
5 / 93
General
81 items.
1933; 1964
5 / 94
Newspapers
7 items.
1933
Box/Folder
5 / 95
Sketches of Johnson
2 items.
1930; 1961
5 / 96
Speeches and Addresses (including notes and correspondence)
250 items.
1952-1965
5 / 97
Student Manual to Accompany Textbooks
1 item.
1958
5 / 98
Third Invited Address Announcement
1 item.
1958
5 / 99
Transcripts, College and University
3 items.
1920; 1927
Turner, George
Box/Folder
5 / 100
Correspondence Regarding Turner
264
1940-1944
5 / 101
Manuscript
207
undated
5 / 102
Papers
24 items.
1925-1931
Box/Folder
5 / 103
U'Ren, William S.
5 items.
1941; 1964
5 / 104
Various Writings
76 items.
undated
6 / 105
Washington State Department of Social Security Board of Sponsors
150 items.
1937
6 / 106
Whiskers
7 items.
1935-1938
6 / 107
Writing Possibilities
7 items.
1955; 1959
Financial Records
Box/Folder
6 / 108-115
Income Tax (Federal)
172 items.
1967-1975
Real Estate:
Box/Folder
6 / 116
Cope House
110
1953-1962
Correspondence and Legal Documents:
Box/Folder
6 / 117
110
1933-1953
6 / 118
11
1956-1961
Box/Folder
6 / 119
Stocks
3 items.
1929; 1938
Scrapbook, Awards, and Certificates
Box/Folder
7 / 120
Scrapbook
1 item.
1936
Awards and Certificates:
Box/Folder
7 / 121
Claudius O. Johnson - Diplomas, Certificates, Appointment, and Citation
11 items.
1913-1960
7 / 121
Mary Wilson Maxwell Johnson - Diplomas and Certificate
3 items.
1917-1923
7 / 121
Helen Balch - Diplomas and Endorsement
3 items.
1905-1909
7 / 121
Harold Eugene Culver - Diplomas
5 items.
1906-1923

Series 3: Publications, 1928-1972Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
8 / 122
The Adoption of the Initiative and Referendum in Washington, reprint from The Pacific Northwest Quarterly. 35:4. 291-303.
1 item.
October 1944
8 / 123
American Government National, State, and Local. New York, Crowell. First Printing. Annotated.
1 item.
1951
8 / 124
American National Government. New York, Crowell. Annotated.
1 item.
1945
8 / 125
American National Government. New York, Crowell. Fourth Edition, Annotated.
1 item.
1955
8 / 126
American National Government, Instructors Manual. With David M. Ogden. Jr; H. Paul Castleberry; and Thor Swanson.
1 item.
1970
8 / 127
American State and Local Government. New York, Crowell. With H. Paul Castleberry; Thor Swanson; Daniel M. Ogden Jr; Fourth Edition.
1 item.
1965
8 / 128
American State and Local Government. New York, Crowell. With Daniel M. Ogden. Jr; H. Paul Castleberry; Thor Swanson; Fifth Edition.
1 item.
1972
8 / 129
Autori e Difensori Delle Liberta Civili, reprint from Rivista Internazionale di Scienze Economiche e Commerciali 9:11. 1-15. Annotated.
1 item.
1962
8 / 130
Borah - His Political Impact, Borah Foundation Lectures. University of Idaho, Moscow, 27-36.
1 item.
1964
8 / 131
Borah of Idaho. New York, Longmans, Green and Co. Annotated, Copies of Political Cartoons Pasted In.
1 item.
1936
8 / 132
Borah of Idaho. New York, Longmans, Green and Co. Annotated.
1 item.
1936
8 / 133
Borah's Bequest to Democracy, Idaho Yesterday. 1:4
1 item.
Winter, 1957-1958
8 / 134
Carter Henry Harrison I. Political Leader. Chicago, University of Chicago Press
1 item.
1928.
8 / 135
Civil Liberties: The Citizens Business, reprint from Western Political Quarterly. 3:4. 501-511.
1 item.
Winter, 1950
8 / 136
Did Judah P. Benjamin Plant the 'States' Rights' Interpertation of the British North American Act?, Reprint From The Canadian Bar Review. 454-477.
1 item.
September 1967
8 / 137
George Douglas Minnick. Contributions to the History of the Pacific Northwest. Pullman, The State College of Washington
1 item.
1939.
8 / 138
George Turner, Attorney-At-Law, Research Studies of the State College of Washington. 11:3. 171-192.
1 item.
September 1943
8 / 139
George Turner. Part I: The Background of a Statesman, Reprint From The Pacific Northwest Quarterly. 34:3 (July 1943) 243-269. Bound With: George Turner. Part II: United States Senator and Counsel and Arbiter for the United States, Reprint from The Pacific Northwest Quarterly. 34:4 (October 1943) 367-392. George Turner of Supreme Court of Washington Territory, Oregon Historical Quarterly. 44:4 (December 1943) 370-385. Annotated. George Turner, Attorney-At-Law, Research Studies of the State College of Washington, 11:3 (September 1943) 171-192. George Turner, a Character from Plutarch, Washington Law Review and State Bar Journal. 18:4 (November 1943) 167-181. Continued in next issue. 18-36. Annotated.
1 item.
1943
8 / 140
George Turner. Part II: United States Senator and Counsel and Arbiter for the United States, Reprint From The Pacific Northwest Quarterly. 34:4. 367-392.
1 item.
October 1943
8 / 141
George Turner of Supreme Court Washington Territory Oregon Historical Quarterly. 44:4. 370-385. Annotated.
1 item.
December 1943
9 / 142
Government in the United States. New York, Crowell. Annotated.
1 item.
1953
9 / 143
Government in the United States. New York, Crowell. Revised Edition, with Supplement. Tenth Printing. Annotated.
1 item.
1939
9 / 144
Government in the United States. New York, Crowell. Revised Edition, Eleventh Printing. Annotated.
1 item.
1940
9 / 145
Government in the United States. New York, Crowell. Third Edition. Annotated. Page Missing.
1 item.
1944
9 / 146
Government in the United States. New York, Crowell. Fourth Edition. Annotated.
1 item.
1947
9 / 147
Government in the United States. New York, Crowell. Fifth Edition
1 item.
1951
9 / 148
Government in the United States. New York, Crowell. Sixth Edition.
1 item.
1956
9 / 149
Identification of the Principal Issues, The Annals. Vol. 283
1 item.
September, 1952
9 / 150
The Initiative and Referendum in Washington, Proceedings of the Public Affairs Conference. The State College of Washington, Pullman
1949
10 / 151
The Kind of Post-War World We Want, Washington Education Journal. 23:1. 6-7.
1 item.
October 1943
10 / 152
Review of The Direct Primary in Idaho by Boyd A. Martin, Pacific Historical Review, 17:1. 95.
1 item.
February, 1948
10 / 153
Review of The Elements of Modern Politics by Francis Graham Wilson, The Pacific Northwest Quarterly. 27:4. 401.
1 item.
October 1936
10 / 154
Review of How They Became President: Thirty-Five Ways to the White House by Rexford G. Tugwell, The Pacific Northwest Quarterly. 56:4. 184.
1 item.
October 1965
10 / 155
Review of Papers of Edward P. Castigan Relating to the Progressive Movement in Colorado by Colin B. Goodykoontz, The Pacific Northwest Quarterly. 33:2. 222-223.
1 item.
April 1942
10 / 156
Review of Pressure Politics in New York: A Study of Group Representation Before the Legislature by Belle Zeller, The Pacific Northwest Quarterly. 28:4. 430.
1 item.
April 1937
10 / 157
Review of Sweet of Colorado by Wayne C. Williams, The Pacific Northwest Quarterly. 35:1. 80-81.
1 item.
January 1944
10 / 158
State Government (U.S.) reprint from Encyclopedia Britannica. 148-150.
1 item.
1971
10 / 159
State and Local Government. New York, Vail-Ballou Press
1 item.
1950.
10 / 160
The Status of Freedom of Expression Under the Smith Act, The Western Political Quarterly. 11:3. 469-480.
1 item.
September 1958
10 / 161
Strain and Restraint: The Impact of Subversive Control on Personal Freedom, Washington State Review. 3:4. 4-11.
1 item.
Summer 1960
10 / 162
The Story of Silver Politics in Idaho, 1892-1902, The Pacific Northwest Quarterly. 33:3. 283-296.
1 item.
July 1942
10 / 163
Washington's Blanket Primary Reviewed, The Pacific Northwest Quarterly. 48:4. 113-119.
1 item.
October 1957
10 / 164
When William E. Borah was Defeated for the United States Senate, Reprint from The Pacific Historical Review. 12:2. 125-138.
1 item.
June 1943
10 / 165
William E. Borah: The Issue First, The Party Second, Northwest Science. 27:3. 95-106.
1 item.
1953
10 / 166
William E. Borah: The People's Choice, The Pacific Northwest Quarterly. 44:1. 15-22.
1 item.
January 1953

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Political science--Study and teaching (Higher)--Washington (State)
  • Personal Names :
  • Johnson, Claudius Osborne, 1894- --Archives (creator)
  • Borah, William Edgar, 1865-1940
  • Rockwell, Irvin E. (Irvin Elmer), 1862-1952
  • Rogers, Will, 1879-1935
  • Stanford, Thomas C.
  • Corporate Names :
  • Washington (State). Dept. of Social Security. Board of Sponsors