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Johnson, Thomas A., Papers

 Collection — Container: M1967-06
Identifier: M1967-06-##nox

Scope and Contents

Personal papers, 1826-1975, including correspondence, business records, family papers, photographs and other papers relating primarily to the public offices held by Mr. Johnson, former Clerk of the Court of Records, Escambia County, 1914-1920, and Chairman of the Florida State Road Department, 1941-1944. With papers relating to political activities in Florida, ca. 1937-1960; the Bruce Dry Dock Company, 1909-1949; the Gulf, Alabama & Florida Railroad (also called Florida, Alabama & Gulf), 1910-1916; and the Gulf Ports Terminal Company, 1927.

  &nnsp; Includes letters, photographs and scrapbooks relating to his wife, Mrs. Genevieve Watson Johnson (1893-1977); the United Daughters of the Confederacy; the Pensacola Women's Club; the Petree School for exceptional children; and papers relating to the Watson, Bruce, Ollinger and Quina families of Baghdad and Pensacola.

  &nnsp; Mr. Johnson's personal papers include schoolwork and student essays, 1899-1910; notes relating to the baseball world series of 1911-1915; political matters in Escambia County, 1914-1937; notes on the establishment of Okaloosa County, 1915; and papers relating to the Pensacola Housing Authority, 1937-1941, and the Pensacola Port Authority, 1952-1958. With correspondence, general papers, scrapbooks and miscellaneous imprints relating to his encumbency as State Road Commissioner, 1941-1948, and documents relating to the Gandy ridge, Tampa, the Overseas Highway, Key West, and other road projects, with notes on the founding of Whiting Field, 1943, and Pensacola Bay Bridge, and minutes of meetings and other papers relating to the U.S. Study Commission, Southeast River Basins, 1959-1961. Correspondents includes John W. Martin, Claude Pepper, Spessard L. Holland, R. L. F. Sikes, Millard Caldwell, LeRoy Collins, R. A. Gray, Dan McCarty, Fuller Warren, George Smathers, Woodrow Wilson, H. Clay Armstrong, J. Hardin Peterson, Pat Cannon, Joe Hendricks, Charles O. Andrews, John C. Pace, Webb C. Jernigan, and David Johnson.

  &nnsp; Also includes papers relating to the case of Henry Michelette [Michelet] vs. Sebastian Pintado, 1826, and legal documents relating to the claimants of waterfront lands in Pensacola, 1857-1908; business papers of the Bruce Dry Dock Company, the Bagdad Land & Lumber Company, the Dunwoody-Aiken Towboat Company, and other interests of the Johnson family.


  • Created: 1800-1945
  • Other: Date acquired: 10/00/1967

Conditions Governing Access

Open to researchers, dependent on our compliance with U.S. Copyright Law, HIPPA requirements, donor agreements and other applicable state and federal statutes. Occasionally we may need to review a collection before permitting immediate access.

Conditions Governing Use

Digital photography, scanning, and photocopying of materials is prohibited. Permission may be granted by the University Archivist for such reprography dependent on issues of copyright, ownership, condition, donor agreements, etc. In general, staff do not make reproductions of copyright materials or materials for which title is not owned by the institution. Recent revisions in the U.S. Copyright Law extended the copyright of correspondence, letters, and other personal papers to the life of the author plus seventy years.


1.69 items

Language of Materials



Approximately 1,686 pieces relating to the life and public service of Mr. Thomas A. Johnson (1888-1961), of Pensacola, Florida.

  &nnsp; The collection includes a wide variety of personal papers, documents, business papers, and general correspondence related to the various public and private offices held by Mr. Johnson. Of special interest are the correspondence, notes, clippings, and photographs concerning his service as Chairman of the Florida State Road Department, 1941-1944, and related documents touching on a wide span of activities in the State during the administrations of Governors Holland and Caldwell.

  &nnsp; Incorporated within this collection are significant groups of papers, documents and photographs relating to the Bruce Dry Dock Company, the State Road Department, the Overseas Highway (U.S. #1, to Key West), the Pensacola Bay Bridge, and the U.S. Study Commission on the Southeast River Basins.

Source of Acquisition

Mrs. Thomas A. Johnson

Method of Acquisition


Related Materials

M1967-08 Group II

  &nnsp; M1977-01 Group III
Johnson, Thomas A., Papers
Stephanie Johnson
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Repository Details

Part of the UWF University Archives and West Florida History Center Repository

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