Manuscript Collection


Johnson Family



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Accession 162

Inclusive Dates



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

Collection Size

10,000 pieces, 4.75 linear feet



Historical Note

The Johnson Family Papers are the records relating to Dr. David Bancroft Johnson (1856-1928). Dr. David Bancroft Johnson was the founder and first president of Winthrop University. Dr. Johnson served as president of Winthrop from 1886 through 1928 when he died on December 26, 1928.

For more information about David Bancroft Johnson please consult the biography and chronology attached above.

Scope and Content Note

The Johnson Family Papers consist of correspondence, diaries, journals, speeches, reports, newspaper clippings, financial records, photographs, and other records relating to the family of David Bancroft Johnson, founder and first president of Winthrop (1886-1928) including, his wife Mai Rutledge Smith Johnson (Class of 1898), and their children, David Bancroft, Jr., Burgh, and Suzanne Johnson. The collection covers topics concerning David Bancroft Johnson’s work with the Columbia, South Carolina school system and the origins of Winthrop. Correspondents include Edward Southey Joynes, J.C. McCurry, Frances W. Parker, A.D. Mayo, William G. Burgin, and W.R. Bradford among many others.

Additional Notes

Copies of The Johnsonian dated from 1923-1933 transferred to Archives storage, a 1907 cookbook titled The Boston Cooking School Cook Book transferred to Special Collections; copies of Tatlers, catalogues, and bulletins (1930 Winthrop Training School Yearbook, 1904 Winthrop Yearbook, Catalogue of Winthrop Normal College, and Tatlers of 1909, 1915, 1901 and 1916) transferred to Archives storage; book titled Memorial Addresses on the Life and Character of Benjamin R. Tillman, transferred to Special Collections; 1916 edition of LaBelle France transferred to Acquisitions;


The papers of the Johnson Family, first president and founder of Winthrop College - Dr. D.B. Johnson’s family, were deposited by Burgh and Susanne Johnson on January 30, 1978 with the College Archives. An addition of 21 braille books were donated by Rev. Matthew James, Trinity Bible Church, 914 Cherry Road, Rock Hill, SC 29732.


David Bancroft Johnson, Margaret White Johnson Nance, Mai Rutledge Smith Johnson, David Bancroft Johnson Jr., Burgh Johnson, Susanne Johnson, Florence Nance Workman, Winthrop Training School, Winthrop Normal and Industrial College, Winthrop College, Education, Winthrop History, Braille


For information concerning copyright please contact the Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections at Winthrop University.

Johnson Family Papers - Accession 162