Guide to the Edward Emanuel Johnson Collection, 1891-1988

Overview of the Collection

Guide to the Edward Emanuel Johnson Collection
1891-1988 (inclusive)
1 File (1 folder)
Collection Number
Biography and legal documents of early Tacoma shipbuilder, Edward Johnson, from Vanersborg, Sweden.
Pacific Lutheran University, Archives and Special Collections
Archives and Special Collections
Pacific Lutheran University
12180 Park Avenue South
Tacoma, Washington
Telephone: 2535357586
Fax: 2535357315
Access Restrictions

This collection is available for research.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Edward Emanuel Johnson was born in Vänersborg, Sweden in 1868. Beginning as a carpenter at the age of 15, he applied his knowledge towards an apprenticeship at the Langholmens Shipyard in Stockholm, and later emigrated. After serving a year in the Swedish army, where he gained a mastery of French he left Sweden in 1891 for Omaha, Nebraska. He worked in Nebraska as a farm hand, but one year later he continued on to Seattle and then Tacoma, where he re-entered the Maritime industry. He soon gained a high reputation as a ship builder, and eventually collaborated with other ship builders to make larger vessels, such as the halibut fishing vessel, Annie M. Nixon, and served as a foreman at the Crawford and Reid Shipyard in Tacoma. Johnson also participated in the Alaskan Gold Rush in the late 1890s, but after a year he found no gold and returned to Tacoma. Johnoson married Anna Oberg, another Swedish immigrant, in 1892, and they had three children.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

This file includes a copy of Johnson's newspaper obituary, a copy of Johnson's record of naturalization, and a copy of an individual's reminiscences of meeting Johnson at the age of 92. There is also a copy of a travel permit for Anna Oberg that was signed by her pastor in Lyrestad, Skaraborg, Sweden, a copy of an application for placer mining signed by Edvard Johnson and a mining certificate issued by the Dominion of Canada in 1898. An issue of The Sea Chest, the journal of the Puget Sound Maritime Historical Society, in addition to copies of photographs of Johnson's shipyard and with Anna Oberg for their wedding.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Property rights reside with Archives and Special Collections Department at Pacific Lutheran University. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish or quote from (the collection) must be submitted to the University Archivist. The reader must also obtain permission from the copyright holder.

Preferred Citation

Edward Emanuel Johnson Collection, SIEmss_96, Archives and Special Collections, Pacific Lutheran University, 12180 Park Avenue South, Tacoma, WA 98447

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Gold mines and mining
  • Naturalization
  • Prospecting
  • Scandinavian Americans
  • Sweden--Emigration and immigration
  • Swedish Americans

Personal Names

  • Fellman, Olga Fellman
  • Johnson, Edward Emanuel
  • Oberg, Anna Josefina

Corporate Names

  • Ancient Order of United Workmen
  • Crawford and Reid Ship Yard (Tacoma, Wash.)
  • International Fish Company
  • Langholmens Shipyard (Stockholm, Sweden)
  • Puget Sound Maritime Historical Society

Geographical Names

  • Alaska
  • Omaha (Neb.)
  • Skaraborgs län (Sweden)
  • Tacoma (Wash.)
  • Vänersborg (Sweden)

Form or Genre Terms

  • Biographies
  • Birth certificates
  • Legal documents


  • Fishers
  • Shipbuilding

Titles within the Collection

  • News from the Pacific Northwest