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Descriptive Summary of the Collection

Administrative Information

Biography of Sir William Johnson

Scope and Content of the Collection

Arrangement

Selected Search Terms

Container List

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Inventory of the Sir William Johnson Letters, 1755-1773


The Newberry Library
Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections
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Chicago, Illinois 60610-7324
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Machine-readable finding aid encoded by Polly Smith, 2011.

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Descriptive Summary of the Collection

Creator Johnson, William, Sir, 1715-1774
Title Sir William Johnson Letters
Dates 1755-1773
Extent 0.2 linear feet (1 box)
Abstract Miscellaneous collection of twelve letters written by Sir William Johnson, military commander during the French and Indian War and Superintendent of Indian Affairs, who played a significant role in the colonial history of New York. Correspondence relates to the French and Indian War, Indian treaties and conferences, the Conestoga Massacre (1763), land patents, and the appointment of Johnson's successor.
Language Materials are in English.
Repository Newberry Library, Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections
Collection Call Number VAULT Ayer MS 456
Collection Stack Location VAULT 25 1

Administrative Information

Cite As

Sir William Johnson Letters, The Newberry Library, Chicago.

Provenance

Gift, 1911.

Processed by

Virginia Hay Smith, 2011.

Access

The Sir William Johnson Letters are open for research in the Special Collections Reading Room; 1 box at a time (Priority III).

Ownership and Literary Rights

The Sir William Johnson Letters are the physical property of the Newberry Library. Copyright may belong to the authors or their legal heirs or assigns. For permission to publish or reproduce any materials from this collection, contact the Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections.

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Biography of Sir William Johnson

Military commander during the French and Indian War.

Sir William Johnson, 1715-1774, was Superintendent of Indian Affairs, played a significant role in the colonial history of New York.

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Scope and Content of the Collection

Miscellaneous collection of twelve letters written by Sir William Johnson between 1755 and 1773. The content of most of the correspondence relates to the French and Indian War, Indian treaties and conferences, the Conestoga Massacre (1763), land patents, and the appointment of Johnson’s successor. Correspondents include: Cadwallader Colden, George Croghan, Thomas Gage, Peter Gilman, Richard Gridley, Hubert Marshall, John Penn, William Shirley, Henry Van Schaack, John Watts, and Thomas Wharton.

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Arrangement

Materials arranged alphabetically.

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Selected Search Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Newberry Library's public catalog. Researchers desiring additional materials on a particular topic should search the catalog using these headings.

Names

  • Gage, Thomas, 1721-1787
  • Gilman, Peter, 1704-1788
  • Great Britain. Army -- Colonial forces -- New York (State) -- History -- 18th century -- Sources
  • Great Britain. Army -- Officers -- Correspondence
  • Gridley, Richard, ca.1710-1796
  • Penn, John, 1729-1795
  • Pontiac, Ottawa Chief, d. 1769
  • Watts, John
  • Colden, Cadwallader, 1688-1776
  • Croghan, George, d. 1782
  • Johnson, Guy, ca. 1740-1788
  • Johnson, William, Sir, 1715-1774 -- Correspondence
  • Marshall, Hubert
  • Shirley, William, 1694-1771
  • Van Schaack, Henry, 1733-1823
  • Wharton, Thomas, 1735-1778

Subjects

  • Conestoga Massacre, Pa., 1763 -- History -- Sources
  • Fort Stanwix (Rome, N.Y.) -- History -- 18th century -- Sources
  • Indians of North America -- Northeastern States -- Treaties -- History -- 18th century -- Sources
  • Massachusetts -- History -- 18th century -- Sources
  • Pennsylvania -- History -- 18th century -- Sources
  • Correspondence -- New York (State) -- 1751-1800
  • Fort Edward (N.Y.) -- History -- 18th century -- Sources
  • Indian traders -- Northeastern States -- Correspondence
  • Indians of North America -- Government relations -- To 1789 -- Sources
  • Land companies -- Northeastern States -- History -- 18th century -- Sources
  • Manuscripts, American -- New York (State)
  • New York (State) -- History -- 18th century -- Sources
  • New York (State) -- History -- French and Indian War, 1755-1763 -- Sources

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Container List

Box Folder Contents
1 1 To Gov. Cadwallader Colden, July 3, 1772
1 2 To George Croghan, Feb. 29, 1768
1 3 To Gen. Thomas Gage, July 14, 1766
1 4 To Gen. Thomas Gage, June 2, 1773
1 5 To Col. Peter Gilman, Oct. 31, 1755
1 6 To Richard Gridley: Instructions, Oct. 24, 1755
1 7 To Capt. Hubert Marshall, Sept. 21, 1755
1 8 To Gov. John Penn (draft), Feb. 9, 1764
1 9 To Gov. William Shirley, Jan. 6, 1755
1 10 To Henry Van Schaak, April 19, 1769
1 11 To John Watts, Oct. 22, 1767
1 12 To Thomas Wharton, Sept. 12, 1769