By Sammie Morris
Title: Blanche Brown Johnson papers, 1875-1921
Primary Creator: Johnson, Blanche Brown (b. circa 1859)
Extent: 0.5 Cubic feet
Arrangement: The Blanche Brown Johnson Papers (1875-1921) are arranged into seven series, contained in one manuscript file box: 1) Correspondence, 1876-1918 and n.d.; 2) Diary, 1875; 3) Art and Architectural Interests, 1912-1915 and n.d.; 4) Photographs, 1912 and n.d.; 5) Financial and Legal Documents, 1886-1921 and n.d.; 6) Notes and Recipes, n.d.; 7) Printed Material, 1910-1916 and n.d., consisting of magazine and newspaper articles and ephemera. The bulk of the papers consist of two file folders of correspondence between Blanche Brown Johnson and her family, primarily with her husband, Oscar Johnson. Correspondence has been arranged chronologically, with undated items placed in the front of the first folder. Financial and legal documents have also been arranged chronologically. Two file folders of newspaper articles and magazine clippings, primarily relating to cooking and interior decorating, are included with the collection.
Subjects: Purdue University--Alumni and alumnae, Women's Archives at Purdue University
Scope and Contents of the Materials
Diaries, correspondence, photographs, and related materials of Blanche Johnson. Includes newspaper clippings and printed material pertaining to items of interest to Blanche Johnson, such as art, bridges, cooking, mysticism, home decorating, poetry, religion, sex, and sewing. Some ephemera, primarily Christmas gift tags and cards collected by Johnson, are included. A constitution and program for the The Art Club of Lafayette, Indiana, 1912-1915, is included in the collection.
Blanche Wallace Brown was born on August 20, ca. 1859, daughter of L.M. and Mary Brown of Lafayette, Indiana. In 1883-1884, Blanche enrolled in special courses at Purdue University, taking wood carving, decorative design, and historical ornament. She married Oscar D. Johnson in 1886, and they had two sons, Harold Brown Johnson (b. 1890) and Maxwell Oscar Johnson. Johnson appears to have gone to college in 1876 to Auburn, New York. She was interested in art, cooking, interior decorating, and served at least one year as President of the Art Club of Lafayette in 1914-1915. Blanche’s son Maxwell Oscar Johnson graduated from the School of Chemical engineering at Purdue University with a B.S. in 1913, and later returned to Purdue to attain a degree in Chemical Engineering in 1928. Maxwell became an internationally known scientist for his research on the pineapple. Blanche’s husband, Oscar D. Johnson, appears to have died in 1921.
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[Box 1: 1875-1921