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Accession 1217

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Open under the rules and regulations of the Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections

Collection Size

16 boxes, 95 folders



Scope and Content Note

The Johnston Family Papers consists mostly of material genealogical in nature. This genealogical material was accumulated by Andrew D. Johnston with much being handed down to him by family members. Also included is genealogical research conducted by Mr. Johnston and by Patricia Andrews Johnston Treadwell. The research includes Family Tree Makers files, pedigree charts, descendant reports, ahnentafel reports, family unit charts, grave records, family narratives, published genealogical materials, marriage announcements, and obituaries. The prominent family names are Johnston, Huber, Nesbit, Stassen, Wiedderecht, Glass, Briegel, and Boese. Also included in this collection are the personal papers of Thomas Jefferson Johnston, Burdette Francis Johnston, Emily Nesbit Johnston, Robert James Johnston, and Huber Family Papers. Thomas Jefferson Johnston (1837-1894) fought in the Union Army in Company C, 11th Regiment Iowa Infantry, Belknap’s Iowa Brigade, XVII Corps, Army of the Tennessee and the collection consists of his American Civil War Diary and an annotated transcription of the diary by Robert James Johnston. Burdette Francis Johnston (1913-1992) was an instructor of Speech and Theatre and Vice Provost of Kappa Division of the College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn where he taught Jim and John Belushi. He also taught Kathryn Hays (born Kay Piper) who is best known for her role as Kim Hughes on the CBS soap opera, As the World Turns from 1972 to 2010. B.F. Johnston taught Kathryn speech and drama while she attended Joliet Township High School. His collection of papers include his school records (grade school, high school, and college), teaching papers, his letters to his wife Emily Nesbit Johnston before and after their marriage, newspaper clippings and articles, and photographs. The Emily Nesbit Johnston (1917-2008) papers consist of her school records (high school and college), cards and letters, wedding book, and newspaper articles. The Robert James Johnston (1945-2015) papers consists of his school records (grade school, high school, and college), birth announcements, letters and correspondence, newspaper articles, home movies, and family farm records (Columbus Junction, Iowa). The Huber Family papers consist of school records of Sherry Lynn Huber Johnston, records collected by Delbert Edward Huber (1921-2003) and Marion Gertrude Stassen Huber (b. 1926), and newspaper clippings related to Liebermann Jewelers in Joliet, Illinois. Also included in the collection are World War II ration books owned by James R. Johnston of Hoopeston, Illinois, a Stassen Family Bible owned by Charles J. Stassen (1866-1942), a bible owned by Emily Nesbit Johnston, and a bible owned by Robert James Johnston.


American Civil War, Diaries, Union Army


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Johnston Family Papers - Accession 1217

LC Subject Headings

Johnston family; Huber family; Nesbitt family; Stassen family; Wiedderecht family; Glass family; Briegel family; Boese family; Johnston, Thomas Jefferson, 1837-1894--Diaries; Johnston, Burdette Francis, 1913-1992--Archives; Johnston, Emily Nesbit, 1917-2008--Archives; Johnston, Sherry Lynn Huber; Huber, Delbert Edward, 1921-2003--Archives; Huber, Marion Gertrude Stassen, 1926-2021--Archives; United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal narratives; United States. Army. Iowa Infantry Regiment, 11th (1861-1865). Company C; College of DuPage--Faculty; Liebermann Jewelers; Jewelry stores--Illinois--Joliet; United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal narratives