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Rev. William B. Johnson Collection, 1821 – 1861; bulk 1846-1854

Administrative Information


It is unknown when the majority of this collection was donated to the Library. The correspondence is stamped with a red “01” [Acc. 1959-01] indicating that the materials were found in the library in 1959, having been given at some point to the S.C. Baptist Collection on the downtown campus before the move to the new campus. Claudia K. Townes, granddaughter of Johnson, donated his bound Minutes of the Baptist State Convention of South Carolina 1821-1833 in 1934. Mrs. Emory Halloway (Ella Brooks Harris), great-granddaughter of William B. Johnson, donated the daguerreotype in 1964.

Related Material

  • S.C. Baptist Biography file – William B. Johnson
  • Richard Furman Papers, 1777-1825, Acc. 1960-016
  • William Bullein Johnson Papers, South Caroliniana Library, University of South Carolina.
  • “The Reminiscences of William Bullein Johnson’” Edited by J. Glenwood Clayton, Journal of the South Carolina Baptist Historical Society, November 1978, p. 17
  • Woodson, Hortense. Giant in the Land; A Biography of William Bullein Johnson, First President of the Southern Baptist Convention. Nashville: Broadman Press, 1950.
  • Clayton, J. Glen. William B. Johnson: Shaper of Southern Baptist Origins. Nashville, Tenn: Historical Commission of the Southern Baptist Commission, 1987.

Access and Use

Access and Restrictions

Open to research without restrictions. Researchers are advised to contact Special Collections and Archives prior to visiting.

Preferred Citation

Preferred Citation: [Identification of item], Rev. William B. Johnson Collection, Acc. 0000-012 [Folder #], Special Collections and Archives, Furman University, Greenville, S.C.