The Ellen Hulda Johnson papers are arranged into seven series: Series 1: Personal Papers, circa 1905-2009 (5 linear feet; Boxes 1-2, 56-59) Series 2: Correspondence, 1927-2009 (5.5 linear feet; Boxes 3-7, 60) Series 3: Writing and Research Projects, 1872, 1932-1994 (15.5 linear feet; Boxes 7-20, 56, 61-62) Series 4: Subject Files, 1930-1993 (5 linear feet; Boxes 21-25, 62) Series 5: Teaching Files, 1928-1989 (6 linear feet; Boxes 26-31, 62) Series 6: Professional and Curatorial Files, 1936-1991 (6 linear feet; Boxes 32-37, 56) Series 7: Artists Files, 1935-1992 (18.3 linear feet; Boxes 37-55, 62)
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The papers of art historian, art critic, author, librarian and educator Ellen Hulda Johnson measure 60.3 linear feet and date from 1872-2018, with the bulk of the material dating from 1921-1992. The papers include biographical materials; personal and family files; personal, professional, and business correspondence; extensive research and writing files; teaching files; subject files; professional and curatorial files; and artists' files. Johnson's papers reflect the full range of her career, interests, and close relationships with many artists.
Ellen Hulda Johnson papers, 1872-2018. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
The processing of this collection received Federal support from the Smithsonian Collections Care and Preservation Fund, administered by the National Collections Program and the Smithsonian Collections Advisory Committee.
Papers of Ellen H. Johnson, 1933-1992, are also located at Oberlin College Archives. Shortly after aquisition, the Archives transferred Ellen Hulda Johnson's vertical file (16 linear feet) of clippings, press releases, and exhibition announcements to the library of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery.
Ellen Hulda Johnson (1910-1992) was an art historian, critic, and professor who worked and taught at Oberlin College in Ohio for most of her career.
The Ellen Hulda Johnson papers were donated in 1994, 1998, and 2019 by the estate of Ellen Hulda Johnson via exectutor Athena Tacha.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001